Instant analysis: Oklahoma 35, ISU 20
November, 3, 2012
By Jake Trotter | ESPN.com
AMES, Iowa -- After a sluggish first quarter, the Sooners finally got rolling offensively to cruise to a 35-20 win over Iowa State on the road.
It was over when: Oklahoma free safety Tony Jefferson picked off Steele Jantz inside the OU 20-yard line with 3:14 left in the game to finish off a mild Iowa State rally. The interception was the Sooners' only forced turnover of the day.
Game ball goes to: OU running back Brennan Clay, who rushed for a career-high 157 yards on 24 carries in relief of hobbled starter Damien Williams. Clay also dashed for an 18-yard touchdown late in the third quarter that put the Sooners up two scores.
Stat of the game: The Sooners gashed Iowa State on third down, converting 9 of 14 attempts. Landry Jones completed two of his touchdown passes on third-and-9.
Turning point: After picking off Jones, Iowa State pulled to within 7-6 on an Edwin Arceo 51-yard field goal. The Sooners seemed to content to run out the last minute of the first half, handing the ball off twice. But then Jones completed back-to-back bombs, including a 21-yard touchdown lob to Kenny Stills 14 seconds before halftime.
Unsung hero: Sooners wide receiver Justin Brown came through with two of the biggest plays of the game. Brown hauled in a 40-yard catch near the end of the first half to set up the Stills touchdown. He also snagged a tipped pass in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown to cap OU’s opening drive of the third quarter.
What it means: The Sooners remain on Kansas State’s heels in the Big 12 title race, though still need a lot of help. Iowa State missed a chance to become bowl eligible for the second straight season, but still has three more opportunities to get there.
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BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State