GAMEDAY College Football

Oklahoma 28, Iowa State 21

(AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

By CLIFF BRUNT
AP Sports Writer

NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma's imperfect season still could end with a Big 12 championship, and possibly more.

Caleb Williams passed for a touchdown and ran for another, Jalen Redmond returned a fumble for a score, and No. 12 Oklahoma beat Iowa State 28-21.

Kennedy Brooks ran for 115 yards for the Sooners (10-1, 7-1 Big 12, No. 13 CFP), who bounced back from a loss to Baylor and solidified their chances of reaching the Big 12 title game and winning a seventh straight conference title. They also kept alive their slim College Football Playoff hopes and did their part to set up a showdown with No. 9 Oklahoma State next Saturday to close the regular season.

Iowa State has been a thorn in Oklahoma's side in recent years, beating the Sooners in 2017 and 2020. Oklahoma beat the Cyclones in the Big 12 championship game last year.

"That's a darn good football team," Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. "We all know. We've been in a lot of battles against those guys."

The Sooners pushed through, despite at times missing more than 20 players during the week with the flu.

Iowa State tight end Charlie Kolar, playing in his hometown of Norman, Oklahoma, had career highs of 12 catches and 152 yards. Brock Purdy passed for 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 at its 14-yard line, trailing 28-21 with two minutes left in the game. The Cyclones drove to the Oklahoma 21, but Pat Fields intercepted a pass by Purdy with 15 seconds remaining to end the threat.

The previous week, the Cyclones lost at Texas Tech on a 62-yard field goal as time expired.

"We never die easy, but man we find some crazy ways to lose sometimes," Kolar said.

Williams broke loose for a 74-yard touchdown run - the longest play of the season for the Sooners - to tie the game at 7 in the first quarter.

Late in the second quarter, Iowa State drove into Oklahoma territory. Oklahoma's Key Lawrence jarred the ball loose from Purdy, and Redmond got the perfect bounce in stride and took it 42 yards for a touchdown. The score gave the Sooners a 14-7 lead with nine seconds left in the first half.

"Oh man, he could take my spot," Brooks joked. "He was nice with it. That scoop-and-score, them high knees, ball security. I loved it, loved it. He took off. He even got some speed on him, too. That thing was amazing."

Williams found Mario Williams in the end zone for an 11-yard score to increase Oklahoma's lead 21-7 late in the third.

Andrew Mevis ran 29 yards on a fake punt early in the fourth quarter to put the Cyclones in Oklahoma territory. Later in the drive, backup Hunter Dekkers - in for the shaken-up Purdy - connected with Chase Allen to cut Oklahoma's lead to 21-14.

Oklahoma later added a five-play, 68-yard drive - all running plays - that ended with a 7-yard touchdown run by Eric Gray with 5:06 remaining. Brooks ran for 45 yards on three carries on the drive.

Kolar caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Purdy to cut Oklahoma's lead to 28-21 with 2:57 remaining, setting up the dramatic finish.

"You know, losing sucks, and we keep coming up short, and it's just frustrating," Kolar said.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter IaStOkla
IaSt TD 10:00 Breece Hall 1 yd run (Andrew Mevis kick) 7 0
Okla TD 9:13 Caleb Williams 74 yd run (Gabe Brkic kick) 7 7
Second Quarter IaStOkla
Okla TD 0:09 Jalen Redmond 42 yd fumble return (Gabe Brkic kick) 7 14
Third Quarter IaStOkla
Okla TD 4:02 Mario Williams 11 yd pass from Caleb Williams (Gabe Brkic kick) 7 21
Fourth Quarter IaStOkla
IaSt TD 10:52 Chase Allen 12 yd pass from Hunter Dekkers (Andrew Mevis kick) 14 21
Okla TD 5:06 Eric Gray 7 yd run (Gabe Brkic kick) 14 28
IaSt TD 2:57 Charlie Kolar 2 yd pass from Brock Purdy (Andrew Mevis kick) 21 28
Team Stats
  Iowa State Oklahoma
First downs 25 15
  Rushing 7 9
  Passing 15 5
  Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Efficiency 4-17, 24% 1-10, 10%
4th down efficiency 5-7, 71% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 35-51 34-209
Passing Yards 310 96
Return Yards 76 17
Completions-Attempts-Int 35-52-2 9-19-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 7--61 4--16
Punts 5 6
Punts-Average 45.2 54.8
Fumbles Lost 6-1 3-0
Penalties - Yards 6-50 4-42
Time of Possession 38:20 21:40
Iowa State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Purdy 30 41 281 1 1
H. Dekkers 5 9 29 1 1
Oklahoma Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Williams 8 18 87 1 1
S. Rattler 1 1 9 0 0
Iowa State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Hall 19 58 3.1 1
A. Mevis 1 29 29.0 0
X. Hutchinson 1 10 10.0 0
H. Dekkers 1 2 2.0 0
B. Purdy 11 -47 -4.3 0
Oklahoma Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Brooks 17 115 6.8 0
C. Williams 12 67 5.6 1
E. Gray 4 23 5.8 1
A. Harrison 0 5 0
Iowa State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Kolar 12 152 12.7 1
X. Hutchinson 7 48 6.9 0
J. Scates 2 38 19.0 0
J. Noel 7 32 4.6 0
B. Hall 3 17 5.7 0
C. Allen 1 12 12.0 1
D. Jackson 2 8 4.0 0
J. Rus 1 3 3.0 0
Oklahoma Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Mims 1 22 22.0 0
M. Williams 2 18 9.0 1
J. Hall 2 17 8.5 0
M. Woods II 1 16 16.0 0
J. Haselwood 1 14 14.0 0
K. Brooks 1 9 9.0 0
E. Gray 1 0 0.0
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Iowa State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. McDonald 1 2
Oklahoma Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Turner-Yell 1 0
P. Fields 1 0
Iowa State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Mevis 3 143 47.7
C. Dunn 2 83 41.5
Oklahoma Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Turk 6 329 54.8
Iowa State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Noel 5 44 8.8
Oklahoma Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Gray 1 0 0
Iowa State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Noel 1 30 30.0
Oklahoma Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Williams 1 17 17.0
Iowa State Missed FG
Player Length
Oklahoma Missed FG
Player Length
G. Brkic 25




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