NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma’s merciless 51-14 victory over Kansas State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium was the type of football game that will rekindle memories of Bill Snyder’s early years as a head coach.
The Sooners weren’t just better than the Wildcats, they were vastly superior in every way.
Behind star quarterback Kyler Murray and a host of talented skill players, Oklahoma scored on their first nine drives and piled up 702 yards. K-State could do nothing to stop the Sooners or move the ball themselves, with Skylar Thompson and Justin Silmon scoring the team’s only two touchdowns.
The blowout was a bit of a surprise, considering K-State was coming off a bye week and its best victory of the season, 31-12 over Oklahoma State. Some thought the Sooners were favored by too much. Turns out, the point spread (25) was too low.
And it could have been worse. Oklahoma receiver Charleston Rambo dropped a sure touchdown pass in the first quarter, which led to a field goal. The Sooners were also unable to take advantage of an Isaiah Zuber fumble near the end of the second quarter and had to settle for another field goal.
Not that it really mattered. The Sooners scored their first 48 points on an astounding 43 plays.
K-State’s best play of the afternoon was arguably a 65-yard punt from Devin Anctil. That’s the kind of day it was for an offense that couldn’t muster 300 yards.
It’s been a while since Snyder has been on the receiving end of such a lopsided mismatch. The Sooners torched the Wildcats 55-0 three years ago, but other than that results like this were mostly contained to his first years on the job when he was just starting K-State on its turnaround path.
Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) kept its playoff hopes alive with the win. K-State (3-5, 1-4) hit a new low point for the season with the loss.
There were few, if any positives, for K-State to take away from this one.
Oklahoma began the rout early.
The Sooners went ahead 7-0 on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Murray to Grant Calcaterra in which the tight end rumbled uncovered and untouched into the end zone. It was a sign of things to come. Oklahoma piled up many more lengthy scoring plays.
Murray hit CeeDee Lamb for touchdown passes of 57 and 82 yards, Brooks Kennedy broke free for an 86-yard touchdown run and Murray slipped free for a touchdown run of his own.
Lincoln Riley took his foot off the gas late in the third quarter when he pulled Murray from the game and replaced him with backup Austin Kendall.
It will be interesting to see where K-State goes from here. The Wildcats have a less daunting game up next against reeling TCU, which lost to Kansas on Saturday. There is hope they could win that game. But they will need play better than they did against Oklahoma for that to happen.