Jones, Sooners Respond With Huge Road Victory

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Just call them the bounce back kids.

The No. 9 Sooners destroyed the eighth-ranked Kansas State Wildcats 58-17 following their shocking upset loss last weekend to Texas Tech.

"We played better today," said head coach Bob Stoops. "Whether it has to do with attitude or not, it does not matter much to me. We just need to play like that every week."

And it was behind a record-setting performance from quarterback Landry Jones, who threw for a school record 505 yards passing and five touchdowns.

Jones also shattered former OU Heisman quarterback Sam Bradford's record for touchdown passes when he eclipsed his mark of 88 in the contest.

"It is really amazing on what he is able to do," Stoops said. "Despite being away from home, he went 35-for-47 with five touchdowns and 505 yards. That is quite a day."

On the other side, the OU defense clamped up after intermission.

After allowing 17 points and 208 yards in the first half, the Sooners held the Wildcats scoreless and limited them to just 32 yards.

"[I'm] really proud of our guys to have the fight and overcome some things and make some corrections at half and play a good clean half of football," said defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

Indeed, they hassled K-State quarterback Collin Klein for sack after sack and pressure after pressure in the final 30 minutes.

So, it was a very complete contest, to say the least.

"The first thing that I said to the team was that this was an overall complete team win," Stoops said. "It was as much of a team win as we have had in a very long time. I do not know where to even go back to because of all persons that stepped up to have a hand in this."

And it started early, like from the first drive.

The Sooners struck first when backup quarterback Blake Bell came into the game and, in Tim Tebow fashion, took a quarterback draw up the middle one yard for the touchdown and 7-0 lead.

Later in the first, OU made it 14 nil as Jones found a wide open DeJuan Miller in the back of the end zone on third-and-10 at the 11.

K-State cut into the early Sooner lead when place kicker Anthony Cantele crushed a 54-yarder through the uprights.

OU was driving to make it worse, but Bell fumbled on a third-and-2 play.

And K-State capitalized when quarterback Collin Klein blasted through the line 42 yards for the score that trimmed the lead to four at 14-10.

After another turnover, this time a Jones interception, the Wildcats stormed all the way back to take the lead as Klein snuck it in from two yards out.

But the Sooners were resilient.

Quickly they marched 62 yards in just four plays, spanning 1:24, and Jones threw over the middle to wide receiver Jaz Reynolds 18 yards for the touchdown and 20-17 lead.

"We just came out and focused, kept playing ball," Jones said. "Kansas State's a really good team, really sound, disciplined bunch. So, we just kept throwing punches, kept playing ball and eventually it kind of opened up there.

Place kicker Mike Hunnicutt's extra attempt, though, was blocked.

K-State then had some special teams woes of its own.

After a drive that lasted nearly seven minutes and racked up 67 yards on 12 plays, Cantele botched a 25-yard attempt.

That set the stage for another Sooner mishap.

Jones missed his target again, as wide receiver Kenny Stills slipped on the play, and instead found Wildcats defensive back Nigel Malone for another interception.

However, Kansas State turned it right back to OU after running back John Hubert coughed up a zone read play.

The Sooners made the most of their first takeaway when Hunnicutt barely converted a 53-yard attempt at the end of the first half, the longest such field goal since 2007 against Utah State when Garrett Hartley had one of his own.

"Michael's really doing well," Stoops said. "I'm just really pleased with his overall play, and he's only gonna get better. He's comfortable, and he's doing really well."

OU's offense picked up the pace in the second half right where it left off the first half, gashing Kansas State up and down the field.

Following a quick Kansas State three-and-out to start the second half, the Sooners marched 63 yards on five plays in just 2:08, as Jones hit slot receiver Ryan Broyles for a 29-yard touchdown pass and 30-17 advantage.

Then, Jones threw his fourth touchdown of the day, which set the OU all-time mark at 89 career touchdown passes, when he found Reynolds again.

"It was a fun night out there," Jones said. "The offense was really executing and everyone was doing their job."

It was 37-17 at that point.

With 1:27 left in the third, running back Roy Finch sprinted 31 yards for another score, and it became laughable at 44-17.

Next, it was tight end Trent Ratterree who became the recipient of a Jones touchdown pass, this time for 12 yards early in the fourth quarter.

And OU still wasn't done yet.

Just three minutes later, fullback Trey Millard rumbled 61 yards to pay dirt for a 58-17 lead and the final points of the day.

"I think they blitzed and our offensive line just picked it up beautifully and there was a huge hole and I just had that cutback and it was all open grass from there," Millard said.

With the win, the Sooners improve to 7-1 and 4-1 in the Big 12, while K-State falls to 7-1 and 4-1.

OU will await Texas A&M in Norman next week, while the Wildcats will head to Stillwater to face the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

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