Saturday was the day that Oklahoma’s football reality check came in a rather harsh way. As it turns out, having such a young team can actually be a blessing and a curse. The young Sooners showed a tone of promise but also a complete lack of poise as their three-touchdown lead dwindled away to a 3-point loss.
The loss not only severely damaged OU’s playoff hopes but it also brought the following streaks to a screeching halt. More information regarding each of the streaks can be founr in the game notes.
- Consecutive wins in Big 12 openers.
- Consecutive seasons without back-to-back losses to Kansas State.
- Consecutive seasons without having a punt blocked.
- Consecutive games won when leading after the third quarter.
• Oklahoma lost its Big 12 opener for the first time since 2012 (24-19 defeat to Kansas State). Prior to today, OU had won seven straight Big 12 openers and 11 of the previous 12.
• OU has lost consecutive games against Kansas State for the first time since the 1996-97 seasons. This marks the first time the Sooners have been beaten by the same program in consecutive years since the 2013-14 seasons (Baylor).
• Oklahoma outgained Kansas State by 115 yards (517-402) in the game and registered 28 first downs to K-State’s 10.
• Kansas State converted just two of its 11 third downs. Through two games this season, OU opponents are 2 for 22 on third downs.
• The Sooners have scored at least 28 points in 54 consecutive games, the longest such streak in the nation.
• Oklahoma had a punt blocked for the first time in nearly seven seasons (Dec. 7, 2013, vs. Oklahoma State).
• Entering Saturday’s contest, OU had won 53 straight games when leading after the third quarter. The Sooners led 35-21 today through three quarters but were outscored 17-0 in the fourth.
• Spencer Rattler was 30 of 41 passing for a career-high 387 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. It was his first career 300-yard passing game.
• Rattler became only the third OU quarterback to throw eight touchdown passes in his first two career starts (also Josh Heupel in 1999 and Sam Bradford in 2007).
• Oklahoma’s freshman running back scored his second career rushing touchdown on a 5-yard play in the third quarter. He led the Sooners with 13 carries for 73 yards (5.6 average) and the touchdown.
• Made an 11-yard touchdown reception from Rattler on his first catch of the game. His first grab of the season opener against Missouri State also resulted in a touchdown.
• Also caught a 9-yard TD pass from Rattler in the second quarter. It was his third touchdown in his first six quarters. The last Sooner to record three TD receptions in his first two career games was redshirt freshman Ryan Broyles in 2008.
• Recorded his first career touchdown reception on a 32-yard hookup with Rattler in the second quarter. He finished the game with three catches for a career-high 93 yards. He had 111 career receiving yards entering the game.
• Registered career highs of five receptions and 83 yards in the game. He totaled seven receptions and 66 receiving yards in all of 2019.
• Recorded a team-high seven tackles.
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