K-State dominated by No. 8 Oklahoma, 51-14

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The Kansas State football team traveled to Norman, Oklahoma to face off against the eighth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday.

K-State entered the game as 24-point underdogs and were outmatched, losing 51-14.

To put things lightly, the Sooners dominated the entire game.

First Quarter

Tempers flared during the very first drive of the game, but the Sooners scored on a 35-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Kyler Murray to sophomore tight end Grant Calcaterra to put OU ahead early.

After a K-State three and out, the Sooners again marched down the field, but the Wildcats held Oklahoma to a 32-yard field goal by senior placekicker Austin Seibert.

The Sooners scored yet again when Kyler Murray found sophomore wide receiver CeeDee Lamb wide open for an 82-yard touchdown to put the Sooners up 17-0.

The Wildcats did not get past the 50-yard line until the last play of the first quarter.

Second Quarter

K-State opened the second quarter in OU territory, finishing a drive capped off with a five-yard rushing touchdown by sophomore quarterback Skylar Thompson.

The drive was 14 plays and 72 yards long, and took 6:32 off the clock.

The Sooners quickly answered yet again, this time with a seven play, 75-yard drive that ended with a three-yard rush into the end zone by freshman running back Kennedy Brooks.

Murray marched the Sooners 90 yards down the field in three minutes after a K-State punt, and scored on a nine-yard rushing touchdown.

After a fumble by junior wide receiver Isaiah Zuber on the ensuing kickoff, Oklahoma was held to a field goal to go up 34-7, a lead it held going into the half.

The Wildcats ended the half with 124 total yards, while the Sooners posted 386 total yards.

Third Quarter

K-State received the kick to begin the second half and had to punt after another three and out.

The Sooners added to their lead after an 86-yard run by Brooks to go up 41-7.

The Wildcats would punt yet again.

Five plays later, Murray found Lamb for a 57-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead 48-7.

Murray’s day ended early as he was replaced by sophomore Austin Kendall with five minutes remaining in the quarter.

Murray added to his Heisman campaign resumé as he threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Fourth Quarter

The Sooners started the fourth quarter with the ball on the six-yard line and would kick a 22-yard field goal to extend their lead over the Wildcats.

K-State would drive down to score a touchdown on a nine-yard rush by senior running back Justin Silmon to put the score at 51-14.

Oklahoma had to punt for the first time in the contest with eight minutes remaining in the game, and would later run down the clock to win the game 51-14.

Thompson threw for 108 yards and rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown for K-State. Silmon was the leading rusher for the Wildcats with 51 yards and a touchdown.

Sophomore defensive back Walter Neil Jr. led the Wildcat defense with nine tackles on the day.

Oklahoma finished the game with 702 total yards, while K-State only had 245 total yards.

Brooks ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns for the Sooners, while Lamb had four receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

With the loss, K-State is now 3-5 on the season and 1-4 in the Big 12. Its bowl game hopes are dwindling away with the Wildcats needing to win three more games, but with only four games remaining in the regular season, K-State’s bowl streak could be quickly coming to an end.

The Wildcats will face TCU, who lost to KU over the weekend, on the road next Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on FS1.

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