No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 15 Kansas State met in Norman for a Big 12 showdown, and Collin Klein and the Wildcats stunned the hosts to walk away with the 24-19 victory.
The first half was characterized by strong defense and offensive mistakes by the Sooners. On one particular play, quarterback Landry Jones scrambled directly into Wildcats linebacker Justin Tuggle, who forced Jones to fumble. KSU's Jarell Childs then scooped up the ball and scampered into the end zone for the game's first touchdown.
On the ensuing drive, Jones led the Sooners into the red zone, but Blake Bell fumbled a snap on an attempt to punch the ball into the end zone.
The errors continued in the second half for Jones, as he threw an inexplicable interception that set up the first of two consecutive fourth-quarter touchdown drives for the Wildcats.
Jones was able to lead Oklahoma down the field for a score that pulled his team one possession away from the lead, but Klein remained unflappable under pressure.
The Wildcats quarterback made play after play on third down to extend drives, and he outplayed Jones to lead his team to a shocking upset on the road.
Tweets of the Night
ESPN Stats & Info noted before the game that history was certainly not on the Wildcats' side as they took the field in Norman.
Oklahoma 78-3 at home under Bob Stoops, and Kansas State is 1-31 all-time vs AP top-10 Oklahoma teams— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 22, 2012
While ESPN may try to provide Skip Bayless with facts and statistics, he once again decided to ignore them and go with his gut to provide a prediction. It just so happens that he was right this time.
I do not have a good feeling about my Oklahoma Sooners at home vs. Kansas State, which is much better than last yr while OU isn't as good.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) September 21, 2012
GoPowerCat.com's D. Scott Fritchen noted that Kansas State's pass rush had not been effective this season, but chose a fantastic time to come alive, as a sack on Landry Jones resulted in a fumble and a defensive touchdown.
That was K-State's first sack on Oklahoma in three games against the Sooners. Justin Tuggle, say hello to the nation. #kstate— D. Scott Fritchen (@DScottFritchen) September 23, 2012
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill couldn't help himself, and took a shot at the Sooners—as any proud Texas resident would.
ou acting like this is a bowl game...choking early..its still september— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) September 23, 2012
CBS Sports' Bryan Fischer reminded Oklahoma that they were up against a force they simply could not handle tonight.
Optimus Klein ladies and gents— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) September 23, 2012
Grades for Key Kansas State Players
Collin Klein: A+
Klein's ability to attack the Sooners defense on the ground and through the air allowed him to be effective throughout the game. He took care of the ball and consistently made throws under pressure on third down to extend drives.
His rushing touchdown to start the fourth quarter capped off a drive that started with a Landry Jones interception. The battle between the two highly-touted quarterbacks was characterized by Jones' mistakes and KSU's ability to turn them into points.
John Hubert: A
Hubert and Klein combined to give the Wildcats a potent ground attack. The junior running back churned out 130 yards on 23 carries.
He was a workhorse in this game, and he allowed the Wildcats to control the clock and pick up first downs. His lone touchdown gave the Wildcats an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, and he was an instrumental part of this upset victory.
Justin Tuggle: A-
The Kansas State defense did a fantastic job limiting the potent Oklahoma offense and frustrating Landry Jones. The unit scored a touchdown and was the driving force behind the upset.
Justin Tuggle in particular stepped up in the national spotlight, and his forced fumble was just the start of a fantastic all-around performance. The entire unti deserves all the praise it will get in the coming week, and Tuggle led the charge.
Ryan Doerr: A
Punters never get any credit, and they rarely deserve to be given any recognition. But in a defensive battle where field position is of vital importance, an excellent punting performance can make a serious impact.
Doerr had five punts in this game, and every one was downed inside the 20-yard line. He could not have played any better and made his mark on this game despite his position.
Grades for Key Oklahoma Players
Landry Jones: C-
Jones certainly had moments in this game where he looked like the prolific passer that was supposed to compete for the Heisman Trophy this season. However, those moments were overshadowed by inexplicable errors.
He had a fumble that was returned for a touchdown, and an interception that Kansas State turned into another seven points. This was an opportunity for Jones to show that the Sooners are legitimate national championship contenders, but he failed to capitalize.
Kenny Stills: B-
The Sooners' go-to wide receiver failed to make a major impact on this game. He finished the night with six receptions for 60 yards.
Jones' poor performance limited the amount Stills could do to help his team. But Oklahoma needed one of its skill position players to create a spark, and Stills was one of several players who failed to deliver.
Domenique Whaley/Damien Williams: C+
The Oklahoma running backs did not seem overly dangerous against the Kansas State defense. Whaley did manage an impressive 5.7 yards per carry, while Williams was less impressive at 3.4 yards per carry.
The two combined for just 85 yards on the day, and neither was able to get into the end zone. This was a dismal day for the entire Sooners offense.