Instant analysis: Oklahoma 35, ISU 20
November, 3, 2012
By Jake Trotter | ESPN.com
AMES, Iowa -- After a sluggish first quarter, the Sooners finally got rolling offensively to cruise to a 35-20 win over Iowa State on the road.
It was over when: Oklahoma free safety Tony Jefferson picked off Steele Jantz inside the OU 20-yard line with 3:14 left in the game to finish off a mild Iowa State rally. The interception was the Sooners' only forced turnover of the day.
Game ball goes to: OU running back Brennan Clay, who rushed for a career-high 157 yards on 24 carries in relief of hobbled starter Damien Williams. Clay also dashed for an 18-yard touchdown late in the third quarter that put the Sooners up two scores.
Stat of the game: The Sooners gashed Iowa State on third down, converting 9 of 14 attempts. Landry Jones completed two of his touchdown passes on third-and-9.
Turning point: After picking off Jones, Iowa State pulled to within 7-6 on an Edwin Arceo 51-yard field goal. The Sooners seemed to content to run out the last minute of the first half, handing the ball off twice. But then Jones completed back-to-back bombs, including a 21-yard touchdown lob to Kenny Stills 14 seconds before halftime.
Unsung hero: Sooners wide receiver Justin Brown came through with two of the biggest plays of the game. Brown hauled in a 40-yard catch near the end of the first half to set up the Stills touchdown. He also snagged a tipped pass in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown to cap OU’s opening drive of the third quarter.
What it means: The Sooners remain on Kansas State’s heels in the Big 12 title race, though still need a lot of help. Iowa State missed a chance to become bowl eligible for the second straight season, but still has three more opportunities to get there.
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Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35