Oklahoma 51, Kansas State 14
What Happened: Oklahoma never let it get close, getting out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter on two of Kyler Murray’s three touchdown passes on the day. Helped by a Murray scoring run, the Sooners rolled to a 34-7 halftime lead – Skylar Thompson scored for Kansas State on a five-yard run – and got up 51-7 in the fourth before Kansas State got back on the board with a nine-yard Justin Silmon touchdown run.
What Mattered: Murray was amazing – again. He completed 19-of-24 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns, and ran five times for 46 yards and a touchdown. He and the OU offense were absolutely flawless.
– Kennedy Brooks added 94 yards and two scores, and TJ Pledger ran for 91 yards as the Sooners tore off 322 yards and three scores, averaging over eight yards per carry. CeeDee Lamb was brilliant, too, taking four catches for 160 yards and two scores. Everything worked.
– Kansas State got outgunned 702 yards to 245. Skylar Thompson completed 13-of-21 passes for 108 yards, and ran seven times for a team-high 54 yards and a touchdown. But …
Thoughts: This was the worst possible game for Kansas State. It’s not built to come up with big yards and massive comebacks, and that’s what it had to do. There’s no shame in losing at Oklahoma, but after losing four of the last five games, it has to take care of a reeling TCU on the road and beat Kansas to follow to get in the mix for bowl eligibility. It needs to win three of its last four games.
– The offense keeps on humming. The Sooners have now come up with 49 points or more in five of the eight games, and it’s getting sharper and sharper. Now the Sooners go to Texas Tech, with Oklahoma State, Kansas and at West Virginia to go. They’ll get into shootouts, but there’s no stopping this thing. Best of all, though, the defense came through, too.