Oklahoma survives Kansas State; soccer wins home finale

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Welcome to the Monday edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics.

Sooners sneak by Kansas State

It wasn’t pretty, but Oklahoma moved to 6-1 after beating Kansas State 42-35 on Saturday afternoon in Manhattan, Kan. Baker Mayfield threw for 410 yards. Running back Rodney Anderson added 147 rushing yards a 2 total touchdowns, including the game-winner.

After the performance, Oklahoma fell to No. 10 in the AP Top 25, dropping behind Notre Dame. However, Anderson earned DieHards’ Big 12 offensive player of the week for his performance and clutch play down the stretch. The Sooners moved into first place with their 14th consecutive road win.

Strange play-calling

Oklahoma’s play-calling was strange at times during the win over Kansas State. On several occasions, head coach Lincoln Riley pulled Baker Mayfield from the game. Sometimes it was to run Kyler Murray under center while other times were direct snaps to fullback Dimitri Flowers.

Riley said he’s not kicking himself over the play-calling, but it’s a strange look for a team that athletically outmatched Kansas State. Mayfield was playing an outstanding game, so pulling him was strange. DieHards reporter John Shinn gave the coaches a D grade for their performance.

Other headlines from the program:

  • ESPN projects Oklahoma to play in either the Cotton Bowl against Notre Dame or Fiesta Bowl against Stanford.
  • Baker Mayfield was upset on the sidelines before the half against Kansas State, according to Sooners radio. It’s easy to see why – the Sooners were down 21-10 at the half.
  • Mayfield remains third on ESPN’s Heisman Watch, behind Saquon Barkley and Bryce Love. However, he’s far ahead of Mason Rudolph and Jonathan Taylor.

Soccer wins home finale

Oklahoma soccer brought home a win in its final home match, beating Kansas State 3-2 in Norman. The Sooners improve to 3-11-4 and 1-4-3 in the Big 12.

The Sooners outshot Kansas State 17-9, with nine of those shots being on goal. Rasha Roberts, Kaylee Dao and Lizzie Luallin each scored in the win. Keeper McKinley Crone also added 4 saves for Oklahoma.

Soccer also lost a 3-1 match to Kansas on Friday night. Kyle Escobedo had the lone goal in the loss, while Crone added 7 saves. Oklahoma allowed 17 shots in the loss.

Other headlines around the athletic department:

  • Volleyball forced No. 3 Texas to go four sets but eventually lost 3-1 at home. Alyssa Enneking posted 15 kills and 23 digs, and Madison Drescher added 17 kills and 4 block assists.
  • Men’s basketball will host a charity scrimmage at the Lloyd Noble Center against UT Arlington at noon on Oct. 28. All proceed from the game will benefit United Way Harvey Recovery. The suggested donation for people attending is $5.
  • Former Oklahoma star Blake Griffin is off to a tremendous start to his season with the Los Angeles Clippers. Griffin is averaging 29.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game after two starts. Basketball Reference’s MVP tracker puts him as No. 2 on the list, only behind Giannis Antetokounmpo.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Left tackle Orlando Brown

Cornerback Jordan Parker

Former defensive tackle Tommie Harris

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