The Norman Transcript

November 16, 2013

Big day for Knight, Sooners

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Oklahoma is right to where it was in the middle of September. It has a quarterback controversy coming off a victory.

Trevor Knight relieved Blake Bell, who appeared to be shaken up after being tackled following a late first-quarter scramble and helped lead the Sooners to a 48-10 victory over Iowa State Saturday at Owen Field.

The victory lifted OU to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the Big 12 Conference. The Cyclones dropped their seventh straight game, sinking to 1-9 and 0-7.

The eventual outcome appeared near impossible late in the first half. The Cyclones actually led 10-3 75 seconds before the half.

Everything changed when Jalen Saunders returned a punt 91 yards with 69 seconds left in the first half. The play allowed OU to get into the locker room tied after a dismal first 30 minutes.

The second half was nothing but a highlight reel for the Sooners, who scored on touchdown runs of 69, 63, 56 and 19 yards.

Damien Williams rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns while Knight piled up 123 yards on just 10 carries. All told, the Sooners rushed for a season-high 394  — the most ever by a Bob Stoops coached team — with just about all of it coming after the half.

The Sooners only threw for 118 yards. Knight completed 8 of 14 for 61 yards. Kendal Thompson entered late in the fourth quarter and was 2 for 4 for 47 yards and threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Ripkowski.