OU film review: Kansas State

How did the Sooners leave Kansas State with a key road victory? These plays tell the story.

Every play matters but some stick out more than others. Each week Sooners Illustrated will look at the five plays that stood out in Oklahoma's performance. This week it's OU's 41-31 win at Kansas State.

Play No. 1: Knight runs for first down

Late in the first quarter, the Sooners had a 7-0 lead but were pinned back deep in their own territory. OU faced a third-and-five from its own 7 yard line. Redshirt freshman Trevor Knight was looking to throw the ball.

He avoided defenders, still looking like he was going to throw before tucking it down and running and diving toward the sideline for the first down.

Knight gained six yards and the drive kept rolling. When it was all said and done, OU went 98 yards on 14 plays and nearly seven minutes off the clock to take a 14-0 lead.

"He has got great speed, quickness and he makes things happen when they are not there," OU coach Bob Stoops said. "He has got great talent to make them happen when they are there."

Play No. 2: Clay takes it the distance

Despite a fast start, OU didn't control this game from beginning to end. The combination of Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters and wide receiver Tyler Lockett brought the Wildcats back to 14-14 with 5:26 left in the first half.

The Sooners faced a third-and-one at their 36 yard line. The Wildcats stacked the box, and great blocking with the line opened a hole for senior running back Brennan Clay.

Clay got the first down and a whole lot more going 64 yards for the touchdown. He rushed for 160 yards on 20 carries in the first half and finished with a career-high 200 yards on 31 carries and two scores.

"Brennan was sensational," Stoops said. "He just had a great day running the football."

Play No. 3: Finch fumble recovery

The sneaky play that mattered. OU was up 27-24 early in the fourth quarter and faced a second-and-19. Knight found senior wide receiver Jalen Saunders for a nice gain, but Saunders had the ball jarred loose on a hit by Randall Evans.

It was the second fumble of the game for Saunders, but also for the second time, OU recovered as senior running back Roy Finch came up with a huge recovery that led to the next series of events.

Play No. 4: Barnett's punt starts the sequence

OU had a fourth-and-11 at the KSU 37 and had the wind. The Sooners could have attempted a 54-yard field goal with Michael Hunnicutt, who had already drained two in the game.

Instead Stoops opted to try to pin the Wildcats deep. It worked. Jed Barnett was able to keep it in the field of play with the ball being downed at the 3 yard line.

Then the defense stepped up with a three-and-out where the Wildcats gained zero yards. Then it was Saunders making a great play on a short punt, catching it with forward momentum and taking it back to the 3 yard line.

OU needed one play for Clay to score and take a 34-24 lead.

Play No. 5: Sanchez finally gets one

Redshirt freshman cornerback Zack Sanchez leads the team by far in pass breakups, but he had never snagged one for the interception.

That changed in the fourth quarter when Sanchez essentially sealed the deal and made sure Stoops made history with win No. 158.

Sanchez made a nice grab on a pick and went 74 yards with a convoy of blockers to the end zone to give OU a 41-24 lead with 11:47 left in the game. The Sooners would cruise the rest of the way.


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