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 Sooners Give Wildcats a Crushing First Defeat

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PostSubject: Sooners Give Wildcats a Crushing First Defeat   Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:02 am

Bill Snyder reluctantly accepted so much credit for Kansas State’s 7-0 start. On Saturday, he wanted to shoulder the blame when everything went awry.

Landry Jones threw for a team-record 505 yards and 5 touchdowns, the all-American wide receiver Ryan Broyles caught 14 passes for 171 yards and a score, and 11th-ranked Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) beat the No. 10 Wildcats, 58-17 — dashing their championship hopes.

“Oklahoma’s a lot better than some people would want to think, probably, and I did really a miserable job of getting our football team ready to play,” Snyder said. “That’s factual.”

Though the Wildcats (4-1 Big 12) entered halftime behind just 23-17 with a few offensive bursts and two interceptions by Nigel Malone, the yardage totals of the first quarter painted a telling picture.

The Sooners, despite losing their top rusher, Dominique Whaley, for the season with a fractured left ankle on their first offensive play, had 183 yards of offense after 15 minutes; the Wildcats had 33.

Oklahoma went on to amass 690 yards against the top-ranked defense in the Big 12, and Kansas State managed only 240 — 32 in the second half. “We knew what kind of team they were coming in,” quarterback Collin Klein said, “so it wasn’t a surprise, but frustrating, not being able to execute like we were. We were struggling, and to watch them come right back — it was hard.”

Oklahoma’s offense exposed Kansas State’s vaunted defense throughout the game.

Jones’ passing total shattered the previous record of 468 yards that he shared with Sam Bradford, while Broyles moved into first place on the Big 12’s career list with 4,499 yards receiving. The Sooners’ 520 yards passing was the most by an opponent at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Regardless, Snyder said the Wildcats’ first defeat was a team loss, just as the victories have been team wins.

“This wasn’t totally a defensive malfunction to the degree that it cost us the ballgame,” Snyder said. “We lost the ball game on both sides of the ball.”

Kansas State’s offense had been outgained in other games this season and yet still managed to score enough points to win.

All that changed against Oklahoma’s relentless pressure.

Klein was sacked seven times, the Wildcats were penalized an uncharacteristic five times, the usually reliable kicker Anthony Cantele missed a chip-shot field goal and a defense that had been sound all season crumbled against Oklahoma’s onslaught.

Kansas State led 17-14 midway through the second quarter, but the Sooners scored late in the half; John Hubert’s fumble with 19 seconds remaining allowed Michael Hunnicutt to kick a 53-yard field goal on the final play for a 23-17 halftime advantage.

Broyles hauled in a 29-yard touchdown catch early in the third quarter. Moments later, Jones hit wide receiver Jaz Reynolds for the second of his two touchdown catches to give Oklahoma a 37-17 lead.

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