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OU football: Sooners avenge 2017 loss to Cyclones to start Big 12 play

OU football: Sooners avenge 2017 loss to Cyclones to start Big 12 play

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, center, runs the ball as he is chased to the sidelines by Iowa State linebacker Willie Harvey, right, during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. Oklahoma won 37-27. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

AMES, Iowa – There hasn’t been much drop off at quarterback play after replacing a Heisman Trophy winner.

Quarterback Kyler Murray threw for 348 yards while tossing three touchdown passes, as No. 5 Oklahoma knocked off Iowa State 37-27 on Saturday in Jack Trice Stadium. Murray also led the Sooners in rushing, tallying 77 yards on 15 carries.

Murray, who the Oakland Athletics selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, hasn’t looked like a quarterback trying to replace a Heisman winner. He looks as if he could be a Heisman candidate.

Through three games, Murray has thrown for 863 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for 169 yards and two scores. His 1,032 all-purpose yards are only one yard behind Baker Mayfield’s 2017 total after three contests. They each had 10 touchdowns after three games, too.

“He’s growing, no doubt,” OU coach Lincoln Riley said. “He can get better. He’s leading our team. He’s leading our offense right now and doing a pretty darn good job.”

Murray’s first four completions were to speedy wide receiver Marquise Brown, who had four catches for 139 yards and a score in the first quarter alone. The touchdown was a 75-yard strike.

Brown finished with nine receptions for 191 yards and the score.

Sophomore Trey Sermon filled in for the injured Rodney Anderson, who will miss the remainder of the season with a right knee injury. Sermon tallied 74 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.

The Sooners (3-0 overall, 1-0 Big 12) struggled throughout times against the Cyclones, who were trying to win against OU in Ames for the first time since 1960. Zeb Noland, who started his second game in place of the injured Kyle Kempt, completed 25-of-36 passes for 360 yards with two scores and an interception.

Redshirt freshman Justin Broiles and sophomore linebacker Kenneth Murray had 10 tackles to lead OU. The Sooners are 3-0 for the second time in as many seasons under Riley.

The victory extended the Sooners’ road winning streak to 17, which is the longest in the nation. Iowa State (0-2, 0-1) rallied from a two-score deficit to make it 34-27 late in the third quarter, but OU drained nearly eight minutes off the clock in the fourth quarter with a prolonged drive that ended with an Austin Seibert field goal.

“This is one before the season you kind of circle a little bit,” Riley said. “Not because of what happened last year, but you just knew with the way the schedule fell this was going to be critical. Third game, lot of new guys, tough venue, tough opponent, first Big 12 game. There was just a lot riding on this game. Our guys rose up and made the big plays when it counted.”


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Cameron Jourdan has covered Oklahoma State athletics since January 2017. He has written for The Oklahoman, The Tuscaloosa News and the Stillwater News Press, among others. Follow Cameron on Twitter: @Cam_Jourdan

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