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. And this week we’ll look at five plays in each half. The first half.
Kansas State 31, Oklahoma 30
Play No. 1: Ross gets OU out of trouble
Two players out at once for OU in a scoreless game midway through the first quarter. A Trevor Knight three-yard run led to Knight hurting his left arm and fullback Aaron Ripkowski being ejected for targeting.
Ross went 42 yards on the next play, and Thomas eventually completed two passes before Samaje Perine cashed in from two yards to give OU a 7-0 advantage.
Numbers aside, this was Ross’ best game as a running back, not just a returner. He rushed eight times for 75 yards and was a nice change of pace to Perine.
Play No. 2: Knight’s only mistake of the game
Knight returned and played one of the best games of his career as a Sooner. But that was one mistake, one major mistake in the second quarter.
KSU was able to down a punt to OU’s two yard line that was then compounded by an inexplicable delay of game putting OU at its own 1.
Nobody could defend the throw, nobody tried to defend the throw. Knight was spectacular after the pick, but the pick still stands out.
Play No. 3: Flowers helps OU avoid disaster
This game is going to be remembered for the mistakes made by OU, but there were so many that still could have happened.
On the ensuing kickoff, KSU did a pooch kick to keep it away from Ross. Problem was OU was totally confused , and it took freshman Dimitri Flowers diving on the ball to make sure KSU didn’t get the ball back.
Without Ripkowski, Flowers was forced to play a huge role. For the most part, he delivered. He had a 16-yard reception and never looked completely lost out there.
Play No. 4: Knight bounces back
Knight has had a lot of reasons to get discouraged after the last two weeks and then after the pick-six, but he responded the way a championship quarterback is supposed to do.
It happened early with a 22-yard pass to tight end Blake Bell. Using that momentum, Knight then found Sterling Shepard for a 47-yard touchdown pass that sort of sent the message this was going to be a fun one in Norman.
Knight was 26-of-32 for 318 yards with three touchdowns.
The fourth quarter missed field goal by Michael Hunnicutt is going to haunt OU fans for a while, but he uncharacteristically missed a 32-yarder to close out the first half.
He was good from 38 yards earlier in the half, but he was wide left on the final play of the first 30 minutes.
Instead of a 21-20 deficit, OU went into the break trailing 21-17.