1. RB Brennan Clay. The junior from California had the game of his career, rushing for a career-high 157 yards on 24 carries. With Damien Williams ailing with an ankle injury, Clay could play a huge role for the Sooners down the stretch.
2. WR Justin Brown: After a quiet performance against Notre Dame, Brown was big against the Cyclones. He finished with seven catches for 107 yards, including a touchdown catch he snagged off a tip. Brown also hauled in a 40-yard bomb that led to a touchdown just before halftime. It was Brown’s first 100-yard game as a Sooner.
3. QB Landry Jones: Jones had a spotty stretch in the second quarter with consecutive interceptions that led to a pair of Iowa State field goals. But Jones rounded into a sharp form and completed 32-of-45 passes for a season-high 405 yards. Jones also threw four touchdowns, and didn’t take a sack against one of the Big 12’s better defenses.
1. The Belldozer: Iowa State did something Notre Dame couldn’t, and that’s stuff the Blake Bell package. The Sooners had third-and-2 at the Cyclones 6-yard line, but couldn’t get a first down on two tries with the Belldozer and turned the ball over on downs. The Cyclones also turned Bell back on third-and-1 in the third quarter. The Sooners, however, went for it on fourth down and Bell got the first down. Barely, though.
2. RB Dominique Whaley: Bob Stoops indicated earlier in the week that Whaley would start if Williams couldn’t go. Instead, the Sooners went with Clay. Whaley finished with two yards on one carry and continued to spend most of the game on the sidelines.
3. RB Damien Williams: Williams clearly isn’t healthy, and probably should have never played. He gave it a go early, but had just seven yards on three carries before tweaking his ankle again early in the second quarter. It might be awhile before Williams is 100 percent again.