Corey DeMoss, News9.com
NORMAN, Oklahoma – The Oklahoma Sooners scored 20 points in the second quarter, and that was all they needed in a 26-6 win over Iowa State Saturday.
Iowa State (6-5, 3-5) entered the second quarter with a 6-3 lead, thanks to a snap over the head of punter Tress Way. The Cyclones took over at the Oklahoma 10-yard line and scored on their first play of the drive. They missed the ensuing extra point, and would not score again for the rest of the day.
The OU defense clamped down in the second quarter, allowing just 43 yards and three first downs in the frame. The Sooners also forced two turnovers in the final two minutes of the half.
Travis Lewis pulled down an interception on a tipped ball and ran it back for a defensive touchdown, but it was called back due to an illegal block in the back. That penalty cost OU four points, as the ensuing drive resulted in a Michael Hunnicutt field goal with less than 30 seconds left in the half.
With swirling winds disrupting kicks all day, the Sooners elected to use a pooch kick on the following kickoff. Iowa State attempted a fair catch, but fumbled and gave OU another chance to put up points. That drive ended with another Hunnicutt field goal on the final play of the half, giving OU a 23-6 lead.
The defenses were the story of the second half. Iowa State forced two Landry Jones interceptions and a fumble by Roy Finch, but could not do anything with those turnovers.
One week after allowing the most yards in school history, OU's defense shut down the Cyclones. ISU recorded just eight first downs in the second half, and its longest play was only 14 yards.
Iowa State drove inside the OU 40-yard line one time in the second half, and that drive ended with a turnover on downs. Saturday's performance marked the first game all season in which the Sooners did not allow a point for three consecutive quarters.
The performance also sets up perhaps the most important Bedlam game in the history of the rivalry next week. OU's victory essentially will turn Bedlam into a Big 12 Championship game. Whichever team wins will be crowned conference champion and receive an automatic BCS bowl bid.