Mayfield, Westbrook lead No. 19 Sooners over K-State 38-17
Oct 16 2016 by Marjorie Miles
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Cody Thomas (14) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Kansas State Wildcats at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. We are almost halfway through the college season and the best five teams seem to have found their spots. Last Saturday, the Wildcats beat Texas Tech 44-38 despite the Red Raiders running 91 plays and gaining 592 yards. In fact, the road team has reeled off five straight victories in the series, including Wildcat wins over top-12-ranked Sooners squads in 2014 and 2012. Both the side and the total moved off the original numbers in this matchup, will Oklahoma moving from a 10-point favorite to -10.5, and the total dropping from 63.5 down to 60.5. Mixon had a pair of 100-yard games before that. The Horned Frogs trailed the Jayhawks by nine points heading into the final frame, but their defense held Kansas scoreless and they escaped Lawrence, Kansas, with a 24-23 win.
Oklahoma's players have said repeatedly that Kansas State is much better now. The Bedlam game the last week of the season has a good chance to decide the conference title. "As significant as anything, coaches and players are going against tempos varying from fast to faster so they have to be able to process information quicker than ever". Kansas State has won the last two head-to-head games in Norman.
Westbrook did have one catch for 20 yards on OU's opening drive, which was capped by a 25-yard Baker Mayfield to Perine screen pass for a touchdown.
The Red Raiders (3-2; 1-1) will be looking for their first win over Oklahoma (3-2; 2-0) since the 2011 season.
"I think we've just kinda found our identity".
Many expected a close game, as Oklahoma was coming off a loss to Texas and K-State had recently played Oklahoma State and TCU to the wire. A team that always plays hard, plays well, very sound fundamentally.
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He said: "I think we're very confident, still". "Obviously emotions run high, and Ben is an emotional guy", Buttler said. First he launched the late-order counter-attack, hitting 44 off 29 balls to give his side a target to defend.
"He would just tell me that they're pretty easy to tackle", Walker said of his conversation with Willis. Defensively, Kansas State football is yielding 229.4 yards in passing and 80.8 yards in rushing against the opposing teams.
Oklahoma has plenty of experience squaring off with dual threat quarterbacks, seeing OU had to game plan for Houston's Greg Ward, Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and TCU's Kenny Hill so far this season, but the Sooners didn't have an incredible amount of success when it came time to slow those guys down.
Oklahoma will look to senior middle blocker Micaela Spann, who leads the Big 12 in hitting percentage at.420.
"We've created some fumbles just by catching the quarterback in the middle of the throwing motion", Snyder said.
- Speaking of near-misses, Iowa State (1-5, 0-3) has blown late leads in back-to-back losses to the Bears and Oklahoma State.
"He's getting his rhythm back", coach Bob Stoops said.