Baker Mayfield continues to rewrite the Oklahoma Sooners record books. In the first quarter, the signal caller threw two touchdown passes. The effort marks the 18th consecutive game of 2+ TD passes for the quarterback which eclipses Sam Bradford. Not only is it a school record but it’s also a Big 12 Conference record. However, more impressive feature may be the impact of the true freshman.
On the opening drive, freshman Trey Sermon found a seam. Securing the catch, the running back crossed the goal line for the first score of the afternoon. Behind him, freshman Ceedee Lamb’s second effort in the red zone pushed The lead to 14-0 in the first quarter.
On the other side of the equation, Iowa State looked over matched without Jacob Park available. The starting quarterback did not travel to Norman with the team due to personal reasons. In his place, a former walk-on took the field. Yet, the most interesting storyline came from Joel Lanning in the red zone.
The linebacker stepped in at QB effectively playing both sides of the ball for the Cyclones in Norman. The decision not only put points on the board but gave ISU a different look offensively. Continuing to use both options, Iowa State racked up nearly 200 yards and 13 points in the first half without their starting quarterback.
To open the second half, execution could not have been worse for the Sooners. Allowing a field goal followed by a lost fumble, the OU defense crumbled. The result was 14 unanswered points and a tie ball game in Gaylord Memorial Stadium.
Trading blows back and forth, it appeared as if the team with the ball last would win. Unfortunately that would not be the case. The Cyclones scored a touchdown with under two minutes in regulation. Attempting to capitalize on the remaining opportunities, the OU offense took the field.
Unable to even the score, the Sooners fall in the waning moments by a final of 38-31. TCU remains the only unbeaten in the conference at this point and in control of their own destiny.