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.
OU 59, Iowa State 14
Play No. 1: Knight takes it in
Nobody truly knew what to expect from Trevor Knight. After injuring his non-throwing shoulder two weeks ago, it was unclear whether or not Knight would ever do another quarterback run this season.
That, however, was answered immediately. After connecting with Sterling Shepard for 46 yards, the OU offense was in a quandary as Shepard was carted off the field with a strained groin.
The answer was to let Knight loose, and that’s what the Sooners did on the next play. Knight, although it looked like he was getting ready to slide, simply saw no reason to do so. He kept going and cruised his way into a 31-yard touchdown run.
It was an uneven day for Knight in the passing game, but the running game came alive as he rushed for a career-high 146 yards and three touchdowns.
Play No. 2: Young back in play
He didn’t waste it. OU was facing a third-and-10 from the ISU 16 yard line when Knight fired a pass to Young on a slant route into the end zone.
Young, criticized for his lack of competing for balls in the past, snagged this one for his first career touchdown to give OU a 14-0 lead.
“Those young guys all came in and competed,” coach Bob Stoops said. “They’ll learn from it. We need to keep pushing them to be better. They came in and competed and made some plays.”
Play No. 3: Ross breaks a big one
There was a brief time in this one where it looked like Iowa State was going to turn it around. OU was up 21-7 but was stopped on downs near midfield early in the second quarter.
Iowa State couldn’t capitalize and pinned OU deep. The next drive OU went nine plays and 90 yards and was back up by three scores.
The highlight was another big run by Alex Ross. After looking purely just like a kick return threat, Ross has had back-to-back quality games as a running back.
On this play, Ross went 38 yards and broke tackles and used his vision to find the holes to run through, something that has been questioned.
Ross and Samaje Perine did it all on the drive that culminated with Perine’s touchdown. Ross finished with 13 carries for 144 yards in the game.
Play No. 4: Bell becoming a redzone weapon
This game was an example of what Blake Bell is supposed to be as a tight end for OU. He’s supposed to be that big red zone target.
Bell had two catches against Iowa State and both went for touchdowns in the red zone. His status was unknown because of a possible concussion, but Bell played hard and didn’t appear to be hesitant at all.
Play No. 5: Sooner Dave makes his appearance
He’s one of the most popular players on the OU roster, and the fourth quarter was the time to shine for redshirt sophomore running back David Smith.
Almost as if he realized he had to make something happen, Smith rushed for 76 yards on 10 carries and his first touchdown.
So hard to crack OU’s depth chart at running back, but Smith has been a huge boost for OU recruiting and has often played a huge role in terms of being a host for visitors or just always around the recruits.
Replays showed the whole team trying to get some emotion out of the player known as “Sooner Dave” by everybody on campus in regards to his social media names. Everybody was excited for Smith to finally get his shot.