Instant Analysis: OU 58, Kansas State 17
October, 29, 2011
By Jake Trotter | ESPN.com
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State made the game interesting early Saturday, but Oklahoma poured it on with 44 unanswered points to rout the Wildcats.
How the game was won: Poor tackling and a pair of Landry Jones interceptions allowed K-State to get back in the game in the second quarter. But after halftime, OU played like a team wanting to get back into the national title conversation, scoring touchdowns on their first five possessions.
Turning point: After forcing K-State to punt to open the third quarter, Jones connected with favorite target Ryan Broyles, who skated past one tackler along the sidelines before sailing in for a 29-yard touchdown to ignite the scoring splurge. The Sooners never looked back.
Record performance: Jones broke the OU single-game record with 505 passing yards, completing 35 of 47 passes. The previous record of 468 passing yards was held by both Jones and Sam Bradford. Jones also threw for five touchdowns, giving him the school record for career touchdown passes, as well. Jones now has 90 in his career.
Unsung heroes of the game: The OU offensive line, which despite being banged up gave Jones ample time to make throws downfield. Jones was not sacked once all game.
Stat of the game: While Jones threw for 505 yards, K-State quarterback Collin Klein managed to throw for just 58 yards. Klein completed eight of 16 passes, though did rush for 92 yards.
What it means: By beating K-State, OU took care of one team ahead of it in the BCS Standings. The Sooners still need help to reach the national title game. But OU looked like the best one-loss team in college football with Saturday’s performance.