Bill Snyder has had some very good teams during his almost three decades coaching the Kansas State Wildcats. This year’s team is not one of them. Oklahoma dominated K-State from start to finish en route to a 51-14 win in Norman Saturday afternoon.
This game was so out of hand that quarterback Kyler Murray and a number of other starters didn’t even stay in the game a full three quarters. Murray was nearly perfect, completing 19/24 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns through the air. The dual-threat QB also added 46 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Sophomore CeeDee Lamb was Murray’s favorite target yet again as he hauled in four catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns including an 82-yard score late in the first quarter.
The lopsided game gave the Sooners a chance to get several young players involved in the running game. A pair of freshmen running back both turned in the best performances of their young careers. Kennedy Brooks rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries, while true freshman T.J. Pledger added 91 yards of his own on a career-high 13 carries.
The Sooners waited just two minutes into the game to get on the board when Kyler Murray found Grant Calcaterra for a 35-yard touchdown strike. An Austin Seibert field goal followed by Lamb’s long touchdown catch put OU up 17-0 before Kansas State could even put it’s shoes on.
K-State cut the lead to 17-7 early in the second quarter before OU put up 34 unanswered points to put the game completely out of reach.
The longest score of the game came when Kennedy Brooks torched the Wildcat defense for a career-long 86-yard touchdown run on OU’s first drive of the second half. Brooks has seen his role increase each week since Rodney Anderson went down with an injury. Between Brooks, Trey Sermon and T.J. Pledger, it appears the Sooner running attack is in good hands.
Ruffin McNeil’s defense looked solid once again in his second game as interim defensive coordinator. The Sooners held K-State to just 245 yards of total offense. The defense will be tested quite a bit the next two weeks as OU takes on a pair of pass-happy offenses in Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
While this game was great, please don’t let it distract you from what’s really important this holiday season...
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