OU beats K-State; Stoops owns record
Published on -11/23/2013, 8:34 PM
By DAVE SKRETTA
MANHATTAN -- Bob Stoops ran away from the tub filled with ice water just about as quickly and effectively as the Sooners' Brennan Clay ran through the Kansas State defense on Saturday.
Who'd want to celebrate a milestone win by getting soaked on a frigid afternoon?
Clay ran for a career-high 200 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Sooners, and Trevor Knight filled in admirably at quarterback as No. 22 Oklahoma handled the Wildcats 41-31 to give Stoops his 158th victory and break a tie with coach Barry Switzer for the most in school history.
"I don't look at anything at all individual," Stoops said. "I don't have time to look at (the record). It's something that, down the road, I'll look back."
Stoops insisted that the signature win didn't feel any different coming against his former mentor, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder. Stoops was one of Snyder's defensive assistants from 1989-95, and was instrumental in helping to turn around the wayward program.
"Bob's never been one about whatever honors he's won or been a part of," said Mike Stoops, his younger brother and the Sooners' defensive coordinator. "I think with our whole team, it's just not a big deal, even though I know he takes great pride in doing this."
Freshman Trevor Knight, filling in for the injured Blake Bell, threw for 171 yards and accounted for two TDs for the Sooners (9-2, 6-2 Big 12), who found themselves in a shootout with a Kansas State offense that almost entirely abandoned the run.
Tyler Lockett was the beneficiary of it. The junior had 12 catches for a school-record 278 yards and three touchdowns, and finished with a school-record 440 yards of total offense.
"They challenged us to throw the ball and our receivers stepped up big," said Jake Waters, who threw for 348 yards and accounted for four TDs. "Tyler proved he's one of the best in the nation so that made me look a lot better, too. You've got to give a lot of credit to Tyler."
Waters didn't look so good when he was picked off by the Sooners' Zack Sanchez in the fourth quarter. Sanchez returned it 74 yards for a touchdown, putting the game out of reach.
It also ended a four-game winning streak for Kansas State (6-5, 4-4).
"This was a collective loss. Take your pick," Snyder said. "Oklahoma played very well. They were the better team and played better and coached better. They did everything better."
The Sooners struck first when Knight hit Sterling Shepard from 12 yards out on third-and-goal in the first quarter, but that was about the last pass that Oklahoma called in the first half.
At one point, Stoops called for runs on 17 of 18 plays, including all 14 on a 98-yard TD drive. Clay and Knight did most of the work, with Knight fooling defensive end Ryan Mueller on a fake handoff and running untouched the final 8 yards for a 14-0 lead.
While the Sooners were pounding the ball, Kansas State abandoned the run.
Waters and Lockett took advantage of blown coverage to hook up for the first time for a 48-yard scoring strike early in the second quarter. When the Wildcats got the ball back, Waters found his favorite target with a perfectly thrown 30-yard TD pass in the corner of the end zone.
Oklahoma answered on the ground with Clay scooting to his right, sticking his foot in the turf and turning up field, racing past the secondary for a 69-yard touchdown run.
It took all of one play -- a 90-yard pitch-and-catch from Waters to Lockett -- for the Wildcats to make it 21-all. The TD catch also allowed Lockett to match the school record for a single game.
Michael Hunnicutt's field goal in the final seconds gave Oklahoma a 24-21 halftime lead.
No. 1 Alabama 49
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- AJ McCarron passed for two touchdowns and became No. 1 Alabama's winningest quarterback in Saturday's 49-0 victory over Chattanooga.
McCarron completed 13 of 16 passes for 171 yards before leaving one drive into the second half of his final game at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the Crimson Tide (11-0). He improved to 36-2 as a starter, breaking a tie with Jay Barker for the school mark.
McCarron and Alabama got an easy tuneup for the Iron Bowl against No. 6 Auburn to determine the Southeastern Conference Western Division champion.
The Tide produced its third shutout of the year and had a blocked field goal against the FCS Mocs (8-4).
Kenyan Drake ran for 77 yards and a 13-yard touchdown with starting tailback T.J. Yeldon sitting out to rest a sprained ankle.
Christion Jones scored on a 75-yard punt return in the second quarter.
No. 4 Ohio St. 42, Indiana 14
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Braxton Miller ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns and passed for two more Saturday to lead No. 4 Ohio State to a 42-14 victory over Indiana, extending the Buckeyes' school-record win streak to 23 in a row.
The snowy victory clinched a division title for the Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0), locking up a spot opposite Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 7.
Carlos Hyde became the first running back to go over 1,000 yards rushing in Urban Meyer's 12 years as a head coach. He ran for 117 yards and two scores.
Ohio State's defense throttled the Hoosiers (4-7, 2-5), who came in averaging 39 points a game.
Arizona 42, No. 5 Oregon 16
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Ka'Deem Carey ran for 206 yards and four touchdowns while becoming Arizona's all-time leading rusher, and the Wildcats took advantage of numerous Oregon miscues to shock the fifth-ranked Ducks 42-16 on Saturday.
Coming off a disappointing home loss to Washington State, Arizona (7-4, 4-4) didn't back off the throttle of its up-tempo offense against the fast-paced Ducks.
With Carey bursting through the line to punish defenders and B.J. Denker dinking and dashing with a variety of fakes, the Wildcats jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and kept going for their first win over a top-five team since knocking off No. 1 Washington 1992.
Oregon (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) gave the Wildcats plenty of help with three turnovers and turning it over twice more on downs to end its national title hopes and, possibly, its four-year run of BCS bowls.
No. 18 LSU 34 No. 9 Texas A&M 10
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Terrance Magee rushed for a career-high 149 yards, LSU's defense pulled the plug on Johnny Manziel and ninth-ranked Texas A&M's video-game offense, and the No. 18 Tigers energized Death Valley with a commanding 34-10 victory Saturday.
Zach Mettenberger completed 11-of-20 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns on a cold, wet and windy afternoon. Jarvis Landry highlighted his four-catch, 87-yard performances with touchdowns of 40 and 10 yards. LSU (8-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) piled up 324 yards on the ground and outgained Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3) in total yards, 517-299.
What was likely Manziel's only visit to Tiger Stadium was among the worst outings of his otherwise brilliant career. He passed for 224 yards and a TD, but completed only 16 of 41, was sacked twice and intercepted twice as the Aggies' road winning streak ended at 10.