NORMAN, Okla. — It’s a script Oklahoma has become all too familiar with in recent years.
Kansas State comes into the meeting with the Sooners with signs of struggle, then turns things on against OU.
That’s exactly what happened Saturday.
The Wildcats’ offense, which had been slumbering during non-conference play, came alive behind Adrian Martinez and Deuce Vaughn.
Kansas State’s defense made life difficult for the Sooners’ offense and Dillon Gabriel struggled.
In the end, the Wildcats whipped No. 6 OU 41-34 to hand Brent Venables his first loss as the Sooners’ head coach.
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Here are five takeaways from the loss:
Dillon Gabriel not sharp
Gabriel’s numbers weren’t bad — 26 of 39 for 330 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions — but the Sooners quarterback had his toughest game of the season.
The most indicative play of Gabriel’s struggles came late in the third quarter, right after Kansas State took a 27-20 lead with a field goal.
The Sooners went for it on fourth-and-3 from the Wildcats’ 39, with Gabriel looking to hit Drake Stoops on a quick pass that would’ve easily netted the first down.
But Gabriel’s throw was well ahead of Stoops, who dove but couldn’t manage more than getting his fingertips on the ball.
It was one of several instances of Gabriel overthrowing receivers.
He’s avoided interceptions through the first four games, but Gabriel has missed quite a few throws over the last two games especially.
Sooners’ LBs struggle, rest of defense goes along
OU’s defense had shown plenty of improvement through the first three games.
But Kansas State’s offense — even with some of its recent issues — figured to…
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Publish date : 2022-09-25 04:07:42
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