Oklahoma trailed Iowa State 3-0 when their offense took the field for the first time on Saturday night but it only took one play to erase that deficit. Baker Mayfield connected wit Dimitri Flowers, on a flea-flicker, for a 75-yard score and the rout was on from there. The Sooners would cross the goal line two more times in the opening quarter to carry a 21-3 lead into the next frame.
After Iowa State held the OU offense in check for the second quarter, Oklahoma quickly turned a 21-9 halftime lead in to a 38-9 romp with a barrage of three more touchdowns in the third, including a 74-yard pass from Mayfield to Sterling Shepard.
After Joe Mixon's 57-yard touchdown run in the fourth boosted the Sooners to a 45-9 lead, Trevor Knight connected with Mark Andrews who in turn did the lion's share of the work on a 55-yard touchdown for OU's final score of the night.
Mayfield accounted for four touchdowns on the night, including three through the air and one on the ground, while throwing for 342 yards with no turnovers. It was another outstanding performance for Oklahoma's outstanding signal caller.
Durron Neal was the top receiving target on the night. Oklahoma's senior receiver caught a game-high 10 passes for 75 yards, while Sterling Shepard had a team-high 94 yards on four receptions. In all, nine different Oklahoma players recorded at least one reception on Saturday night, including Shepard, Andrews, Flowers, and Dede Westbrook who all caught touchdown passes.
Oklahoma's running backs got into the mix as well with Samaje Perine averaging 7.3 and Mixon 11 in route to a 279 yard rushing performance by the team. Both Perine and Mixon added scores to their performance as the duo combined for 180 yards on the ground.
The Sooners did what they should have done against Iowa State, which was win convincingly, and now prepare for a trip to Waco and a date with the Baylor Bears next Saturday. ESPN's college GameDay will be there to bring national attention to the game itself, and further elevate the stage for a potential post-season awards tour for Mayfield. Through Saturday night he's thrown for 2,812 yards and 28 touchdowns to just four interceptions. He's also punched in another five touchdowns on the ground while running for 225 yards. It's time to start talking about this kid in the conversations for hardware.
Quarterbacks - There's not much more you could ask for from Baker Mayfield. He was 23/31 on the night with three scores and 300+ yards through the air. Trevor Knight was 2/2 for 63 yards and a score in relief. Overall Grade: A+
Running Backs - I would have liked to have seen Samaje crack 100 yards, and I would have liked for him not to have fumbled, but the overall body of work was good for Oklahoma on the ground. The Sooners ended up with 279 total rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. Overall Grade: A-
Receivers/Tight Ends - Still can't say enough about my excitement for the development of Mark Andrews. He will become a significant aspect of Oklahoma's passing attack in the very near future. Durron Neal has also become what we had hoped, which is a consistent threat when Sterling Shepard draws blanket coverage. Overall Grade: A+
Offensive Line - I think we're just going to have to learn to live with a little hiccup here and there from this group but you can't deny their improvement. They paved the way for Oklahoma's success on the ground and were more than enough in pass protection against a defense that recorded a shutout last week.