OU vs. ISU postgame Breaking it down

AMES, Iowa — The No. 12 Sooners took down the ISU Cyclones 35-20 Saturday, and now Sooners Illustrated digs deeper into this contest.

Game ball goes to: Running back Brennan Clay. The junior put together his best game as a Sooner with 24 rushes for 157 yards and a touchdown. Clay came up with big play after big play for an OU rushing attack that was nonexistent a week ago and not so this time around.

Play of the game: With just less than nine minutes remaining in the third quarter and OU leading by eight facing a third-and-9, quarterback Landry Jones fired to the back of the end zone and wide receiver Justin Brown using incredible concentration snagged it off a deflection on a near pick. That ran OU's lead to 21-6 at the time.

It was over when: Free safety Tony Jefferson picked off a Steele Jantz pass with just less than three minutes remaining to secure OU's 15-point lead and seal up the victory.

Surprise of the game: What a pleasant surprise it was. Clay rushed for his first career 100-yard game and paced OU's high-powered offense to nearly 600 yards.

The biggest thing we learned:

OU still has a chance at a BCS bowl berth if it takes care of business the final four weeks. It will again be close to the Top 10, if not in it.

The biggest concern: Can OU start taking care of the ball better? Multiple turnovers on the road won't get it done when they head to Morgantown in a couple weeks where the West Virginia Mountaineers have a much more potent offense. In this one, Jones threw two picks and a poor snap almost led to a third turnover late.

Streak count: 14 straight victories over the Cyclones dating to their last victory back in 1990

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