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Sooners roll over Kansas State to get back on track

By DAVE SKRETTA , AP Sports Writer Published: October 29, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles helped No. 11 Oklahoma get back on track and spoil 10th-ranked Kansas State's dream season.

Jones threw for a school-record 505 yards and five touchdowns, his All-American wide receiver caught 14 passes for 171 yards and a score, and the Sooners bounced back from a stunning defeat to beat the previously unbeaten Wildcats 58-17 Saturday.

Kenny Stills added four catches for 101 yards, Roy Finch finished with 73 yards rushing and another 69 through the air, and the Sooners' potent, fast-paced attack managed 690 yards of total offense against the league's top-ranked defense.

Jones' passing total shattered the previous record of 468 yards he shared with Sam Bradford, while Broyles moved into first place on the Big 12's career list with 4,499 yards receiving.

It wasn't all good for Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1).

Leading rusher Dominique Whaley was hurt while blocking on the first play of the game. The Oklahoma medical staff put an air cast around his lower left leg and he was removed from the field on a cart. He later returned to the sideline on crutches, but the extent of the injury was unknown.

Little else went wrong, though, one week after everything did.

Their national championship hopes dashed by Texas Tech — along with their 39-game home winning streak — the Sooners were out to spoil the same hopes harbored by the Wildcats (7-1, 4-1). They were off to their best start since 1999, after being picked to finish near the bottom of the Big 12.

Relying on a smoke-and-mirrors offense that had been consistently out-gained all season, Kansas State still managed to climb into the top 10 by taking care of the ball, protecting the quarterback, making sure tackles and not getting called for penalties.

Well, that all changed against Oklahoma's relentless pressure.

Collin Klein was sacked seven times, the Wildcats were penalized an uncharacteristic five times, normally reliable kicker Anthony Cantele missed a chip-shot field goal and a defense that had been assignment sound all season crumbled against Oklahoma's onslaught.

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