It finally happened…for the first time this season, all three of the state schools walked away victorious! There were three close games, this weekend, as all carried their own nervous moments; so lets get right to the recap:
Tulsa 43 — SMU 40
It was an ugly Friday night for the Golden Hurricane, as they overcame 17 penalties to beat SMU, in overtime, 43–40. Tulsa (4–1,1–0), rushed for 315 yards behind D’Angelo Brewer’s 182 yards and James Flanders’ 132; their third game this season with over 300 yards on the ground.
The Mustangs (2–4, 0–2) did everything they could to pull off the upset, scoring 14 in the first, and rallying in the fourth to force overtime. Kicker, Josh Williams, made a 25 yard field goal as time expired, tying the game at 37.
SMU quarterback, Ben Hicks, and Tulsa senior, Dane Evans, had virtually identical numbers. Hicks finished 29–52 for 258 yards and two touchdowns, while Evans was 25/44 for 247 yards and one touchdown. It was Evans, however, who was able to get his team in the endzone in overtime. On a zone read, Evans kept the ball and scampered across the goal line, untouched.
James Flanders got the Tulsa offense kickstarted with a 61 yard touchdown run, in the first quarter. His career-best run pulled the Hurricane within 14–10 and gave the Tulsa offense the energy they needed to pull ahead right before halftime. Brewer is the workhorse of the this running game (38 carries), but Flanders has the ability to hit the home run when the Hurricane need it most.
Oklahoma 45 — Texas 40
Once again, the Red River Rivalry did not disappoint. Receiver, Dede Westbrook continued his strong play with a school-record 232 yards and three touchdowns, and Samaje Perine finished with 214 yards on the ground. It was a welcome sight for Sooner fans, as Oklahoma needed every yard to finish off a struggling Texas team.
Oklahoma (3–2, 2–0) seems to have righted a season that started 1–2, while Texas (2–3, 0–2), has now lost three games in a row. It was a grind it out game in the first half, as the Sooners went into the locker room leading 14–13. Baker Mayfield threw interceptions on back-to-back drives, limiting Oklahoma’s scoring opportunities.
As seems to be the norm in the Big 12, this season, both teams came out firing in the second. Perine capped off a 13 play, 93 yard drive early in the fourth to give Oklahoma a 42–27 lead. Texas wasn’t finished, however, as Shane Buechele (19/36, 245, 3td) and D’Onta Foreman (159yd, 2td) did everything they could to get the Longhorns back in the game. A 22 yard Foreman scamper put the score at 45–40 with 1:45 left, and a Sooner three and out gave Texas one final chance. The Longhorns last-chance effort came on a multi-lateral attempt that the Sooners snuffed out.
Welcome back, Baker Mayfield. For the second game in a row, Mayfield looked like the Heisman hopeful from last season. Mayfield finished with 390 yards and three touchdowns, also rushing for 20 yards and touchdown. Mayfield overcame two early interceptions to get the Sooner offense rolling in the second half.
Oklahoma State 38 — Iowa State 31
With less than six minutes remaining in the third quarter, Oklahoma State found themselves trailing, at home, 31–14. A 35 yard touchdown pass to James Washington made it 31–21, followed by an Iowa State (1–5, 0–3) fumble and quick score, pulled the Cowboys (4–2, 2–1) to within three nine seconds into the fourth quarter.
For the second straight week, the Cyclones had a double-digit lead evaporate in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Joel Lanning, finished with 190 yards through the air and 67 yards on the ground for the Cyclones, engineering two scoring drives in the third quarter, to force the 17 point lead. From then on, however, the Cowboy defense held Iowa State to only 33 yards on 18 plays.
Oklahoma State quarterback, Mason Rudolph, was not sharp in the first half, but picked it up just enough to engineer his seventh come from behind win in his career. Rudolph finished 26/44 with 351 yards passing and four touchdowns, finding Washington twice, including the eventual game-winning touchdown with 3:40 remaining.
James Washington had another stellar performance. The wideout finished with 8 catches, 152 yards and two touchdowns, both in the second half. Washington also set up another score on a 16 yard reverse. It was a great showing for the Cowboy who was questionable heading into the game, after being removed from last week’s game due to concussion precautions.