■ Kyler Mur­ray helped Ok­la­homa stave off the up­set bid by Iowa State 37-27.

Allen-ex sen­sa­tional in ex­act­ing re­venge against salty Cy­clones

The Dallas Morning News - - Sportsday - Luke Mered­ith, The As­so­ci­ated Press

AMES, Iowa — At times it felt as though it might hap­pen all over again to Ok­la­homa, which couldn’t shake pesky Iowa State for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

This time the Soon­ers sur­vived — thanks to an Al­lAmer­ica-type per­for­mance from their new star quar­ter­back.

Allen alum Kyler Mur­ray threw for 348 yards and three touch­downs while com­plet­ing 21 of 29 passes, and the fifthranked Soon­ers held off Iowa State 37-27 on Satur­day in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Mar­quise Brown had 191 yards re­ceiv­ing and a touch­down for the Soon­ers (3-0, 1-0 Big 12), who ex­tended the na­tion’s long­est road win­ning streak to 17 games while aveng­ing a stun­ning home loss to the Cy­clones a year ago.

“This is one be­fore the sea­son you kind of cir­cle a lit­tle bit,” Ok­la­homa coach Lin­coln Ri­ley said. “Not be­cause of what hap­pened last year, but you just knew with the way the sched­ule fell this was go­ing to be crit­i­cal. Third game, lot of new guys, tough venue, tough op­po­nent, first Big 12 game. There was just a lot rid­ing on this game. Our guys rose up and made the big plays when it counted.”

Iowa State (0-2, 0-1) didn’t make it easy for the Soon­ers, ral­ly­ing from a 14-point deficit to make it 34-27 late in the third quar­ter. But the Soon­ers killed nearly eight min­utes on a drive that ended with a 42-yard field goal from Austin Seib­ert with 2:51 left, and Parnell Mot­ley’s in­ter­cep­tion with 1:11 to go sealed it.

Backup Zeb Noland threw for a ca­reer-high 360 yards and a pair of long touch­down passes to Ha­keem But­ler for the Cy­clones (0-2, 0-1), who were with­out start­ing quar­ter­back Kyle Kempt (knee).

Iowa State coach Matt Camp­bell said Kempt will also miss next week’s game. Noland showed he’s more than ca­pa­ble in a re­lief role.

“I thought we set­tled in,” Camp­bell said. “I thought we played much bet­ter in the sec­ond half than the first half.”

Ok­la­homa, mean­while, was play­ing its first game with­out star run­ning back Rod­ney An­der­son, who is out for the sea­son with a knee in­jury.

In his ab­sence, Mur­ray led the way with 15 car­ries and a team-high 77 yards, and Trey Ser­mon gained 74 yards on 13 at­tempts, in­clud­ing a 22-yard touch­down run to put the Soon­ers up 31-17.

But the Soon­ers have to be a bit con­cerned about their de­fense, which had no an­swer for the 6-6 But­ler, who woke up Iowa State’s near-sell­out crowd by break­ing four tack­les on his way to a 51-yard TD re­cep­tion early in the sec­ond quar­ter — one play af­ter the Cy­clones forced a fum­ble and re­cov­ered it. He fin­ished with 174 yards re­ceiv­ing on five catches.

Ok­la­homa didn’t flinch, in­stead march­ing 75 yards in 10 plays in a drive capped when Mur­ray found CeeDee Lamb for a 5-yard TD. The Soon­ers did it again to close the half, go­ing 74 yards in 10 plays to make it a 24-10 game at half­time on an­other TD pass from Mur­ray.

Briefly: David Mont­gomery ran for 82 yards on 21 tries for Iowa State. … OU’s Seib­ert was a dif­fer­ence maker, hit­ting three field goals and blast­ing two punts for an av­er­age of 48.5 yards. … The Soon­ers im­proved to 75-6-2 against the Cy­clones in the most lop­sided se­ries in Divi­sion I. … Brown had 189 of his yards in the first two quar­ters, set­ting an OU record for a half.

Matthew Putney/The As­so­ci­ated Press

Ok­la­homa cor­ner­back Parnell Mot­ley (top) breaks up a pass in­tended for Iowa State wide re­ceiver Jalen Martin in the first half of the Soon­ers’ 37-27 vic­tory. Mot­ley’s in­ter­cep­tion with 1:11 re­main­ing sealed the win.

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