Soon­ers hold on

Late in 4th, they stop 2-point try to beat ri­val Cow­boys

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports - By Cliff Brunt

NOR­MAN, Okla. — Kyler Mur­ray passed for 349 yards and ran for 66 and No. 6 Ok­la­homa sur­vived a late two-point con­ver­sion at­tempt to beat Ok­la­homa State 48-47 on Satur­day.

Tay­lor Cor­nelius con­nected with Ty­lan Wal­lace on a 24-yard touch­down pass to cut Ok­la­homa’s lead to one with 1:03 to play. Ok­la­homa State went for two, but Cor­nelius threw short and into cov­er­age, and the pass fell in­com­plete.

Ok­la­homa State coach Mike Gundy was con­fi­dent in his de­ci­sion to go for two.

“As the game was go­ing back and forth, on the road, strug­gling stop­ping them — prob­a­bly the best thing,” he said. “Had a shot at it, just didn’t make a good throw.”

Ok­la­homa re­cov­ered the on­side kick and ran out the clock.

Kennedy Brooks ran for

165 yards and three touch­downs, Trey Ser­mon ran for 124 yards and two scores and Mar­quise Brown caught eight passes for 142 yards and a score for the Soon­ers (9-1, 6-1 Big


Cor­nelius passed for a ca­reer-high 501 yards and three touch­downs for the Cow­boys (5-5, 2-5). Wal­lace caught 10 passes for

220 yards and two scores. Chuba Hub­bard ran for

104 yards and three scores, but he lost a crit­i­cal fum­ble in the fourth quar­ter.

In all, Ok­la­homa State gained 640 yards in a rough out­ing for in­terim de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Ruf­fin McNeill’s unit.

“Were we at our best tonight? No,” Ok­la­homa coach Lin­coln Ri­ley said.

Ok­la­homa State took a

35-34 lead in the third quar­ter on Hub­bard’s

2-yard run, but the Soon­ers re­sponded quickly. Brooks had a 5-yard touch­down on the last play of the third quar­ter to give Ok­la­homa a

41-35 lead. Hub­bard scored again with 12:20 to play, but Ok­la­homa State kicker Matt Am­men­dola missed the ex­tra point, leav­ing the score tied at 41.

With Ok­la­homa State driv­ing for the lead, Hub­bard fum­bled, and Ok­la­homa’s Ken­neth Mur­ray re­cov­ered with 6:09 to play. Ok­la­homa took ad­van­tage when Trey Ser­mon pow­ered in from the 1 with 3:29 left, set­ting up Ok­la­homa State’s fi­nal drive.

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