Posted by Tom Fornelli
OKLAHOMA WON. Kansas State's dream of an undefeated season came to an end on Saturday in Manhattan as an Oklahoma team that was looking to make a statement following a loss to Texas Tech made its statement. This game was close for the first 30 minutes, as Kansas State had a 17-14 lead in the 2nd quarter and trailed only 23-17 at halftime, but then the Sooners blew the Wildcats out of the water in the second half.
The Oklahoma defense figured out how to stop Collin Klein and the Wildcats on defense, and then the offense kept adding to its lead. The further the Wildcats got behind the easier it was for Oklahoma to stop them as this Kansas State offense just isn't built for comebacks.
WHY OKLAHOMA WON. Aside from the defensive performance in the second half, the thing that Oklahoma really had going for it on Saturday was the return of Landry Jones. Jones hadn't been sharp in recent weeks, and he threw 2 interceptions in the first half, but he finished his day with 505 yards passing and 5 touchdowns.
WHEN OKLAHOMA WON. When Jaz Reynolds needed only his right hand to pull in his second touchdown grab of the day in the third quarter, making the score 37-17 Sooners, the air came out of Bill Snyder Family Stadium. It seems even Kansas State fans knew their team couldn't make up a 20-point deficit against Oklahoma.
WHAT OKLAHOMA WON. The Sooners got some of their swagger back following last week's loss, but more importantly, Oklahoma is still alive for the Big 12 title. If it can beat Oklahoma State to end the season, even if Kansas State wins out, the Sooners would hold the tiebreaker over both Oklahoma State and Kansas State. So there's still plenty to play for in Norman.
WHAT KANSAS STATE LOST. Kansas State had its doubters coming into this game, and after this performance those doubts aren't going away. Yes, what has taken place in Manhattan so far this season has been a fantastic story, but it was rather evident on Saturday that this team isn't quite ready to compete for a Big 12 title.