Wrapping it up: OU at KSU

A lot of storylines coming out of OU's win at Kansas State. Breaking it all down.

Putting a nice bow on Oklahoma's 41-31 win at Kansas State.

OU gets Knight, offense rolling

One of the best early signs of the day was the fact the first pass redshirt freshman Trevor Knight attempted was not in the pocket.

He's not a pure pocket passer and might never be that guy so use his strength. Co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel rolled out Knight, who completed his first pass to Jalen Saunders for 15 yards.

Knight played his best game at quarterback, going 14 of 20 for 171 yards with a touchdown and interception.

And of course, his dual-threat capability was on display with 14 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Ripkowski gets the job done

Senior running back Brennan Clay wasn't about to take credit for his 200-yard, two-touchdown game. He attributed a lot of his career high number to fullback Aaron Ripkowski.

With good reason, too, as Ripkowski played arguably his best game of the season. Fully comfortable in that fullback role, he opened up one major hole after another in helping the Sooners rush for 301 yards on 52 attempts.

Ripkowski doesn't need to touch the ball to make an impact, something that was illustrated in a big way against the Wildcats.

OU moves the chains

One of the first things OU coaches Bob Stoops and Josh Heupel look at our the third and fourth down conversion rates. They'll be happy when reviewing this one.

The Sooners were 9-of-15 on third downs and converted their only fourth down opportunity. Conversely, KSU was 3-of-9 (33 percent) on third downs.

Two of OU's four offensive touchdowns came on third downs. A big reason for the third down success was how effective OU was on first and second down.

Colvin Island shuts down Lockett

The easiest halftime adjustment the Sooners had to make was having cornerback Aaron Colvin track KSU wide receiver Tyler Lockett all over the field in the second half.

Lockett had six receptions for 206 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, torching the Sooners. OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops made the switch.

It worked. Lockett finished with 12 grabs for a career-high 278 yards, but Colvin kept everything in front of him. Lockett had six catches for 72 yards in the second half and was unable to stretch the field.

OU had a 41-24 lead when Lockett only had four catches for 35 yards in the half before grabbing a couple more when the outcome was no longer in doubt.

Injuries pile up

There is no question Colvin is battling some sort of shoulder ailment and has been for at least the last month. He played injured Saturday and might have injured himself even more in the second half trying to track Lockett all over the field.

Following the game, Colvin tweeted about needing prayers. Don't want to speculate too much, but from the sound of it, Colvin's season might be over with a shoulder injury.

Another one to watch moving forward is offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson. Already injured earlier this season with an ankle injury, he once again had his ankle rolled up on him.

Good time for a bye week, but it might not matter with some of these injuries.

DB redemption

The first half was not good for defensive backs Quentin Hayes and Zack Sanchez. They were the ones being picked on as Lockett piled up the catches, yards and touchdowns.

But that's why there is a second half and both made the most of it. Sanchez put the game away with a 74-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

As KSU was trying to mount a late charge, Hayes recorded his second interception in as many weeks to make sure OU moved to 9-2.


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