OU played abysmally in the first 15 minutes. Iowa State had more plays (24-9), more yards (123-25) and more first downs 7-1. All that while the Cyclones were facing a stiff south wind that was a virtual wall for high punts or long passes. The only saving grace? The Sooners got out of the quarter tied 0-0, though Iowa State finished off a touchdown drive three plays into the second quarter.
TIGHT ENDS: A
The Sooners used at least one tight end on 39 of their 67 snaps. To spectacular results. All four touchdown runs (70, 63, 56 and 19 yards) came with a tight end formation, and Kendal Thompson threw a three-yard TD pass to tight end Aaron Ripkowski.
THIRD-AND-LONG DEFENSE: B
Against a pass-challenged offense like Iowa State's, third-and-long should be almost automatic for a defense. But in the first quarter, the Cyclones converted a 3rd-and-8 and a 3rd-and-16 with Rohach passes. The latter led to ISU's only touchdown. But thereafter, the Cyclones didn't sniff a first down on seven third-and-longs.