Oklahoma defeated Iowa State in the Sooners final home game of the 2011 season, 26-6. The next game sends Oklahoma to Stillwater to battle the Oklahoma State Cowboys for the Big 12 Championship.
The win, while not pretty, was enough to get No. 9 Oklahoma to nine wins for the season. Oklahoma was only able to account for two touchdowns in the game as the Cyclones and a hard, driving wind kept the Sooners in check. Backup quarterback Blake Bell continued to be the Sooners only reliable red zone weapon, running in for two touchdowns in the game, giving him nine for the year. However, unlike the past few games, they stopped Bell a few times as well.
“I’m not overly surprised,” head coach Bob Stoops said. “The more people watch it and the more we do it, we are going to have to adjust it. I think some of that is, the more you do it, the more you’re ready for some of the things people are going to do [defensively]. It was a little more challenging, but some of it was good too.”
Landry Jones, still struggling without Ryan Broyles to throw to, finished with 256 yards and two interceptions. He was held out of the end zone for the second straight game. The Sooners were also without Jaz Reynolds in this game and had to make do with what they had.
“You can’t replace a guy like Ryan Broyles,” said offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. “Guys, when given the opportunity to come in and play at a high level, have done well. Dejuan Miller’s attitude, his effort and his ability to make competitive plays was really good.”
Now, Oklahoma has to hope they play better against Oklahoma State in the final game of the regular season. While their chances are slim, Oklahoma State still has an outside shot at the national title game. If Oklahoma beats Oklahoma State, there could be a three-way tie for first place if Kansas State wins. Stoops sees no problem there.
If Oklahoma State wins they are the Big 12 Champion based on the best record in the division. If Oklahoma wins, they will have beaten both Oklahoma State and Kansas State, an easy tiebreaker.
“One true champion. So that’s what was trumpeted,” Stoops said. “That means if they [Oklahoma State] win, they are the champions. If we win, we are since we would have beaten K-State and them. It’s pretty simple math to me.”
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