No. 19 (No. 18 in College Football Playoff rankings) Oklahoma (6-2, 3-2 Big 12) kept its hopes of winning at least a share of the Big 12 crown alive with a dominating performance on the road against Iowa State (2-6, 0-5 Big 12) on Saturday. Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more as Oklahoma buried Iowa State 59-14.
Knight had a big day for Oklahoma. In addition for passing for 230 yards and three touchdowns, Knight also led the team with 146 rushing yards and three more touchdowns. Alex Ross also had a big day on the ground with 144 rushing yards. Receiver Sterling Shepard had one catch for a big gain, but he had to watch the second half of the game from the sideline while out of uniform due to injury.
Oklahoma has now even its record over the past four weeks, with the only two losses coming against TCU and Kansas State by a combined five points. Next week the Sooners will host Baylor ina game that looked like a de factor Big 12 championship game when the season started. That has since changed, but the game still figures to be pretty important for the fortunes of each program down the stretch of the season with chances to impress the pollsters starting to become scarce.
Oklahoma already has two losses in Big 12 play, which will make it difficult to win the Big 12 with Baylor still on tap. But as long as the Sooners keep winning games, they can make a run for at least a share of the conference championship if some other pieces fall into place. It’s a lot to ask for at this point, but Bob Stoops and the Sooners just have to focus on finishing the season on a strong note.