Game Recap: Oklahoma Sooners breeze by Iowa State Cyclones, 59-14


Bob Stoops’ crew did not waste any time opening it up in Ames, Iowa.

The 18th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners won its sixth game of the season, crushing the Iowa State Cyclones 59-14, and earned bowl eligibility on the field of an old Big Eight foe.

Oklahoma was dominant out of the gates and forced a three-and-out on Iowa State’s first drive.

OU took over on its own 23-yard line, but the Sooner offense only needed two offensive plays to get its first seven points of the day.

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In the process of the team’s first touchdown, Sterling Shepard went up and brought down a 46-yard reception, but he was carted off the field after the play.

Sterling Shepard returned to the sideline, but he was in street clothes by the second half. According to Stoops, Shepard suffered a sprain, and he could’ve came back, but the team opted to rest him.

OU certainly didn’t need Shepard’s services today. Trevor Knight played about as close to “Alabama Trevor Knight” as he could.

Iowa State’s defense does rank second-to-last in the Big 12 Conference. Regardless, Knight completed 22-of-35 passing attempts, picked up 230 yards through the air and 146 on the ground, and he scored three times with his feet and threw three more touchdown passes.

It was a “helmet sticker” kind-of-day for the sophomore. However, Iowa State didn’t have an answer for anything Saturday.

Knight skipped in to the end zone, and put Oklahoma on top with 13:38 left in the first quarter. A few minutes later, Knight found KJ Young for a 16-yard passing touchdown.

Trevor Knight finished up the quarter with a five-yard TD pass to Blake Bell, who would catch another Trevor Knight pass in the third quarter for a touchdown.

Iowa State picked up a little momentum early in the second quarter, but the Sooners responded with a seven and eight yard TD run from Samaje Perine and Trevor Knight respectively.

Oklahoma led 35-7 going in to the locker room, and Trevor Knight would pad on a few more touchdowns in the third quarter, plus a 44-yard field goal from Michael Hunnicutt, to give Oklahoma a 38-point cushion.

Oklahoma’s defense held Iowa State to just two touchdowns, and OU would add on one more score in the fourth quarter. That score came from David Smith, a redshirt sophomore, who finished the day with 76 rushing yards.

Oklahoma could do no wrong running the ball. Iowa State allowed three different Sooners to rush for 100+ yards and gave up 510 total rushing yards.

Oklahoma’s defense stopped Iowa State starting QB Sam B. Richardson for the most part, holding the Cyclones’ signal-caller to 239 passing yards and one touchdown through the air and one on the ground.

The Sooners played about as well as they’ve done in weeks.

Give it up to an effective game plan and an Oklahoma team that looked angry coming off a devastating second loss of the season.

The Oklahoma Sooners will get a chance next week to make a bigger statement, though, when they face the Baylor Bears in Norman, Oklahoma.