Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Football Game Notes | Bonitto Sets A New Program Record

M. Hofeld

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Oklahoma has now been road tested. After opening the season with four consecutive games at home the Sooners were on the road for the first time when they visited Manhattan to take on the Kansas State Wildcats. The end result was OU’s fifth win of the season and while the defense did allow the second most points this season they weren’t without a share of big plays either. One such play happened on the game’s opening possession and it resulted in a new program record.

On Kansas State’s opening drive Reggie Grimes forced a fumble from Wildcat running back Jacardia Wright. Nik Bonitto scooped up the loose ball and returned it 70 yards to the Kansas State 19-yard line. It was the longest fumble return in program history by one yard. In 2001 Cory Heinecke returned a fumble 69 yards for a touchdown against Air Force.

Game Notes

• Saturday’s win was the Sooners’ 13th straight, good for the second-longest streak in the country.
• The win over Kansas State marks the 50th in 58 games in the head coaching career of Lincoln Riley. Only Barry Switzer (56) and Bud Wilkinson (57) reached 50 victories at OU faster than 58 games.
• Oklahoma has won 27 of its last 29 true road games. The Sooners have scored at least 30 points in each of their last 34 true road games. That’s good for the longest streak nationally since at least 1980 (next-longest is 19 by Northern Illinois).
• Since the start of the 2012 season, Oklahoma is 44-8 in regular season games away from home.
• With Oklahoma’s win, the road team in the OU-Kansas State series has won eight of the last 11 meetings.
• Oklahoma scored on each of its three possessions in the first half and gained 125 of its 141 first-half yards in the second quarter.
• The Sooners scored points on each of their first five possessions and in seven of their eight possessions in the game. For the second time this season (also in the opener vs. Tulane), they did not punt.
• OU has registered at least one takeaway in 12 straight games and is plus-14 in turnover margin during that span.
• OU’s defense has allowed 100 or fewer rushing yards in all five contests this season and 11 times in 16 games since the start of the 2020 season (allowed 100 rushing yards today).
• The Sooners held Kansas State’s Deuce Vaughn to 51 rushing yards on 15 carries (he entered the game averaging 98.3 yards per game this season).

• Oklahoma gained 308 of its 392 total yards in the second and third quarters and outscored K-State 24-10 in those two periods.
• Oklahoma has outscored foes 61-6 in second quarters through five games this season (KSU scored three points).
• Kansas State converted 8 of 15 third downs (53%), the first time in 13 games an OU opponent converted more than 50% of third downs (the Sooners had held their previous 12 opponents below a 50% conversion rate).
• Nine Sooners caught at least one pass in the game. At least nine receivers have caught a pass in each of OU’s five games this season.

Spencer Rattler

• Completed 22 of 25 passes (88%) for 243 yards and two touchdowns with one interception (188.0 passer rating) and rushed eight times for 24 yards. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in all 16 of his career starts.
• Completed nine consecutive passes spanning the second and third quarters (including all eight of his attempts in the second quarter).

Kennedy Brooks

• Scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season on a 4-yard play on OU’s first possession of the second half. It was his 22nd career rushing TD.
• Notched season highs of 15 carries and 91 rushing yards (6.1 average) and a touchdown.

Gabe Brkic

• Made field goals of 41, 27 and 47 yards in the game. The 41- and 47-yarders were his 16th and 17th career make of at least 40 yards, extending his school-leading mark. He is now 11 for 13 on field goals this season.
• Made all four of his PAT attempts in the game. He is 18 for 18 on PATs this season and 120 of 120 on PATs in his career.
• Has made at least two field goals three times this season, and in 10 of his last 12 games dating back to last season’s contest vs. TCU. He has made at least three field goals in seven career games.

Nik Bonitto

• His 70-yard first-quarter fumble return set a record for longest in program history. The previous record of 69 yards was held by defensive end Cory Heinecke (for a touchdown) and set at Air Force on Sept. 1, 2001.
• The fumble recovery was the second of his career (his first came in this year’s opener against Tulane).
• Notched four tackles in the game (two for loss). He now has 5.5 TFLs this season and 22.5 for his career, including 15.5 TFLs since the start of last season.

Pat Fields

• Was credited with a game-high nine tackles and a pass breakup. It was his third straight game with nine total tackles.

Jeremiah Hall

• Scored his first career rushing touchdown on a 4-yard play in the second quarter. Added a TD reception on a 1-yard play in the fourth quarter. He now has 11 career touchdowns (10 receiving and one rushing).

Full Game Notes (SoonerSports.com)

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