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Oklahoma's rout of Kansas State could change perceptions about the Sooners

OU 58, KANSAS STATE 17 — The Oklahoma Sooners buried previously unbeaten Kansas State in a barrage of impressive scores and statistics.
BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, Published: October 29, 2011

“We wanted to come out and handle business. We did that.”

Here's the thing about the five touchdowns in five possessions: They were scored by five different players. Playmakers were abound.

Ryan Broyles hauled in a 29-yard score, one of his 14 catches that resulted in 171 yards. 30-17.

Jaz Reynolds then had a one-handed 8-yard touchdown, his second score of the game. 37-17.

Finch, carrying the ball more in place of the injured Dominique Whaley (fractured ankle), then had a 31-yard run to the end zone. 44-17.

No. 2 tight end Trent Ratterree then had a 12-yard scoring reception, the fifth touchdown pass of the day for Landry Jones. Jones, the junior, rallied from two early interceptions to throw for an OU-record 505 yards. He also set the school's career touchdowns mark, passing Sam Bradford. 51-17.

Trey Millard was the next – and last – to score, running for a 61-yard touchdown while getting a carry at tailback. His previous long run this season was 14 yards. 58-17.

That's how a game shifts, dramatically. In a span of 18 minutes, 57 seconds, a six-point lead became 41. And the Sooners couldn't get enough, not after what happened to them a week ago.

Oklahoma outgained Kansas State, 690-240.

“We know what we're capable of when we're executing,” co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Jay Norvell said. “A lot of that is just throwing, catching and making plays.”

This figured to be a good matchup for Oklahoma, its speed against the plodding style of Kansas State. And it was a good matchup, eventually.

The victory did nothing to change what the Sooners were already saying: They still believe the national title hopes are not shot.

“We've got to win out,” senior linebacker Travis Lewis said. “There's no secret that we've got to win.

“When we put a complete ballgame together, we're very tough to stop. The goals haven't changed.”