4. Oklahoma 37, Iowa State 27
Iowa State was at least able to test the Oklahoma defense.
After getting stuffed by Iowa the week before, the Cyclones were able to get a big game out of Zeb Noland under fire – the big sophomore was able to throw for 360 yards and two scores.
Hakeem Butler was one of the best players on the field – catching five passes for 174 yards and two thrilling touchdowns – and the defense was able to keep the game from getting out of hand, but …
Oklahoma had the weapons.
How did the ground game do without Rodney Anderson? Kyler Murray ran more – he led the team with 77 yards – and Trey Sermon averaged 5.7 yards per carry with a touchdown, but the rushing attack wasn’t the same.
Murray wasn’t the same, either. He picked a great time to come up with his Heisman-caliber moment, completing 21-of-29 passes for 348 yards and three scores to go along with his big day on the ground. It helped that Hollywood Brown took a pass 75 yards for a score – 191 yards overall – and the rest of the receivers did their part, but Murray was sharp.
No, it wasn’t the dominant performance the Sooners came up with in the first two weeks, but it was a double-digit win on the road in conference play. The machine keeps on rolling.