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12:00 PM ET, November 16, 2013
Memorial Stadium (Norman, OK), Norman, OK
NORMAN, Okla. -- Barry Switzer was so confident that Oklahoma would beat Iowa State that he got on Twitter on Friday and congratulated Bob Stoops for matching his record for most wins with the Sooners.
Trevor Knight then went out and took care of the rest.
Knight replaced injured quarterback Blake Bell in the second quarter and led No. 18 Oklahoma to a 48-10 victory over Iowa State on Saturday.
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The Sooners (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) closed the game with 45 unanswered points over the final three quarters, handing Stoops win No. 157 at one of college football's most successful programs and backing up Switzer's boast that he downplayed later in the day.
"I've done my best to ignore that or stay away from it," Stoops said of tying Switzer's record. "All I'll do is compliment Coach Switzer. He was a special coach at his time. Not many coaches have a Super Bowl with three national championships."
Knight was 8-of-14 passing for 61 yards and rushed for 123 yards and one touchdown. Damien Williams added 10 carries for 128 yards and two touchdowns for the Sooners.
Iowa State (1-9, 0-7) held Oklahoma scoreless in the first quarter and led 10-3 before Jalen Saunders returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown right before halftime.
Knight provided an instant spark after replacing Bell, who was 2-of-5 passing for 10 yards before he appeared to get injured on a fumble with the Sooners trailing 7-0.
Stoops stuck with Bell as his starting quarterback after Oklahoma managed only 237 yards of offense in a 41-12 loss at then-No. 5 Baylor. And while the Sooners got off to another slow start, they outscored the Cyclones 38-0 in the second half.
"We had fun. Like we've said all along, it's not about one guy in this group of quarterbacks," Knight said. "It's the strength of the group. We've got to prepare every week to be ready to go and in situations like that."
Williams scored on a 69-yard touchdown run in the opening minute of the third quarter, lifting Oklahoma to its first lead of the day. The two-play, 75-yard drive showed the Sooners are capable of scoring in a hurry.
Brennan Clay added a 63-yard touchdown later in the third to extend Oklahoma's lead to 27-10. The two long touchdown runs all but dashed Iowa State's hopes of snapping a 15-game losing streak to Oklahoma.
And Knight made a case for the starting role when he stumbled his way for a 56-yard touchdown on the first play of the quarter. It was the redshirt freshman's first career rushing touchdown.
"He played with poise (and) took care of the football," Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. "He missed a couple of things in the pass, but he handled himself well."
It was the first time Oklahoma had three players rush for a touchdown of at least 50 yards in a game since 1988.
Stoops said Bell left the game because of an injury and not as a result of his inability to move the offense. Stoops added that the plan was to play Knight as well against Iowa State, but the move came sooner than expected because of Bell's injury.
Stoops said he'll wait until he knows more about Bell's health before he makes a decision on his starting quarterback for Oklahoma's next game at Kansas State.
"We'll see. I'm not gonna say anything here a half-hour after the game," Stoops said. "We'll look at what we feel what's the best way moving forward."
Oklahoma's offensive woes carried over into Saturday, and things didn't begin to get better until Knight took over.
The Sooners managed just one first down and 25 yards of total offense in the first quarter. It marked the fourth straight game that Oklahoma failed to score in the first.
Saunders scored Oklahoma's only touchdown of the first half when he fielded a punt at the 9, eluded a few defenders, and raced to the end zone with 1:09 remaining in the second quarter.
"We had the guy surrounded a long way from the goal line, and then he escapes and makes a great play," Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said. "Woe is me. Why us? I can't believe this is happening again."
The Cyclones, losers of seven in a row, jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Sam Richardson ran untouched on a 4-yard touchdown run with 14:18 left in the second quarter.
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It was over when... Trevor Knight broke off a 56-yard touchdown run to give the Sooners a 34-10 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Gameball goes to... Damien Williams. The senior running back turned in 128 yards and two touchdowns, his first 100-yard game this season.
Stat of the game... 405. The Sooners haven't been able to rely on their passing game but were able to ride 405 rushing yards to a win.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-14||7-15|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||2-2|
|TD||14:18||Sam B. Richardson 4 Yd Run (Cole Netten Kick)||7||0|
|FG||07:32||Michael Hunnicutt 22 Yd||7||3|
|FG||05:52||Cole Netten 29 Yd||10||3|
|TD||01:09||Jalen Saunders 91 Yd Punt Return (Michael Hunnicutt Kick)||10||10|
|TD||14:17||Damien Williams 69 Yd Run (Michael Hunnicutt Kick)||10||17|
|FG||07:50||Michael Hunnicutt 32 Yd||10||20|
|TD||03:59||Brennan Clay 63 Yd Run (Michael Hunnicutt Kick)||10||27|
|TD||14:49||Trevor Knight 56 Yd Run (Michael Hunnicutt Kick)||10||34|
|TD||09:32||Damien Williams 19 Yd Run (Michael Hunnicutt Kick)||10||41|
|TD||03:56||Aaron Ripkowski 3 Yd Pass From Kendal Thompson (Michael Hunnicutt Kick)||10||48|
Oklahoma's Damien Williams (128) and Trevor Knight (123) are the first pair of Sooners to rush for 100+ yards in the same game since 12/6/08 vs Missouri. Chris Brown (122) and Mossis Madu (114) did it in the 62-21 win over Missouri. That was the game before Oklahoma lost 24-14 to Florida in the BCS Championship.
Oklahoma rushed for 405 yards today, which if it holds up (official box score), will be the most rushing yards in a game for the Sooners in the Bob Stoops era. Oklahoma Most Rushing Yards in Game Bob Stoops Era (Since 1999) 2013 vs Iowa State 405 2002 at Tulsa 378 2005 vs Oklahoma St 354 2012 vs Florida A&M 349 2007 vs Utah State 343
Bob Stoops can tie Barry Switzer as Oklahoma's winningest head coach with a win today against Iowa State... Most Career Wins as Oklahoma Head Coach W-L-T Barry Switzer 157-29-4 Bob Stoops 156-39 Bud Wilkinson 145-29-4 Bennie Owen 122-54-16
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