Sooners Fall To Kansas State At Home, 24-19

Saturday, September 22nd 2012, 11:44 pm
By: News 9

The turnover battle is always a huge indicator of which team will win a football game.

Saturday night, the No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners lost the turnover battle, 3-0, and then lost the game, 24-19 to No. 15 Kansas State at Owen Field.

The loss was the first loss suffered against a ranked team in the Bob Stoops era for the Sooners.

The Sooners were their own worst enemy, fumbling the ball inside their own 5-yard line that led directly to a KSU touchdown, as well as fumbling inside the KSU 5-yard line. The Sooners' third turnover was eventually turned into a touchdown by the Wildcats.

The first half was a back and forth affair, highlighted by bend but don't break defensive performances, and several costly mistakes for Oklahoma.

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Kansas State pounded OU on the ground early, marching down the field on several drives, but only able to get a single field goal out of their production. The Sooners did a solid job of containing Collin Klein as far as running the football, but were unable to get significant pressure on him to force him into poor decisions throwing the football.

The first half for OU was a story of missed opportunities and several instances of the Sooners shooting themselves in the foot. The Sooners drove into the Kansas State red zone three times and failed to score a touchdown each time. On the first drive of the game for OU, Landry Jones missed a wide-open Brannon Green in the end zone on a play-action fake. The Sooners kicked a field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

Facing a 3rd and 13 from the OU 13-yard line, Jones was sacked by Justin Tuggle and fumbled. KSU's Jarell Childs picked up the fumble and dove into the end zone to give Kansas State a 7-3 lead.

On the ensuing drive, the Sooners drove to the Kansas State 1-yard line, but on 2nd and goal, OU's Blake Bell fumbled and Kansas State recovered. The Wildcats would convert the turnover into a field goal, and a 10-3 lead.

The Sooners added a field goal of their own, after stalling out in the KSU red zone once again, for a 10-6 halftime deficit.

After a punt for each team to start the half, the Sooners caught a massive break. With Roy Finch coming in motion, Jones took the snap and immediately pushed the ball forward in a pseudo-shovel pass motion. The ball fell to the ground and Kansas State recovered. After a review, the officials deemed it a forward pass, and the Sooners retained possession.

OU gained a lot of momentum from the call, driving down for a score from Bell, and OU's first lead of the game, 13-10. After the Sooners forced a Kansas State punt, OU took over with an opportunity to extend their lead.

However, with a defender in his face, Jones overthrew Kenny Stills and was picked off by Ty Zimmerman. KSU drove in for a Klein rushing touchdown to retake the lead, 17-13.

After an OU punt, KSU embarked on an eight-play drive that took 4:32 off the clock, and ended with a nine-yard touchdown run for KSU running back John Hubert.

The Sooners responded with a Jones touchdown pass to freshman Sterling Shepard, but the Wildcats were able to get two first downs and burn the final 4:09 off the clock to finish the upset.