Analysis: Oklahoma 26, Iowa State 6

November, 26, 2011
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The Sooners played uninspired early, but capitalized off turnovers in the second quarter to cruise to a comfortable win.

How the game was won: Iowa State committed four first-half turnovers, leading to three OU scoring drives. The Sooners also limited Cyclones quarterback Jared Barnett to just 148 yards of total offense. In last week’s overtime win over Oklahoma State, Barnett put up 460 yards of offense.

Turning point: After a poor punt by Iowa State’s Kirby Van Der Kamp, the Sooners dialed up a reverse to former high school track star Trey Franks. Thanks to a key block by tackle Donald Stephenson, Franks dashed for 43 yards, the fourth-longest run by a Sooner this season. Blake Bell later punched the ball in for a touchdown to put the Sooners up 17-6.

Player of the game: OU safety Tony Jefferson had maybe his best game since intercepting three passes against Ball State. Jefferson had six tackles, including two for loss, and a sack and played sound defense throughout the game. Jefferson has been slowed by an MCL knee sprain the last few games. He finally looked healthy against the Cyclones.

Unsung heroes of the game: With Ryan Broyles out for the year and Jaz Reynolds suspended, Dejuan Miller and Trey Franks stepped up with their best games of the season. Miller finished with a game-high seven receptions for 86 yards. Franks rushed for 88 yards on two reverses.

What it means: The stage is set for next weekend’s Bedlam showdown, with the Big 12 Championship and a BCS bowl berth on the line. The Sooners have won eight straight in the series.

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