When the Sooners began their voyage to Manhattan, Kansas, a 21-7 deficit was not a part of the plan.
Kansas State showed up to the game looking for a fist fight. Look no further than the Wildcats’ eighteen rushes to eight passes in their first four drives. The game started with a 75-yard run from Alex Barnes that went to the house. After that, Kansas State continued to pound the ground with the quarterback run game. Bill Snyder’s group was executing at an extremely high level that allowed them to score three touchdowns in their first four possessions. This game looked like it was heading for another Oklahoma letdown….until an unexpected defender changed the game.
Jordan Thomas’ interception at the end of the first half ended up being the difference in this game. The senior defensive back has been criticized for most of the 2017 season, but after the interception, the Sooners scored 21 unanswered and took over the lead in the third quarter. Baker Mayfield and the defense responded out of halftime. A completely different team came out of the locker room in the second half. It looked as if Oklahoma was going to run away with the game at 28-21, but Austin Seibert had another blunder, and it did not involve kicking.
Although it was a high snap, Seibert let the ball sail through his hands and gave Kansas State good field position. The momentum flipped in a blink of an eye. The Wildcats answered after the turnover to tie the game up at 28. Just as he has done his whole career, Baker Mayfield countered. The Heisman hopeful hit Marquise Brown for a 66-yard gain, and then the Sooners punched it in to restore order.
Alex Delton then responded with a 75-yard touchdown drive. Kansas State earned that touchdown for the first time in the second half. Oklahoma got the ball back with 2:19 left, and as Mayfield did the week prior, he answered the call.
The game-winning drive consisted of a couple back-foot throws to slants over-the-middle and into tight coverage–a truly Heisman caliber drive from Baker Mayfield. It was ultimately finished off by Rodney Anderson’s “no no no” “yes yes yes” run from 22-yards out to seal the victory.
Oklahoma State has been known as the “Cardiac Cowboys”, but it is their rival to the south that has won each Big 12 game in “cardiac” fashion. Oklahoma is truly in a “Survive and Advance” mode with that win Columbus in their back pocket. The Sooners survived, but they will need to put more complete games together if they want to advance and keep their Playoff hopes.