Sooners Hang on in Manhattan to Beat Kansas State


Oklahoma’s football team scored on their first five possesions and seven of their eight full possessions of the game, and still had to survive a couple of late scares to beat Kansas State 37-31 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas, on Saturday.

Kansas State got the ball to start the game and converted a 3rd and 14, and a 4th and 5, until the drive ended when Reggie Grimes stripped the ball from Jacardia Wright, and Nik Bonitto picked it up on a bounce and returned it 70 yards to the K-State 19-yard line.

OU got the ball to the one-yard line, then had three straight lost yardage plays.

Caleb Williams took his eye off the shotgun snap and had to recover it for a 12-yard loss, then an illegal procedure penalty lost five more yards, then Spencer Rattler was sacked.

The Sooners had to settle for a 40-yard field goal by Gabe Brkic to make it 3-0 with 4:42 to play in the first quarter.

Kansas State responded with a 10-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a 2-yard touchdown pass from Skylar Thompson to Phillip Brooks on 4th and goal to give the Wildcats a 7-3 lead with 11 seconds left in the first quarter.

OU had just 16 total yards of offense after one quarter.

Oklahoma’s answer was a 75-yard drive in 12 plays, with Jeremiah Hall scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run to give OU the lead again, 10-7, with 10:19 to play in the second quarter.

K-State then took 8:49 off the clock, running 19 plays for 63 yards and then settling for a 29-yard field goal by Taiten Winkel to tie the game 10-10 with 1:30 to play in the first half.

Oklahoma worked down the field to get a 27-yard field goal from Brkic with two seconds left in the half to take a 13-10 lead.

Each team had just three possessions in the first half, not counting the final 2 seconds for K-State to end the half.

The Wildcats had a big lead in time of possession in the first half, 19:37 to 10:23.

Oklahoma got the ball to start the second half and marched 75 yards in 9 plays, with Kennedy Brooks scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run to extend OU’s lead to 20-10 with 11:40 to play in the third quarter.

Brooks had 92 yards rushing on 15 carries.

Oklahoma’s defense forced the first punt of the game on K-State’s ensuing possession after three downs, highlighted by a two-yard tackle for loss by Nik Bonitto.

Oklahoma went on a 90-yard, nine-play drive to extend the lead.

The big play was a 42-yard pass from Rattler to Marvin Mims.

Rattler also found Drake Stoops for a gain of 20, then finished the drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Michael Woods wide open in the end zone to make it 27-10 Sooners with 5:30 to play in the third quarter.

Rattler was 22-for-25 for 243 yards and two touchdowns.

K-State went 75 yards in just five plays to respond, getting a 54-yard pass from Thompson to Keenan Garber on the first play of the drive.

It ended with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Thompson to Deuce Vaughn to cut OU’s lead to 27-17 with 3:19 to play in the third quarter.

Vaughn had 104 yards receiving and 51 yards rushing.

Kansas State tried an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff and kicker Ty Zentner recovered his own kick at the Wildcat 45-yard line.

The play was reviewed on replay and officials determined Zentner’s heel touched the ball after it bounced following his initial contact with the ball, giving OU the ball at the K-State 36-yard line.

OU couldn’t capitalize, as Rattler was intercepted on a deep pass by Julius Brents at the KSU 7-yard line.

Kansas State moved into OU territory, but on 4th and 13, a Thompson pass was incomplete on a diving attempt by Landry Weber and the Sooners took over at their own 48-yard line.

OU marched 52 yards in six plays, with Kennedy Brooks gaining 28 yards on a run, setting up a one-yard shovel pass from Rattler to Hall for a touchdown to make it 34-17 Sooners wtih 9:49 to play.

The Wildcats came back with an 11-play, 75-yard drive, with Thompson passing to Vaughn for a gain of 32 yards, then Thompson found Weber for a 6-yard touchdown pass to cut OU’s lead to 34-24 with 4:15 left.

Thompson was 29-for-41 for 320 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Oklahoma milked some time off the clock and got a 47-yard field goal from Brkic to make it 37-24 with 1:33 to play.

Before the Sooners had a chance to enjoy the lead, Malik Knowles returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown to make it 37-31 with 1:20 to play.

OU recovered the onside kick to clinch the win.

Kansas State outgained OU 420 yards to 393 in total offense.

Kansas State had won two in a row over the Sooners.

Oklahoma improves to 5-0, 2-0 in Big 12 play.

The Sooners face Texas in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas next Saturday at 11:00 am.

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