Posted by Tom Fornelli
OKLAHOMA WON. The weather in Norman wasn't pretty for this contest, with winds gusting up to 45 MPH at times through the game, and it's safe to say that the game matched the conditions. It was not pretty, nor was it all that entertaining. Odds are if you watched this one, you are either a fan of one of the teams, or you were working it.
Oklahoma and iowa State combined for 8 turnovers on the day, but Oklahoma was a lot more capable of moving the ball on offense. The Sooners finished the game with 503 yards of total offense. Landry Jones completed only 22 of his 43 passes for 256 yards, no touchdowns and 2 interceptions. It was Blake Bell who scored both Oklahoma touchdowns coming in for Jones in Oklahoma's goal line package.
WHY OKLAHOMA WON. It could actually manage to move the ball on offense and score points before punting or turning the ball over occasionally. Though that's not to say they were consistent on offense. The only consistency I saw from the Sooners on offense today was that they made sure all of their turnovers came after entering Iowa State territory.
WHEN OKLAHOMA WON. Considering that Iowa State really wasn't able to do anything on offense all day, as the Cyclones lone touchdown came after a botched snap during an Oklahoma punt gave them the ball at the Oklahoma 10-yard line, you could probably argue that this one was over at halftime. Still, I don't think it was official until Michael Hunnicutt's fourth field goal of the day made it 26-6 midway through the fourth quarter.
WHAT OKLAHOMA WON. This was a very important game for the Sooners coming off of last week's loss againt Baylor. First of all, it was Senior Day for the Sooners and it's always nice to send your seniors off with a win. Secondly, winning this game means that Oklahoma still has a chance to win the Big 12 and get to the Fiesta Bowl if it can manage to beat Oklahoma State next week.
WHAT IOWA STATE LOST. Nothing outside the chance to become the most hated school in the entire state of Oklahoma. Obviously Iowa State would have liked to win this game, but it's already bowl eligible after beating Oklahoma State last week and can still finish the regular season with 7 wins if it can pull an upset against Kansas State next week.
THAT WAS CRAZY. Oklahoma's leading rusher on the day was wide receiver Trey Franks, who managed 88 yards on two carries. One was a 43-yard pickup on a double reverse, and the other was a 45-yard gain on a double reverse. Now, I'm no coaching expert, but if I have a guy averaging 44 yards a carry, I give him a few more carries.