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Joshua Youngblood also reached the end zone, as the Wild­cats (5-2, 2-2) snapped the Soon­ers’ na­tion-lead­ing 22-game road win­ning streak.

Their last true road de­feat? At TCU, five years and 22 days ago.

Hurts threw for 395 yards and a touch­down while run­ning for 95 yards and three more. But de­spite an­other big game by the na­tion’s leader in to­tal of­fense, the Soon­ers couldn’t over­come a mul­ti­tude of mis­takes: two

turnovers, costly penal­ties and the ejec­tion of one of their de­fen­sive lead­ers.

Last week, it was the Sooner Schooner that crashed.

This week, it may have been Ok­la­homa’s chances of reach­ing the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off.

It didn’t look that way early, though. The Soon­ers breezed down­field for a field goal, forced a quick punt, then scored again in a mat­ter of min­utes to take a 10-0 lead. And af­ter Kansas State scored, Hurts an­swered with an­other touch­down to give the Soon­ers a 17-7 lead.

That’s when the un­rav­el­ing be­gan.

In the first half alone, Ok­la­homa twice fum­bled the ball or dropped a snap. Penal­ties on third-and-long on each of the Wild­cats’ first two scor­ing drives gave them first downs. The most egre­gious er­ror came on a wide re­ceiver pass in the fi­nal minute, when Nick Basquine’s throw bounced off Charleston Rambo and into the hands of A.J. Parker to set up the Wild­cats’ third touch­down of the first half.

The quick-strike Soon­ers still had 23 sec­onds left af­ter Thomp­son plunged into the end zone, and that was enough time to get an­other field goal. But they trailed 24-23 at the break.

That deficit swelled dur­ing the third quar­ter.

Kansas State marched for a field goal to open the sec­ond half. Then, af­ter a pooch kick, Eric Gal­lon forced a fum­ble on the re­turn — and sus­tained a se­vere knee in­jury re­quir­ing a cart to take him from the field — and the Wild­cats re­cov­ered to set up an­other touch­down run.

When they forced a three­and-out and scored again, they had built a 41-23 lead.

Ok­la­homa ral­lied fran­ti­cally in the fourth quar­ter, get­ting a 70-yard touch­down from Ceedee Lamb, rolling down­field for Hurts’ third TD run and a 2-point con­ver­sion,

and then get­ting a field goal from Gabe Br­kic to make it a one-pos­ses­sion game with 1:45 to go.

Then came the on­side kick, the re­view — and the cel­e­bra­tion in Ag­gieville. THE TAKE­AWAY Ok­la­homa: The Soon­ers could still reach the play­offs by win­ning out and get­ting some help, but the task be­come much more chal­leng­ing. And the road doesn’t get any eas­ier with games against No. 23 Iowa State and No. 14 Bay­lor.

Kansas State: The Wild­cats have won backto-back Big 12 games af­ter drop­ping the first two, and gave Klie­man a sig­na­ture

win as he tries to build on long­time coach Bill Sny­der’s foun­da­tion.

KICK­ING AWAY Ok­la­homa cor­ner­back Par­nell Mot­ley was ejected early in the sec­ond quar­ter when he kicked Kansas State tight end Lo­gan Long along the Soon­ers’ side­line. It came af­ter Youngblood’s touch­down run trimmed the Wild­cats’ deficit to 17-14 and oc­curred right in front of an of­fi­cial.


Ok­la­homa gets a week off be­fore fac­ing Iowa State on Nov. 9.

Kansas State heads down I-70 to face Kansas next Satur­day.

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