Kansas State Stuns No. 3 Oklahoma 38-35 in Norman, Jeopardizing Lincoln Riley's Playoff Hopes

By 11W Staff on September 26, 2020 at 4:05 pm
Kansas State shocked the Sooners in Norman.
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Lincoln Riley and the Sooners came into the season as one of the favorites to make the College Football Playoff just like they've done in each of the last three seasons. The Longhorns appear to be the stiffest competition in the Big12, but the conference has been dominated by Oklahoma of late. 

The Sooners came into their second game as a four-touchdown favorite against a Kansas State squad that lost its opener at home against mighty Arkansas State. To make matters worse for the Wildcats, seven players were held out of this contest due to COVID-19 concerns. 

Spencer Rattler had Oklahoma up by 21 points with five minutes left in the third quarter. Alex Grinch's defense and some OU turnovers then allowed the Wildcats to storm back with 24 unanswered points, including a game-winning 50-yard Blake Lynch field goal with two minutes left on the clock. 

Rattler had the chance to drive down the field and tie things up or take the lead, but Lincoln Riley's new starter tossed his third interception to help give the Wildcats a major upset on the road. It's the second-straight season that K-State has upset the Sooners.

Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson threw for 334 yards and totaled four touchdowns on the day. True freshman tailback Deuce Vaughn added 174 all-purpose yards and a score of his own. Oklahoma turned the ball over four times compared to zero for the Wildcats.

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