Oklahoma football: Five best games with Kansas State in Big 12 era

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#3 — Sept. 29, 2001 — Oklahoma 38, Kansas State 37

Oklahoma was 3-0 and in the midst of a 16-game winning streak when Kansas State came to Norman in late September 2001, the year following the Sooners national championship season.

The Sooners scored twice in the first quarter and twice more in the second to take a 28-14 advantage into the locker room at the half.

Oklahoma scored again midway through the third quarter on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Nate Hybl to Antwone Savage. That touchdown put the Sooners up 35-14 and it appeared at that point that OU was well in control of the game.

Kansas State responded with 13 unanswered points to end the third quarter, severely cutting into Oklahoma’s 21-point lead and making the score 35-27 entering the final quarter.

The game remained an eight-point Sooner advantage until late in the fourth quarter. OU’s Tim Duncan cashed in a 33-yard field goal to extend the Sooner lead to 38-27.

With two minutes remaining in regulation, K-State quarterback Ell Roberson found wide receiver Ricky Lloyd for a 57-yard touchdown strike, which narrowed the Oklahoma lead to three points, at 38-35.

With just two seconds to go in the game, OU yielded a safety, making it 38-37, but it was too little, too late and the Sooners held on the record their 17th consecutive win and third in a row over coach Bill Snyder and Kansas State.