It took Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler’s greatest efficiency of the season, a giant recreation on the bottom from Kennedy Brooks and a few huge performs on protection for the sixth-ranked Sooners to lastly beat Kansas State.
Oh, and a pair essential calls that had been overturned of their favor by video evaluations.
Rattler completed with 243 yards passing and two touchdowns Saturday, Brooks ran for 91 yards and a rating in a giant bounce-back recreation, and the Sooners recovered an onside kick with simply over a minute left to wrap up a 37-31 victory that ended a maddening two-game shedding streak to the Wildcats.
“You have to find ways to win. We’ve won in several different ways early in the season,” mentioned Sooners coach Lincoln Riley, whose group is nonetheless 5-0 and 2-0 within the Big 12. “I think that bodes well because this team has some grit in them.”
It was the primary street recreation for the Sooners since asserting they would depart the Big 12 for the SEC, and the perilous footing that left Kansas State and the remainder of the league on was mirrored within the reception they bought.
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Skylar Thompson returned from a knee harm to throw for 320 yards and three scores for the Wildcats (3-2, 0-2). Deuce Vaughn had 51 yards speeding to go together with 10 catches for 104 yards and a rating, and Malik Knowles returned a kick 93 yards for a landing with 1:20 remaining for the ultimate margin.
“We had a chance to win, had a number of opportunities,” Kansas State coach Chris Klieman mentioned. “We played for four quarters, played with great passion, and I told the guys, ‘We’re a good team. We just have to believe we’re a good team.'”
The Sooners twice needed to sweat out video evaluations within the second half.
The first got here when Kansas State recovered an onside kick within the third quarter, and referee Kevin Hassell went to substantiate the ball traveled 10 yards. It did, however the Sooners challenged the play once more, contending kicker Ty Zentner had unintentionally kicked the ball twice — which he additionally did. The unlawful touching gave Oklahoma the ball.
“By case-book ruling,” Big 12 officiating coordinator Greg Burks mentioned, “we corrected the obvious error.”
The second assessment got here after the Wildcats bought the ball again trailing 27-17 within the fourth. Landry Weber was dominated to have caught a go changing fourth down, however the ball had clearly hit the bottom and one other play was overturned.
Hall scored his second TD on a shovel go a couple of minutes later to assist Oklahoma put away the sport.
“We were prepared for anything and everything,” Hall mentioned, “and we went out there and did our thing.”
Thompson had not performed because the second recreation of the season, when he harm his knee whereas attempting to dam for Vaughn towards Southern Illinois. And whereas Klieman referred to as it “unlikely” that his star would play towards the Sooners, it grew to become clear throughout warmups that it had grow to be fairly sure.
With their sixth-year senior beneath middle, the Wildcats moved the ball effectively for the primary time in weeks. And after backup operating again Jacardia Wright coughed up the ball to finish their first drive, they reached the top zone a couple of minutes later to take a 7-3 lead — their solely one of many recreation.
The Sooners answered with a 75-yard drive of their very own that Hall ended with a brief TD run, and the groups swapped area targets heading into halftime, leaving Oklahoma with a 13-10 lead — and every group’s punter a little bit bit bored.
In truth, no one punted till Oklahoma compelled one halfway by way of the third quarter.
By that time, Rattler had already led the Sooners 75 yards for an additional landing; they by no means even confronted third down on the drive. And when the Wildcats did power third down on the subsequent sequence, Rattler merely hit Drake Stoops for 20 yards for a primary down, then linked with Michael Woods on the subsequent play for a 27-10 lead.
Then got here the video evaluations and a nervy ultimate jiffy earlier than the Sooners may ultimate exhale.
“If we continue to play with that kind of passion and effort, and get better during the off week — and get healed up a bit — we have a good story we can write,” Klieman mentioned.
Oklahoma squeaked by way of one other shut recreation regardless of permitting three fourth-down conversions, committing 10 penalties for 85 yards and twice placing the ball on the bottom; the Sooners recovered each fumbles.
Kansas State bought a giant carry from Thompson on offense, however the protection struggled once more to get off the sector. Oklahoma solely confronted seven third downs, changing 4, and was 6 for six scoring within the purple zone.
Oklahoma heads to Dallas to face Texas within the Red River Shootout subsequent Saturday.
Kansas State will get subsequent week off earlier than enjoying Iowa State on Oct. 16.
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