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. Here’s the second half.
Kansas State 31, Oklahoma 30
Play No. 1: Waters gets it going on the ground
KSU had just 23 rushing yards on 15 attempts in the first half but that all changed on the first play of the second half.
The Wildcats scored on their first two drives of the second half before OU’s defense started to finally get a handle of their offense.
Play No. 2: Neal throws an INT
You can’t say OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel didn’t try new things. There were a ton of wrinkles in OU’s game plan against the Wildcats.
But he might have went to the well one time too many with a trick play featuring wide receiver Durron Neal throwing a pass.
KSU had it well defended in every way possible, including the three guys waiting in the end zone for Neal’s pass to Sterling Shepard. It was picked off in the end zone.
Play No. 3: Shepard sets mark
No one catch stands out for Sterling Shepard in this one, but you’d be a fool to not have one of his catches when defining this game.
The junior was sensational in this one, tying the single game OU mark with 15 catches. Shepard caught No. 15 on a 12-yard reception to give him 197 yards in the game.
OU is always striving for balance, but sometimes you just have to roll with what got you there. And right now that’s Shepard.
Play No. 4: Perine stuffed
A big reason why OU coaches and players weren’t faulting Hunnicutt was because OU had first-and-goal at the four yard line. And when you have Samaje Perine, four yards in three plays should be a piece of cake.
The Wildcats rose to the occasion on third-and-goal from the one yard line as Perine was stoned and actually lost a yard. To set up…
Play No. 5: Hunnicutt fails to convert
OU kicker Michael Hunnicutt had already missed a 32-yard field goal. He had already had an extra point blocked, but it was a 19-yard field goal.
Nobody was expecting anything other than a conversion and an OU 33-31 lead with just under four minutes to go.
Instead, he rushed the kick, booted it low and wide left, stunning the 85,000 in attendance. The OU defense couldn’t get a stop with 3:53 left in the fourth quarter, and the Sooners only had one timeout to try to make a stop.