All plays matter but some end up meaning more than others. Here is the story of the five plays that told the story of Oklahoma and Kansas State.
OU 55, KSU 0
Play No. 1: Mayfield finds Shepard early
It started from the get-go in this one as Baker Mayfield connected with wide receiver Sterling Shepard twice for 44 yards on the first drive, culminating with a Shepard 22-yard touchdown.
The key was the tempo and no substitutions. The Sooners went five plays for 75 yards in the blink of an eye, finally using that tempo so many have been expecting to see with Lincoln Riley running the show.
Also, after a couple of games where it took a while to get Shepard going, this game was not the issue. Shepard had the first catch of the night and ended up with two touchdowns in the game.
Play No. 2: Johnson makes the play
It wasn’t just an offensive juggernaut the Wildcats faced, but a defensive one, too. It also started early as on the first drive nickelback Will Johnson made a big-time play to introduce himself to college football.
KSU had a third-and-five from midfield when Johnson blew up a wide receiver screen for a loss of four yards.
Johnson was given the opportunity to replace Hatari Byrd in this defensive package for the Sooners, and he clearly made the most of it.
Johnson finished the day with two tackles and one pass breakup.
Play No. 3: Mayfield gets Mixon involved
It was like checking multiple things at once. OU fans have been clamoring for the Sooners to throw quick passes so Mayfield cannot get sacked.
OU fans have been griping about the lack of Joe Mixon in the offensive game plan. With OU up 7-0 and just under nine minutes to play in the first quarter, everybody got their wish.
Mayfield took the snap, dished it out to Mixon, who then did the rest on a 10-yard touchdown. This is the type of game OU fans expect from Mixon. He had 73 rushing yards, 29 receiving yards and totaled two scores.
Play No. 4: Cantele fails to get ‘Cats on board
KSU needed some sort of spark and was hoping kicker Jack Cantele could provide with a 32-yard field goal in the first two minutes of the second quarter.
Purely indicative of the day the Wildcats were about to have, Cantele was wide right. The Sooners needed just five plays to go 80 yards as Mayfield and Shepard hooked up again for a 28-yard score to make it 21-0.
Play No. 5: Sanchez takes it to the house
Cornerback Zack Sanchez already had one interception in the first half as OU took a 35-0 lead into intermission.
And if you thought OU was about to let up, the first drive answered that. Sanchez had no problem reading Kody Cook’s eyes to step in front for his second interception and go 38 yards for his third career pick-six.
It’s also the second straight trip to Manhattan for Sanchez to leave with an interception returned for a touchdown.