Oklahoma’s first true road game in nearly a month came with some struggles. On a Saturday afternoon inside a packed Jack Trice Stadium, the Sooners faced a 5-3 Iowa State team with upset on their mind.
That was not the case as Oklahoma escaped Ames with a 35-20 victory. It did not come so easy, though.
The Cyclone defense held the Sooner offense to zero points in the first quarter. It seemed like Oklahoma’s struggles carried over from the Notre Dame game, but Landry Jones found a way to put points up.
Jones threw up a 20-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard to get Oklahoma on the board first. Iowa State would respond with two field goals to cut it to a one-point game.
With a little over a minute left in the half, it appeared the Sooners would choose to head in to the locker room with a narrow 7-6 lead, but then Jones turned it on. A 40-yard reception by Justin Brown, then a 21 yard catch in the endzone by Kenny Stills made it 14-6 at halftime.
Jones tacked on two more touchdown passes, and Brennan Clay would find the endzone as well. However, Jones’ 405 passing yards and four touchdowns would have been more impressive if the senior did not throw two picks.
The same goes for the defense. They had an impressive day, but let up late in the game. Iowa State was given ample opportunity to rally a comeback, but Tony Jefferson saved the day with an interception that sealed the deal for the Sooners.
Oklahoma’s 35-20 makes them bowl eligible as they head in to next week’s contest against Baylor. Though, kickoff time has yet to be announced for next week’s home game.