• Benefit for former Sooners star Rickey Dixon raises more than $7,000

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 19 min ago

    The Saturday night autograph session benefitting former Sooners star Rickey Dixon raised more than $7,000, organizers said Sunday. Dixon, who was among the players from the 1985 national championship team that was honored at halftime Saturday, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) two years ago. He recently made the battle with the disease public. A GoFundMe page set up recently to raise money for Dixon had nearly reached its $10,000 goal Sunday night. Dixon’s wife, Lorraine Dixon, posted a message on the site Saturday night. “I cannot let another day go by without stopping to thank everyone for your support for Rickey and my family,” the message said.

  • Big 12 rankings: TCU ranks ahead of OU, OSU

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Time for our weekly Big 12 rankings. Remember, this isn’t a prediction. This is a rating of a team’s resume’. For instance, Baylor currently would have no chance to rate high with the College Football Playoff committee. Later, sure. Now, no way. 1. TCU (5-0, 2-0): Why the Horned Frogs over Baylor? Easy. TCU has two road wins; Baylor has zero. TCU has three wins over major-conference foes; Baylor has one. Baylor’s one is Texas Tech, on a neutral field. TCU won in Lubbock. 2. Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0): the Sooners have beaten two solid teams in Tennessee and West Virginia, though collectively the Vols and Mountaineers haven’t beaten a series of behemoths. WVU beat Maryland. Tennessee beat

  • Oklahoma returns to top-10 in both coach, media rankings

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Oklahoma is back in the top-10 of both major college football polls. The Sooners came in at No. 9 in the latest coaches’ poll and 10th in the Associated Press media poll, both released Sunday. OU rose five spots in both polls following its 44-24 victory Saturday over West Virginia on Owen Field. Oklahoma State, meanwhile, remained ranked No. 19 in the coaches’ poll and fell one spot to No. 21 in the AP poll. The Cowboys needed a rally to beat unranked Kansas State at home Saturday. The Sooners return to action next Saturday morning against Texas in the annual Red River game in Dallas’ Cotton Bowl. Oklahoma State travels to Morgantown, W.Va., to face West Virginia.

  • OSU Report Card: Jenni Carlson's grades from the Cowboys' win against Kansas State

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    A dramatic 36-34 victory against Kansas State had its rocky moments, but you don't knock off a Bill Snyder-coached team without having some good performances. The grades reflect that. Mason Rudolph: A What a stellar bounce back for the Cowboy quarterback. A week after hand numbness and his first serious struggles as the starter, Rudolph was 34 of 55 for 437 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. And that pick went off the hands of his receiver, so it was a ball that definitely could've been caught. What's more, when the pressure was really on, Rudolph was rock solid. He was 3 of 3 on the Cowboys' game-winning drive, including a huge 19-yard completion to Marcell Ateman on a must-have fourth-down conversion.

  • OU Report Card: Berry Tramel's grades from the Sooners' win over West Virginia

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    The Sooners were dominant early and late, with some shaky moments in the middle. It all resulted in a 44-24 victory over West Virginia, and the grades reflect a mostly excellent performance. Receivers: A Sterling Shepard hasn't had a ton of help this season. That changed Saturday. West Virginia played a pressurized defense, trying to get to quarterback Baker Mayfield and daring the OU receivers to win one-on-one duels. The receivers came through. DeDe Westbrook and Michiah Quick made tough catches in traffic. Mark Andrews made a leaping catch for a 17-yard touchdown. Shepard made a sizzling cut to get wide open on what became a 28-yard TD catch. There were few complaints. Jeffrey Mead failed to hold a Mayfield bullet that was

  • OSU Football: Ben Grogan delivers a second straight winning kick to down Kansas State

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    STILLWATER – Mike Gundy doesn't get Ben Grogan. Truth be told, the Oklahoma State coach has never really been able to figure out kickers in his three decades coaching college football. What makes them tick? How they do what they do? He can't get a handle on any of it. Why would Grogan be any different? “Ben just goes out and does what he does,” Gundy said. And what Grogan does is make big-time kicks. When the pressure is highest, when the stakes are biggest, he is a cold-blooded assassin. That's how it was again Saturday. On an afternoon that OSU defeated Kansas State 36-34, it was Grogan's 37-yard field goal in the final minute that provided the margin of victory. It was his second game-winner

  • OSU football: Mason Rudolph sets career marks, lifts No. 20 Cowboys past Kansas State, 36-34

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 19 hr ago

    STILLWATER — Ben Grogan made a 37-yard field goal with 32 seconds remaining to lift No. 20 Oklahoma State past Kansas State, 36-34 on Saturday. Grogan rebounded to make the winner after having an extra-point blocked. Last week, he made field goals from 41 and 40 yards in the final 1:33 to give the Cowboys (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) a 30-27 victory at Texas. After the Wildcats (3-1, 0-1) built a 28-13 lead late in the second quarter, the Cowboys rallied to take a 33-28 lead on quarterback Mason Rudolph's 3-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Sheperd with 6:06 to go. Joe Hubener scored on an 8-yard run — capping a 94-yard drive — to give K-State a 34-33 advantage with 3:01 left.

  • OSU football: A look at the Cowboys' 36-34 win over Kansas State by the numbers

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    Here is a look at Oklahoma State's 36-34 win over Kansas State by the numbers: 3: Consecutive Big 12 games that have been won by the Cowboys on a Ben Grogan field goal. 4: 5-0 starts for Oklahoma State under Mike Gundy. In the 103 seasons of football before Gundy became coach in 2005, the Cowboys only had seven 5-0 starts. 5: Consecutive home victories against K-State. The Wildcats haven't won in Stillwater since 1999. 19: Points that are the combined margin of victory in those five OSU victories (38-34 in 2003; 41-39 in 2007; 52-45 in 2011; 33-29 in 2013; and 36-34 on Saturday). 49-1: Kansas State's record in its last 50 games when leading at halftime.

  • OSU football notebook: Quarterback change doesn't hamper Kansas State

    By John Helsley Staff Writer JHelsley@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    Kody Cook had done this before, shifting from wide receiver to quarterback to produce an inspiring performance. Back at community college. Three years ago. Now a fifth-year, former walk-on receiver for Kansas State, Cook moved back behind center Saturday when starter Joe Hubener was knocked out on the opening possession in Oklahoma State's eventual 36-34 victory. And he looked right at home, even though he hadn't thrown a pass in a game since the Salt City Bowl in 2012. It was similar back then, too, though, as Cook threw for five touchdowns and ran for another after moving over from receiver for Hutchinson Community College. It didn't go quite as well Saturday, with the Oklahoma State defense eventually

  • OSU football: Cowboys defense goes from imposters in 1st half to imposing its will in 2nd half vs. K-State

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's defense went from looking like imposters in the first half Saturday, to imposing its will in the second half. The difference? Simple. Really. So the Cowboys said, after a rallying 36-34 win over Kansas State that saw the OSU defense mostly dominate the final two quarters, after surrendering 28 points to a Wildcats' offense down to its fifth-string quarterback. “We came out, made our corrections and got the win,” said Cowboys safety Jordan Sterns. Yeah, but what corrections? What adjustments? What chalkboard magic? “It wasn't major,” said defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “It was just, ‘You've got to execute.' “Every week it's about matchups.

  • Four-star CB commits to Sooners

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Just hours after Oklahoma's 44-24 win over West Virginia, the Sooners picked up another victory — getting a commitment from four-star cornerback Jordan Parker. The Pittsburg, Calif., product announced his decision on Twitter after recently saying he would wait until Nov. 1 to make his decision. Parker (5-foot-11, 184 pounds) is Oklahoma's 11th commitment in the 2016 class and the second from California. He had recently visited Arizona State and Tennessee and in addition to those had a long list of offers that also included UCLA and USC. The Sooners now have three cornerback commits. Rivals.com ranks Parker the No. 10 cornerback in the country and the No. 108 player overall in the 2016

  • OSU football Q&A: LB Chad Whitener is leading Cowboy tackler in 36-34 victory over Kansas State

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State sophomore Chad Whitener filled in for injured senior Ryan Simmons at middle linebacker in Saturday's 36-34 victory against Kansas State. Whitener, a California transfer and former walk-on put on scholarship during fall camp, tallied a team-high nine tackles, including three for loss, to go along with two sacks. Whitener discussed his performance in an interview with The Oklahoman following the game. Q: What was the key to your-team leading nine tackles? A: I had no idea about the tackle total. I'm happy I got to step in and help this team win. That's the biggest thing. I'm just a cog in the rest of the team. They're the reason I got the tackles.

  • OU football: No. 15 Sooners' defense delivers in 44-24 win over No. 23 West Virginia

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@oklahoman.com | Updated: 21 hr ago

    NORMAN — Baker Mayfield passed for 320 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 15 Oklahoma defeated No. 23 West Virginia 44-24 Saturday in the Big 12 opener for both teams. Dede Westbrook caught five passes for a 107 yards and Durron Neal had 87 yards receiving for the Sooners (4-0, 1-0 Big 12). Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker had 13 tackles, including two sacks and three tackles for loss. He forced a fumble in the fourth quarter that Jordan Evans returned 41 yards for a touchdown. Jordan Thomas intercepted two passes for the Sooners. The Sooners sacked West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard seven times, and he lost two fumbles. West Virginia had committed just two turnovers in its first three games, but had five on

  • OU football: Much-maligned officiating crew calls 23 total penalties on Sooners, Mountaineers

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    NORMAN — Late in Saturday's 44-24 Oklahoma win over West Virginia, Sooners center Ty Darlington looked across at West Virginia defensive tackle Nick Rose and both shook their heads. “What is an illegal wedge?” they asked each other. The unusual penalty against Oklahoma on a late third-quarter kickoff was one of several that left not only Darlington and Rose, but plenty of others, shaking their heads. The teams combined to be flagged for 23 penalties and 245 yards. On one drive in the second quarter, the Sooners were flagged four times for 45 yards.

  • Lawton product Mike Warren has record-setting day for Iowa State

    Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    Iowa State running back Mike Warren, a former Lawton High standout, set a school record for rushing yards in a game by a freshman with 175 in Saturday's 38-13 win over Kansas. Warren also scored two touchdowns and became the first Iowa State freshman to rush for over 100 yards in consecutive games. He rushed for 126 yards in the Cyclones' last game, a 30-23 overtime loss to Toledo on Sept. 19. Warren was a first-team member of The Oklahoman's 2013 All-State football team after rushing for 2,512 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior at Class 6A Lawton.

  • OU football: A look at the Sooners' win over West Virginia by the numbers

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    Here is a look at Oklahoma's 44-24 victory over West Virginia by the numbers: 3: Interceptions by OU players named Thomas -- two by Jordan, one by Ahmad. 4.4: Yards per carry for West Virginia tailbacks Wendell Smallwood and Rushel Shell. 4.9: Yards per carry for OU tailbacks Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon. 7: Sacks for OU, its most since getting seven against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl two seasons ago. 7.4: Yards per play for OU, which had 427 total yards despite just 58 offensive snaps. 8: Tackles each by Zack Sanchez and Charles Tapper, career highs for both. 12.8: Yards per pass for Baker Mayfield. 24: First-half points for OU. West Virginia had given up 23 points all season, in its 3-0

  • OU football: Offensive aggression pays off for Sooners in 44-24 win over West Virginia

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    NORMAN — Durron Neal saw the signal from Baker Mayfield and knew the Mountaineers would be ready to pounce. West Virginia had the momentum, the field position and the ballplayers required to turn this top-25 showdown on its head. But the Sooners had a play in their hip pocket and the aggressive attitude to use it. The latter is more important. Mayfield pump-faked a quick screen to DeDe Westbrook, and every Mountaineer defensive back on this side of the Mississippi bit. West Virginia plays defense without a safety net. Lots of blitzes, lots of man-to-man coverage, lots of dice-rolling. On this play, the Mountaineers needed the net. Safety KJ Dillon darted up on Mayfield's fake, Neal ran right past him and sprinted into

  • OU Football: Michiah Quick gets Sooners, himself off to good start

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

      Michiah Quick had been quiet on the offensive end during Oklahoma's first three games. But Quick quickly made an impact in Saturday's 44-24 win over West Virginia, with a pair of long receptions on back-to-back plays on the Sooners' first scoring drive of the game. Quick picked up 34 yards on the first one and then Baker Mayfield looked his way again, finding Quick on the sidelines for a 23-yard gain. “These guys earn their time the way they practice — showing us in practice, their making catches,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. “Michiah's a really talented guy. It's just continuing to grow and mature and make competitive, tough plays and it was really encouraging to see him make some of those today.

  • OU football: Sooners' Jordan Thomas returns from suspension, corrals 2 INTs vs. West Virginia

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma sophomore cornerback Jordan Thomas returned to the starting lineup Saturday against West Virginia following a one-game suspension. Thomas made a huge impact in the Sooners' 44-24 win, intercepting two passes and breaking up another. He spent most of the game cover WVU's Shelton Gibson, the Mountaineers' leading receiver who had four touchdowns entering Saturday's game. After the game, Thomas spoke to reporters. Q: How did you approach practice over the last two weeks since your suspension? A: When I came to practice, I was dialed in 100 percent. Even when we had time to jump around and have a little fun, I was still focused. I was coming off a missed game.

  • Oklahoma football: Two bold predictions about OU-West Virginia

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    NORMAN — This is the third and final pregame blog from OU beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. Here are two bold predictions for this morning’s game against West Virginia. ABER: The Sooners will run for less than 200 yards and pass for less than 300 — and win. Oklahoma won't be able to gash West Virginia's defense on the ground like they did last season in Samaje Perine's breakout game and Baker Mayfield won't be able to sling the ball all over the field against the Mountaineers' sturdy secondary. But that won't matter. Mayfield and Perine will each make plenty of plays and the Sooners will squeak out a win at home. KERSEY: Samaje Perine has another big game on the ground against West Virginia