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For a Second-Straight Year, Kansas State Stuns No. 3 Oklahoma With 38-35 Win

NCAA Football: Kansas State at Oklahoma

For a second-straight year, the Kansas State Wildcats pulled off a huge upset over the Oklahoma Sooners with a 38-35 win in Norman.

But unlike last year, when K-State had a big lead and had to hang on late, the Wildcats won this game in come-from-behind fashion.

The game actually started off with OU freshman QB Spencer Rattler getting intercepted on the opening drive, but OU quickly got the ball back and scored on an 11-play, 83-yard drive where Rattler found freshman WR Marvin Mims for his first touchdown of the day. Mims is a rising star in the OU offense who we wrote about this week.


On OU’s next drive it was Drake Stoops with a 32-yard touchdown grab from Rattler and the Sooners led 14-0. Both teams then traded touchdowns before halftime and OU had a 21-7 lead after 30 minutes of play.

In the third quarter, the teams combined for 28 points and well over 300 yards of offense as Kansas State still trailed by two touchdowns, down 35-21 entering the final quarter of play.

Kansas State had scored a touchdown late in the third quarter and then OU RB Seth McGowan fumbled. Eight plays and 38 yards later, Skylar Thompson ran it in from four yards out as K-State cut the lead down to 35-28.

The Sooners would punt on their next drive and then two plays later K-State struck again on a 38-yard touchdown run by Deuce Vaughn. The Wildcats lined up for a two-point conversion, but wisely thought better of it to tie the game at 35 with just over eight minutes left in the game.

Spencer Rattler and the Sooners punted again and on the next drive, K-State kicker Blake Lynch hit a career-long 50-yard field goal to take a 38-35 lead with 4:32 to play. Both teams would go on to exchange punts and then OU had the ball with under two minutes left before Spencer Rattler was picked off by Jahron McPherson to seal the win for the Wildcats.

Skylar Thompson has now led K-State to two wins in a row over the Sooners after finishing 18/25 for 334 yards and one touchdown, while adding three rushing scores. Deuce Vaughn had himself a day with 129 receiving yards and 45 rushing yards with a score.

In the loss, Spencer Rattler went 30/41 for 387 yards and four touchdowns and three interceptions.


Kansas State was only 2-11 on third downs, were outgained and had 13 penalties for over 100 yards, but won the turnover battle 4-0.

K-State head coach Chris Klieman has now started his career 2-0 against the Sooners, which no one could have predicted when he was hired to replace Bill Snyder last year.

With the loss, the No. 3 Sooners fell to 1-1 and hit the road to take on the Iowa State Cyclones next weekend in Ames. Meantime, Kansas State improves to 1-1 and heads home where they will host the Texas Tech Red Raiders next weekend.

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