No. 10 K-State loses to No. 11 Oklahoma, 58-17

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 29, 2011
Bill Snyder reluctantly accepted so much credit for Kansas State's perfect start. Now, he wants to shoulder all the blame when everything went awry. Landry Jones threw for a school-record 505 yards and five touchdowns Saturday, his All-American wide receiver caught 14 passes for 171 yards and a score, and 11th-ranked Oklahoma beat the No. 10 Wildcats 58-17 - dashing their championship hopes in one afternoon. ''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 entered halftime down just 23-17, thanks to a few offensive bursts and two interceptions by Nigel Malone, the yardage totals of the first quarter painted a telling picture. The Sooners 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, while Kansas State managed only 240 - and just 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 wide receiver Ryan 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 defeat was a team loss, just as the victories have been team wins. ''We have been able to, through the course of seven ball games, to possess the ball and move the ball well enough to keep people's offense off the field a substantial amount of time, and we were not able to do that,'' Snyder said. ''This wasn't totally a defensive malfunction to the degree that it cost us the ball game. 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. The team climbed into the top 10 by taking care of the ball, protecting the quarterback, making sure tackles and not getting called for penalties. All that changed against Oklahoma's relentless pressure. Klein was sacked seven times, the Wildcats were penalized an uncharacteristic five times, normally reliable kicker Anthony Cantele missed a chip-shot field goal and a defense that had been assignment sound all season crumbled against Oklahoma's onslaught. Kansas State actually led 17-14 midway through the second quarter, but the Sooners scored late in the half, and 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. It was the start of 44 straight points scored by the Sooners. Broyles hauled in a 29-yard touchdown catch early in the third quarter, tight-rope walking down the sideline for the final 10 yards. Moments later, Jones hit wide receiver Jaz Reynolds for the second of his two touchdown catches to give Oklahoma a 37-17 lead. Roy Finch added a 31-yard touchdown run later and the rout was on. Klein finished with 92 yards and two rushing touchdowns for Kansas State, but he was just 8 of 16 for 58 yards through the air. Hubert added 71 yards rushing. ''They've done an amazing job and they're a really good football team, so we knew they would make their plays,'' Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. ''When they did, we needed to answer back.'' The Sooners have won five straight in the series, their last loss coming in the 2003 conference championship game. They haven't lost in Manhattan since 1996. The road does not get easier for the Wildcats, who visit Stillwater, Okla. next Saturday to take on No. 3 Oklahoma State. That means precious little time to recover. ''It's really painful, but they're a good team, a lot of great athletes,'' cornerback David Garrett said of Oklahoma. ''We've just got to come together on Monday and bounce back.''
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