After a rocky start, the Oklahoma Sooners ended up winning the game today in Ames, Iowa against the Iowa State Cyclones, 35-20. They also continued on a 40+ year old winning streak at Jack Trice Field. The Sooners haven’t lost in Ames since 1960, before John F. Kennedy was even President of the United States.
The win Saturday also pushed Sooners head coach Bob Stoops to be tied for second in all-time wins as a coach in Oklahoma’s storied program history. He is tied now with Bud Wilkinson and is 12 wins away from breaking Barry Switzer‘s. Stoops now has 145 wins as the Sooners head coach under his belt.
Looking at the numbers from the first half and then looking at the score, it doesn’t even make sense to why the score was only 14-6. The Sooners outgained the Cyclones, 325-84 in just 2 quarters of play. Redzone issues have been haunting Oklahoma the entire year and Saturday wasn’t an exception. QB Landry Jones ended up with over 400 yards and 4 touchdowns but began the game with a handful of picks. The Sooner defense was actually pretty lucky in the first half before they got their momentum rolling: the Cyclones wide receivers were dropping passes all over the place. The second half was all about Oklahoma.
With running back Damien Williams being used as a little as possible today, the Sooners put the ball in Brennan Clay‘s hands. Clay had a career-best showing, with 157 yards and a touchdown. They were able to get the ball moving on the ground, which is an improvement over last week. Jones also had a much better game through the air this week than he did last weekend, especially when converting on third down. You have to credit the wide receivers today on how well they played; Jones utilized almost every one of them.
Hand it to the Cyclones defense, which held the Sooners scoreless in the first quarter, which is the only time this has happened all season. After a slow start, the Sooners got back in the groove and took control. They host the Baylor Bears next Saturday in Norman.