Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

September 24, 2012

"Oklahoma Meltdown'

No. 15 K-State stuns No. 6 Sooners, 24-19

NORMAN — Oklahoma went from dominant to average in a little over three hours Saturday night. That was the amount of time it took for 15th-ranked Kansas State to expose every imperfection the sixth-ranked Sooners possessed.

For the Sooners (2-1, 0-1 Big 12), the revelations in the 24-19 loss at Owen Field were frightening.

“We expect more out of ourselves,” wide receiver Kenny Stills said after OU committed three turnovers. “It’s embarrassing to go out there and play like that as an offense.”

Kansas State (4-0, 1-0) deserves more credit than that. It played mistake-free football throughout the night and literally jumped on every tiny opportunity the Sooners tossed their way.

Quarterback Collin Klein rushed for 79 yards and threw 149 yards in a very workman-like performance. But he kept the chains moving and kept feeding the ball to running back John Hubert, who rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown.

“We knew it would be a battle, and it was exactly that,” Klein said. “We credit everyone for hanging together. The defense got big stops and turnovers. Again, we were able to do enough to get the win.”

While the Wildcats were together, the Sooners were breaking apart — starting at the quarterback spot.

Landry Jones struggled, and backup Blake Bell made a costly mistake. Jones threw for 298 yards and a touchdown, but his night will be remembered for his second-quarter fumble that set up Jarell Childs’ one-yard return for a touchdown and the interception he threw to Tyler Zimmerman that set up Klein’s five-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. First, there was the errant throw on OU’s opening drive that blew a potential touchdown pass to Brannon Green.

Jones didn’t shy away from the mistakes.

“I played pretty terrible,” he said. “The majority of this game is in my hands. I didn’t take care of the ball and I didn’t make enough plays. This one is probably on me.”

Text Only
Sports
  • DSC_0292web.jpg ‘All-State Sluggers’

    When Claremore’s Matt Whatley takes his place behind the plate tonight in the Oklahoma Coaches Association Large School East-West All-State baseball game, the former Zebra catcher will be right at home.
    Whatley, who started four years as the catcher for the Zebras, finds his final high school baseball game taking place in his future college ballpark.
    Last November, Whatley and his long-time friend, Bryce Howe, signed NCAA Division I baseball scholarships to play for the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles.
    Tonight, those dreams come true for Whatley and Jenks outfielder Cadon Owens, who will be joining his former Bearcats teammate on the East squad. Also, Verdigris' Ryan Skalnik will start at third base for the Large East All-State team.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • FISHFRYweb.jpg Claremore QB Club holds Fish Fry Aug. 2

    The Claremore Zebra Quarterback Club will hold its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Claremore High School cafeteria.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • GOLF: OSU's Jelly wins Oklahoma State Amateur

    Oklahoma State's Brendon Jelley captured the Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship on Wednesday with a 1-up victory over Preston Crawford at The Patriot Golf Club.

    July 29, 2014

  • OSU wrestling to host Alumni Reunion

    Oklahoma State wrestling will host an alumni reunion for former Cowboy wrestlers, trainers and managers on Sept. 19-20 in Stillwater.

    July 29, 2014

  • OU's Mixon claims self defense

    The attorney for Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon says the incident that left a 20-year-old female OU student with multiple facial fractures was a case of self-defense.

    July 29, 2014

  • Sooners' secondary gets ready for changes

    There’s a reason Oklahoma is the preseason favorite to win the Big 12 Conference and a front-runner to get a spot in the first College Football Playoff.

    The experience – especially on defense – is the leading cause.

    July 29, 2014

  • SOFTBALL: Adair aiming high in 2014

    Adair's Lady Warriors have never shied away from the spotlight.

    Head coach Chell Looney's team will have plenty of chances to earn respect and a shot at the program's third straight regional tournament appearance.

    July 29, 2014

  • Cat Conti earns her stripes as football official

    Cat Conti never played sports, let alone had any interest in them, when she was growing up in Southern California. She wanted to be a Hollywood star.

    July 29, 2014

  • Fitzgerald: Union push unified Northwestern

    No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats.

    For that, he credits the push for them to unionize.

    July 29, 2014

  • NFL: Make or break season for Rams QB Bradford

    It's become a rite of training camp for Sam Bradford.

    Every summer, he deals with the oversized burden of living up to getting picked first overall in 2010. The St. Louis Rams quarterback is not surprised that once again, he's supposedly at a career crossroads.

    July 29, 2014