Caleb Williams delivered a touchdown and ran after another, Jalen Redmond returned a fumble for another goal, and No. 12 Oklahoma beat Iowa State 28-21 on Saturday.
Kennedy Brooks ran after 115 yards for the Sooners (10-1, 7-1 Big 12, No. 13 CFP), who returned from a loss to Baylor and strengthened their chances of reaching the Big 12 title fight. They also kept their slim College Football Playoff hopes alive.
Iowa State’s Charlie Kolar, who played in his hometown of Norman, Oklahoma, had a career-high 12 catches and 152 yards. Brock Purdy passed 281 yards and a touchdown for Iowa State (6-5, 4-4), which was eliminated from the Big 12 title race.
Iowa State got the ball on its 14-yard line, trailing 28-21 with two minutes left of the game. The Cyclones drove to Oklahoma 21, but Pat Fields intercepted a pass from Purdy with 15 seconds left to end the threat.
Iowa State has been a thorn in the side of Oklahoma in recent years, beating the Sooners in 2017 and 2020. Oklahoma beat the Cyclones in the Big 12 title fight last year.
In the first quarter on Saturday, Iowa States Joe Scates caught a ball near the finish line and was stripped. It was judged that he caught the ball and fumbled out of the end zone. It would have been a touchback, but Oklahoma’s DJ Graham was off the field when he stripped it, so Iowa State got the ball on the 1st after the 25-yard finish. Breece Hall scored on the next game.
Oklahoma responded quickly. Williams slammed into a 74-yard touchdown run – the longest game of the season for the Sooners – to get a draw.
Late in the second quarter, Iowa State drove into Oklahoma Territory. Oklahoma’s Key Lawrence got the ball loose from Purdy and Redmond got the perfect jump in stride and took it 42 yards to a touchdown. The score gave Sooners a 14-7 lead with nine seconds left of the first half.
Williams found Mario Williams in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown to increase Oklahoma’s lead 21-7 late in the third.
Purdy went to the locker room in the third quarter and his replacement, Hunter Dekkers, threw an interception to Oklahoma’s Delarrin Turner-Yell on his second pass.
Andrew Mevis ran 29 yards on a false punt early in the fourth quarter to place Cyclones in Oklahoma Territory. Later in the upturn, Dekkers teamed up with Chase Allen to reduce Oklahoma’s lead to 21-14.
Purdy returned in the fourth quarter but could not collect the Cyclones on his first possession back as they went three-and-out.
Oklahoma responded with a five-play, 68-yard drive – all running games – that ended with a 7-yard touchdown run by Eric Gray with 5:06 left. Brooks ran for 45 yards on three carries on the drive.
Kolar captured a 2-yard touchdown pass from Purdy to cut Oklahoma’s lead to 28-21 with 2:57 left, setting the dramatic finish.
Iowa State: Cyclones came insanely close to having a special season. All five of their losses are by 10 or fewer points. They have lost three of their last four, all by seven or fewer points.
Oklahoma: The Sooners once again found a way to win a close game. Despite only getting 96 yards out of their passing play, Oklahoma claimed its sixth win with seven or fewer points this season.
Iowa State hosts TCU.
Oklahoma visits No. 9 Oklahoma State.
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