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Oklahoma keeps Big 12 hopes alive with blowout of Cyclones

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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.

Knight scores 4 TDs in 1st half as Sooners dominating Iowa State

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Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight has scored four touchdowns as Oklahoma gets to halftime with a commanding 35-7 lead on host Iowa State. The Sooners should be able to put this one on cruise control the rest fo the way at this point, but style points may be important as well.

Knight has thrown for two touchdowns and run for two more in the first half, proving more than capable of carrying the offense against the Cyclones. At the half, he leads Oklahoma in rushing as well with 121 yards. Alex Ross has also gone over 100 yards in the half for Oklahoma. Iowa State’s defense has had no answers to even keep this one close, and the offense is not doing anything of note either. This despite Oklahoma losing two turnovers in the half as well.

Oklahoma has rolled up 480 yards of offense to Iowa State’s 155. The Sooners jumped out to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter, with Knight having his hand on all three. Samaje Perine scored the only non-Knight-affiliated touchdown of the half, giving Oklahoma a 28-7 midway through the first quarter.

Texas playing tough, but Oklahoma making the big plays

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If there is one thing Texas head coach Charlie Strong wants Texas to be, it is tough. That has been the case in the first half of this afternoon’s game with Oklahoma, but the Sooners have come up with the big plays to take a 17-13 lead into halftime.

Texas has held Oklahoma to just 29 yards of offense, but the Sooners have capitalized on a 91-yard kickoff return by Alex Ross for one touchdown and a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown by Zack Sanchez. The offense has struggled to get anything going against the Longhorns defense, going without a third-down conversion and just eight rushing yards as a team.

Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes has played well, completing 14 of 21 attempts for 172 yards and a touchdown. His big mistake came on the interception that was returned for a score, but Texas seems to have something working on offense. Jaxon Shipley leads all players at the half with seven catches for 84 yards.

Texas has been killing itself with penalties too. Entering the day averaging just over six penalties per game, the Longhorns have already been flagged for eight penalties in this one. That is not something Strong will take lightly. Oklahoma has been called for just one penalty.

Oklahoma storms past Tulsa, ready to host Vols

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For the second straight week, Oklahoma dominated its opposition. This week the Sooners took a mild road trip to Tulsa to show what they could do, and the home team was no match. No. 4 Oklahoma (2-0) dismantled Tulsa (1-1, 1-0 AAC), 52-7.

Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight came a yard shy of a 300-yard performance, but completed 21 of 34 pass attempts and scored a pair of touchdowns through the air. Knight also added 35 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. Alex Ross and Keith Ford led the ground attack for the Sooners by combining for 177 yards and three touchdowns. Oklahoma receiver Sterling Shepard had the big day among the Oklahoma receivers, bringing in eight catches for 177 yards. The Oklahoma defense forced four turnovers on a day the offense never lost the football. One of those turnovers was a returned for a touchdown, with Geno Grissom returning an interception 38 yards for a score midway through the third quarter.

The blowout loss at home is certainly not much to boost the American Athletic Conference’s non-conference strength argument. When it comes time to choosing between champions from the AAC and other Group of Five conferences for a guaranteed big revenue bowl spot, losses like this will hurt the AAC’s argument. Sure, Oklahoma is one of the best teams in the country, but Tulsa could have helped with the conference strength argument by giving more of a fight against the Sooners.

For now, Tulsa will look ahead to their next game. That will come on the road for the first time this season when Tulsa heads to FAU next Saturday. FAU was dominated on the road by Alabama, so both teams will be looking to shrug aside lopsided losses against two of the nation’s top programs.

Oklahoma will get ready for one of the more marquee non-conference game son the schedule this season. The Sooners will welcome Tennessee to Norman next week for a primetime match-up. Tennessee pulled away from Arkansas State after getting a stiff challenge early on. Tennessee will come into the game with two straight wins to open the season. Expect Bob Stoops to be asked for his opinion about the SEC plenty over the next week.