Oklahoma crawled out of an early hole to earn a tough xx-xx victory over at Kansas State Saturday night.
The victory kept the Sooners’ Big 12 title hopes alive and by extension also kept them in the College Football Playoff picture. Both would have been snuffed out with a loss on Saturday.
Here are 3 quick things we learned from the Sooners’ gritty victory.
1. Rodney Anderson was as good as advertised:
Throughout most of his Oklahoma career, Rodney Anderson had trouble getting off the bench.
Injuries limited his playing time to 23 carries before Saturday’s game.
But with Abdul Adams out of the lineup, the Sooners desperately were looking for a breakaway threat.
Anderson obliged with a career-high 147 rushing yards including a game-winning 22-yard touchdown run with 7 seconds left to pull the Sooners to the victory.
On the game-winning play, Anderson appeared to have been bottled up in the backfield. But he was able to get to the sideline, where he streaked untouched for the touchdown.
For good measure, Anderson added a 5-yard touchdown reception to showcase his value.
It had been a long wait for Anderson to get some playing time this season.
But once he started playing, he was ready for the task.
2. Baker Mayfield is making a case to be the greatest quarterback in OU history:
He’ll finish his career without most of the school’s career passing records.
But Mayfield’s effort in the comeback showcased his leadership and production.
The first half ended with Mayfield yapping at Coach Lincoln Riley as the Sooners stumbled to a 21-10 deficit.
But Mmayfield passed for 410 yards and two touchdowns and added 69 yards and two more scores to lead the Sooners to 32 second-half points and 390 total yards.
It’s the kind of performance that will resonate with Heisman Trophy selectors as they watch Saturday’s highlights.
Some think that Mayfield needs to either win the national title or the Heisman Trophy to cement his standing in Oklahoma annals.
But Saturday shows his abilities as a leader and producer in its best light.
3. The Sooners couldn’t tackle for most of the first half.
Wizened College Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder sees football in shades of grey. But his offense had enough bells and whistles to make life miserable for the Sooners early in Saturday’s game
Kansas State ripped Oklahoma State for 256 rushing yards in the first half alone, averaging 10.7 yards per carry in the first half.
But the second half was a different story.
The Wildcats were limited to 31 rushing yards after the break as they couldn’t get anything going. OU’s defensive turnaround was the key to the comeback.
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