The Oklahoma football team got three interceptions and some key special teams plays to beat Iowa State 27-13 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday.
Woodi Washington, Justin Broiles and Danny Stutsman all had interceptions, and kicker Zach Schmit kicked two field goals and scored on a fake field goal in the OU win.
OU got the ball to start the game, and a holding penalty on the first play set them back and they were forced to punt after three downs.
On Iowa State’s second snap, Hunter Dekkers’ deep pass was picked off by OU’s Woodi Washington at the Sooner 42-yard line.
Oklahoma gave it right back five plays later, as Eric Gray had the ball stripped by Myles Purchase, and Gerry Vaughn recovered at the Cyclones’ 13-yard line.
Iowa State faced a fourth and 1 at their own 45-yard line, but Cartevious Norton was stopped for a loss of one by Justin Broiles and the Sooners took over on downs.
Oklahoma got into field goal range from there and Zach Schmit kicked a 41-yard field goal to give OU a 3-0 lead with 6:31 to play in the first quarter.
Iowa State answered with a drive that led to a 27-yard field goal by Jace Gilbert to tie the game at 3-3 with 2:08 left in the first quarter.
Oklahoma got the ball inside the ISU five-yard line and appeared to be settling for a 19-yard field goal, but the Sooners faked it.
Holder Michael Turk flipped the ball to kicker Schmit and he ran it in from 9 yards out for the touchdown to put the Sooners up 10-3 with 12:23 to play in the second quarter.
Iowa State had to punt after three downs, and OU drove to another field goal, with Schmit kicking a 34-yarder to put the Sooners up 13-3 with 6:30 left in the first half.
The two teams exchanged punts, then Iowa State got a 43-yard field goal from Gilbert to cut OU’s lead to 13-6 with 45 seconds left in the second quarter.
The second half began with three possessions ending in punts.
Oklahoma then got the first score of the half, going 78 yards in 8 plays, with Dillon Gabriel passing to a wide open Jalil Farooq for a 41-yard touchdown to put the Sooners up 20-6 with 4:18 left in the third quarter.
Gabriel was 15-for-26 passing for 148 yards, with Farooq catching four passes for 74 yards.
After an exchange of punts, Iowa State got their first touchdown drive, going 53 yards in 12 plays.
The Cyclones converted two fourth downs, including on the scoring play, as Hunter Dekkers passed to Jaylin Noel for a 15-yard touchdown on 4th and 12.
It cut OU’s lead to 20-13 with 10:29 to play in the fourth quarter.
Iowa State forced an OU punt after three downs, but the Sooner defense got the ball back.
Dekkers was intercepted by Justin Broiles at the Sooner 33-yard line.
Oklahoma couldn’t capitalize, however, and had to punt, and they got a beauty from Michael Turk, a 61-yarder that was downed at the Iowa State 2-yard line.
The OU defense got their second straight interception, with Dekkers picked off by Danny Stutsman, who returned it 37 yards to the Cyclones’ 2-yard line.
Two plays later, Eric Gray scored on a 4-yard touchdown run out of the wildcat formation, and OU led 27-13 with 4:36 to play.
Gray had 101 yards rushing on 20 carries.
Iowa State drove inside the OU 5, but on 4th and 1, Dekkers pass was incomplete to seal the Sooners win.
OU has won 36 of their last 38 games in Ames.
Oklahoma improves to 5-3 overall, 2-3 in Big 12 play.
The Sooners host Baylor next Saturday, with kickoff to be announced soon.