Oklahoma started the day by unveiling a statue of the fierce Selmon bothers. Following that, the current Sooners squared off with Kansas State to open conference play.
The Sooner defense opened the contest by notching a pair of tackles for loss. However, Kansas State came in with a go for broke attitude. They converted two third downs and a fourth down en route to an Adrian Martinez six yard touchdown run which put the Wildcats up 7-0.
Oklahoma’s offense couldn’t answer. They managed to pick up a first down, but the drive stalled after Dillon Gabriel’s pass on third down was tipped. K-State took the ball back on their own 25 after a Michael Turk boot.
The worst scoring offense in the Big 12 matriculated down the field quickly. Hitting a couple of pop passes including one to Deuce Vaughn. The drive concluded with Kansas State and Adrian Martinez finding paydirt. Martinez connected on a six yard strike to Malik Knowles. 14-0 Cats.
Oklahoma felt the punch by K-State and countered as Dillon Gabriel hit Theo Wease on a 56 yard touchdown pass. It was one of two passes Wease caught on the drive. OU cut the deficit in half trailing 14-7.
Oklahoma got a stop and a score to answer. Gabriel hit Marvin Mims on a 50 yard bomb to help square the game up at 14.
K-State navigated through the Oklahoma defense yet again to get inside the five on the Sooners, but the defense held forcing a fourth down. But as the Wildcats kept with their theme of being aggressive, Adrian Martinez hopped over the pile for a first down. On the next play, he used a QB read to dive in for a three yard touchdown. K-State took control 21-14.
The two would trade field goals to end the half. OU trailed at the break for the first time all season 24-17.
After the half, not much changed with Oklahoma and Kansas State each adding field goals as each defense bent, but didn’t break. Zach Schmit connected on a 45 yarder while Chris Tennant drilled a 29 yarder to keep OU down by a touchdown. Sooners trailed 27-20 with 5:19 left in the third.
It stayed scoreless until the fourth quarter with eight minutes left. Adrian Martinez didn’t blink when he powered home a 15 yard touchdown run to give the Cats a 34-20 lead. His third rushing touchdown of the night.
The Sooners then orchestrated a nine play, 75 yard drive capped off by a Dillon Gabriel one yard touchdown pass to Brayden Willis. Sooners trailed by seven, 34-27.
Oklahoma had to force a stop defensively, but on third and 15 Adrian Martinez wouldn’t be denied breaking off a 55 yard run inside the OU ten yard line. He would later score on his fourth rushing touchdown of the night. Sooners trialed 41-27.
Dillon Gabriel quickly led the Sooners down the field connecting with Brayden Willis on a ten yard touchdown pass. Sooners trailed 41-34.
However, the Sooners couldn’t convert the onside kick with less than a minute to play and that iced it as Oklahoma lost their 12th home game since 1999, 41-34.
Adrian Martinez was 21-34 for 234 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for 148 yards and four scores. Deuce Vaughn carried it 25 times for 116 yards, but couldn’t find the end zone.
Dillon Gabriel passed for 330 yards and four touchdowns going 26 of 39. Eric Gray led the Sooners in rushing with 114 yards on 16 carries.
Next up Oklahoma visits unbeaten TCU October 1st in Fort Worth.