Defense responds, No. 12 Sooners top Cyclones 26-6
Landry Jones threw for 256 yards, Blake Bell punched in two
short touchdown runs and No. 12 Oklahoma set up a Bedlam showdown
for the Big 12 championship by beating Iowa State
Trey Franks finished with 88 yards rushing on two long reverses
to set up scores for the Sooners (9-2, 6-2 Big 12), and Michael
Hunnicutt matched his career-high with four field goals.
Rebounding after allowing a school-record 616 yards allowed last
week in a 45-38 loss at Baylor, Oklahoma held Iowa State (6-5, 3-5)
to a season-low 245 yards and only let the Cyclones score after
James Winchester’s snap sailed over the head of punter Tress Way in
the first quarter.
Oklahoma will visit No. 4 Oklahoma State next week with the
winner earning the Big 12 title.
The Cyclones didn’t sustain a drive for longer than 35 yards and
got their only points on Jared Barnett’s 10-yard touchdown pass to
Albert Gary one play after Oklahoma’s botched punt. They got shut
out the rest of the way, failing in their chance to pull off
another monumental upset eight days after the biggest win in school
history last week against then-No. 2 Oklahoma State.
Iowa State hasn’t beaten ranked opponents in back-to-back weeks
since 1974 and was trying to win for just the sixth time in 76
meetings with Oklahoma all time.
Each team turned it over four times in a game played in front of
thousands of empty seats at sold-out Owen Field, with winds
sustained at over 30 mph and gusting beyond 40 mph.
The Sooners were able to find enough offense to win it. Bell
scored on a 3-yard run and a 1-yarder, and Oklahoma settled for
field goals on four other red zone possessions.
After being practically unstoppable in the scoring zone a week
ago at Baylor, Bell ran into trouble early on against the Cyclones.
He was stuffed on Oklahoma’s first red zone possession, leading to
Hunnicutt’s 20-yard field goal, and then threw an interception to
Jake Knott the next time.
But the Sooners kept going back to their third-string
quarterback, who last week joined J.C. Watts and Jamelle Holieway
as the only quarterbacks in the program’s history with four rushing
TDs in a game. He scored on a 3-yard keeper in the second quarterto
give Oklahoma the lead to stay, then smashed his way into the end
zone from a yard out on the next possession to make it 17-6.
Hunnicutt added field goals from 28 and 36 yards to push the
halftime lead to 23-6, and he provided the only points of the
second half on a 21-yarder. Franks set it up with a 45-yard
reverse, getting tackled at the 1-yard line before the Sooners’
goal line offense got stuffed.
Jones failed to throw a touchdown pass for the second straight
game and had two interceptions.
Barnett finished with 125 yards on 13-for-28 passing with one
interception, losing for the first time in four career starts. He
also fumbled a first-quarter handoff to James White, after White
had already fumbled on his first carry of the game.
The Cyclones also turned it over when linebacker Jevohn Miller
muffed a kickoff that was blown around by the wind, leading to
Hunnicutt’s third field goal of the opening half.
Iowa State had its lowest yardage output since being held to 183
in a 52-0 shutout at Oklahoma last season.