Saturday marked two things for the Oklahoma Sooners football program. The Iowa State Cyclones haven’t beat the Sooners in Ames since 1960. John F. Kennedy wasn’t even President of the United States yet when the Clones beat them last in Ames, so there’s that fact. This trend wasn’t broken on Saturday with the Sooners 35-20 win. The Sooners are now 70-5-2 against the Cyclones and Stoops is 8-0.
Head coach Bob Stoops also added another notch to his belt with his 145th win as the Sooners shot-caller. His win on Saturday brought him to be tied with legendary Sooners coach, Bud Wilkinson. Stoops is 12 wins away from surpassing Barry Switzer at the top spot for all-time winning record as a coach in program history.
The Sooners had a rough start on Saturday against the Cyclones. The Cyclones are the only team so far this season that held held the Sooners to 0 points in the 1st quarter. Once they got their rhythm going, there was no looking back. They got a running game established and all the receivers were finally clicking. A great improvement over last weeks loss to Notre Dame.
Landry Jones ended up with 405 yards and 4 touchdowns despite starting badly, with 2 interceptions. With Damien Williams’ play time being limited due to an ankle injury, the Sooners went to Brennan Clay as the go-to running back. Clay had a breakout game with 157 yards and a touchdown. He was also much better on third-down conversions.
OU’s biggest issue on Saturday was penalties. They were penalized 7 times for 71 yards. They ran 85 plays with a total of 593 yards compared to ISU’s 64 plays and 290 yards.
Ames hasn’t been an easy place for ranked teams over the last couple of years. Just ask the Oklahoma State Cowboys how that went last season. The Sooners are now sitting at 6-2 in and will be hosting the Baylor Bears next Saturday in Norman.