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OU 11: Iowa State

Top 11 for OU from Iowa State? Yep, it's about Flower Power.

Each week Sooners Illustrated ranks the top performances from Oklahoma. This time around a look back at OU’s 34-24 win at Iowa State.

1. Dimitri Flowers

One of the easier No. 1 choices to make this season. When you factor in everything Flowers did between running, blocking, receiving, just an incredible effort for a short-handed offensive group.

2. Dede Westbrook

Only reason not No. 1 is probably because of the lack of touches this time around. Only times but for more than 200 yards and Westbrook came up huge in the fourth quarter to help ice the game.

3. Baker Mayfield

After four touchdowns in the first half, it sure felt like Mayfield was on his way to astronomical numbers. Instead, OU pulled in the reins and Mayfield did more than manage the environment well.

4. Jordan Thomas

Iowa State knew it wanted to make big plays with Allen Lazard in the passing game, and Thomas repeatedly stopped any major happenings from occurring. Not a perfect game but pretty close.

5. D.J. Ward

Really? Yea. Ward led the team with seven tackles, and you just see a different type of personality with the redshirt junior. Now fully 100 percent healthy, last two weeks very kind to former top in-state recruit.

6. Geno Lewis

It’s getting to be automatic, and that’s a great thing regarding Lewis and making third down conversions. That’s what you want. That’s what we’re seeing as grad transfer continues to play role well.

7. Caleb Kelly

So close to two sacks but will have to settle for his first career sack. Kelly only had to play one spot vs. Cyclones, and you could see how comfortable he was in what he was asked to do.

8. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

Maybe a step or half step slow compared to the Okoronkwo of early October, but that’s still plenty good. Okoronkwo didn’t register a sack but provided pressure and did well in coverage.

9. Ben Powers

Offensive line felt like it would dominate more, but it was still a pretty successful night. Flowers rushed for more than 100 yards. Mayfield threw for more than 300. Starting to nit-pick after that.

10. Jeffery Mead

Two plays get Mead in here. No apologies. Mead made the biggest play of his career in Norman with a 30-yard touchdown in the first quarter where broke a tackle and made two spin moves into end zone.

11. Austin Seibert

Now hear me out. Yes, Seibert missed another long field goal. OK, that’s not who he is. He’s consistent from inside 40 yards. He’s doing the job punting and more than serviceable with kickoffs. Could be worse.

 


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