Houston 38 — Tulsa 31
Inches. Inches are all that stood between the University of Tulsa and a possible third overtime game in a row. Athletic defensive lineman, Jesse Brubaker, cought a short Dane Evans pass, but was stopped just short of the goal-line as time expired. It was an uphill battle all game for the Golden Hurricane (4–2, 1–1), but the appeared up to the challenge all night.
Twice, they trailed Houston (6–1,3–1) by 14 points but were able to tie the game. The Cougars took the lead for good on a 24-yard fumble return for touchdown, with 1:21 remaining in the game. Evans was flushed from the pocket, and had the ball stripped. He returned to the field a few seconds later, however, engineering a drive to the Cougar one yard line.
Houston’s defense made everything difficult for the Tulsa offense, rushing for only 94 yards. Starting running back D’Angelo Brewer left the game in the second quarter, rushing for only 26 yards on 10 carries.
Dane Evans almost overcame the devastating fumble to engineer a third come-from-behind win. Evans did everything he could to pull off the upset and keep the Hurricane’s AAC title hopes alive. He finished 27/51 for 365 yards and one touchdown.
Oklahoma 38 — Kansas State 17
Oklahoma jumped to an early 14–0 lead and never looked back against the overmatched Kansas State Wildcats. Baker Mayfield threw for 346 yards on 25/31 passing, finding his favorite target, Dede Westbrook multiple times. Westbrook finished with 184 yards and three touchdown catches, capping a three game stretch with eight TD grabs.
The Sooners (4–2, 3–0) have now won ten straight conference games, and appear to be poised to make a run at another league crown. The Oklahoma defense gave Kansas State (3–3,1–2) all they could handle, allowing only 335 total yards. The Wildcats only mustered 110 yards on the ground.
Sophomore Joe Mixon rushed for a team-high 88 yards and had a halfback toss to Westbrook for a touchdown as well. Mixon continued to shine, stepping in for Samaje Perine, who was injured early in the game.
Dede Westbrook may be getting most of the headlines of late, but Baker Mayfield appears to be shaping into fine form for the second half of the season. He completed 80.6% of his passes, Saturday, with four touchdowns. He has now tossed nine scores in the last three games.