Oklahoma won a critical and hard fought game this past Saturday at Ames, IA against the Iowa State Cyclones 37 to 27. “This is one before the season you kind of circle a little bit,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “Not because of what happened last year, but you just knew with the way the schedule fell this was going to be critical. Third game, lot of new guys, tough venue, tough opponent, first Big 12 game. There was just a lot riding on this game. Our guys rose up and made the big plays when it counted.”
Kyler Murray did just that, further inscribing his name in the Heisman Trophy select group with another performance worthy of his predecessor, Baker Mayfield. Murray had a total of 425 all-purpose yards this game, 360 of which were passing yards. The other Murray, Kenneth, was a bright spot on the Defensive side of the line with 10 total tackles, two of which were sacks of the Iowa St. quarterback.
The Defense could not keep up the momentum of the first two games of the season giving up 360 yards passing to the 2nd string quarterback for Iowa St. who looked like he was the starting QB for any Top 10 ten team. Two of the passes the defense gave up were for long TD’s. But the Defense stood up when it was necessary closing off the win with an interception and stifling the Cyclones dreams of knocking off the Sooners once again.
Special teams continued to shine in the game with Austin Seiber picking up the mantle this time. Austin’s kickoffs were continually all the way through the end zone and keeping the Iowa St. returners from even touching the ball, much less trying for long returns. Seibert also drilled 3 field goals in the game, the last of which killed any hope for a Cyclone come back.
All in all, a good win for the Sooners with some added revenge for last year’s loss at Norman. Going into the bulk of the Big 12 conference games, we were able to see some continued progress for some the defense but several weak areas were highlighted for more work before we get into the rest of the pass happy conference games. So far the biggest improvement for the Defense over last year is the Defensive Line’s play. They have consistently handled each of the first 3 opponents running game, just need to get to the quarterbacks more often is passing plays.
Next week the Sooners take on the Cadets of Army at 6:00 pm in Norman. This is a Pay-per-View game only which will not be shown at Skimo’s. So get on your computers to listen to the streaming play by play or satellite radio to hear the broadcast. We will meet for our next Game Watch for the Baylor match at Skimo’s on September 29th!