NORMAN, Okla. – After a difficult loss to Baylor last week, the Oklahoma Sooners are preparing to get back on track this weekend when they face Iowa State.
Last week, the Sooners fell to undefeated Baylor, who racked up 459 total yards and 28 first downs.
The Sooner defense held strong the first half but rarely saw the bench as the offense continued to have three and out possessions .
In the first half, Oklahoma was only able to make one third-down conversion.
Throughout the game, OU managed 16 first downs and 237 total yards on 70 plays.
Quarterback Blake Bell struggled most of the game, finishing 15-of-35 passing for 150 yards.
He recorded one touchdown and two interceptions.
The Sooners will have a chance to get back on track when they face Iowa State on Saturday in Norman.
So far, Iowa State has won only one game this season but many of the team’s losses have come down to one possession.
The Cyclones are coming off a heartbreaking 21-17 loss to TCU after the Horned Frogs’ Trevone Boykin scored the winning touchdown with 38 seconds left in the game.
The Sooner defense will have their eyes on running back DeVondrick Nealy.
Nealy has scored a touchdown in four consecutive games in three different ways.
Last week, he returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.
The team also relies on wide receiver Quenton Bundrage, who has six touchdown catches this year.
He is the only offensive player on the team to start all nine games.
Sooner coaches are hoping the defense will be able to shut down the Cyclones’ passing game with aggressive attacks on the offensive line.
The defense, led by Frank Shannon, Eric Striker, Aaron Colvin and Zack Sanchez, will do its best to shut down the Cyclones by messing up the rhythm of the offensive line.
Not a single ISU offensive lineman has started every game this season, following a series of injuries.
However, if the Cyclones are able to make it to red zone, they will capitalize on the opportunity.
ISU is 23-of-24 in the red zone, ranking fourth in the nation and leading the Big 12.
For the Sooners, quarterback Blake Bell will need to find his rhythm to move the ball down the field with the help of Jalen Saunders.
The biggest threat to the offense is linebacker Jeremiah George, who has racked up double-digits in tackles in seven games this season.
He leads the Big 12 and ranks fourth in the nation in tackles per game.
OU will also need to secure the ball when it is in their hands; the Cyclones have 15 takeaways this season.
Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
The game will be broadcast by Fox Sports 1.