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Big 12: Sooners smother Cyclones

©Associated Press
October 20, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma delivered a brutal blow of reality to Iowa State.

Quentin Griffin and Kejuan Jones each ran for two touchdowns and Oklahoma set back Seneca Wallace's Heisman Trophy hopes in beating the Cyclones 49-3 Saturday.

Oklahoma outgained Iowa State 225-4 in building a 35-0 halftime lead against a team that had 432 yards and 39 points per game.

"It never seemed it would end," coach Dan McCarney said. "We could never get in synch. We couldn't get any first downs. We couldn't get our defense off the field."

Iowa State, in the Top 10 for the first time, had enjoyed a dream season until running into a quick, swarming Oklahoma defense that frustrated the Cyclones at every turn.

They fell to 1-35-1 against Oklahoma since 1962 and are 0-47-2 against teams ranked in the Top 5.

The Sooners were so tough Iowa State couldn't score after recovering a fumble at the Sooners 1 late in the first half.

Wallace, who emerged as a leading contender for the Heisman with sharp passing and elusive running, had trouble with a wet football, bouncing throws short of receivers and overthrowing them on other plays.

Though he often had a lot of time to throw, Wallace didn't complete his second pass until the 13:00 mark of the third and finished 4-for-22 for 43 yards and three interceptions.

In the first half, Wallace was 1-for-12 for 0 yards and two interceptions. Those numbers won't help his Heisman hopes, but Wallace said he didn't care.

"I don't give a hoot about the Heisman," he said. "If it damages it, it damages it. Who cares? Move on to the next game."

Iowa State had 60 total yards, the fourth lowest in school history and fewest since getting 53 in a 44-0 loss to Nebraska in 1984.

"We just may be hitting our stride at the right time," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. "I hope that's the case. I know we have a lot confidence right now."

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COLORADO 34, BAYLOR 0: Chris Brown rushed for 167 yards and three first-half touchdowns before leaving with a sprained ankle for the host Buffaloes.

Brown, the nation's leading rusher, boosted his per-game average slightly to 164.9 yards as Colorado won its fourth straight. Baylor had 251 yards, compared with Colorado's 395, and crossed midfield only three times.

It was Brown's fourth consecutive 100-yard game and fifth of the season, coming a week after he gained 309 against Kansas.

The Bears had two scoring threats in the final five minutes, but third-string quarterback Josh Zachry fumbled at the Colorado 20 with 4:55 left and threw incomplete in the end zone on the final play.

Robert Hodge completed 13-of-16 passes for 125 yards and scrambled 34 for a touchdown.

Baylor, 0-15 against ranked teams since 1998, entered ranked 116th in the nation -- next to last -- in turnover margin at minus-14. The Bears were minus-2 Saturday.

TEXAS 17, KANSAS ST. 14: Dusty Mangum kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:32 left, then Marcus Tubbs blocked host Kansas State's 36-yard attempt with .07 left. B.J. Johnson caught four passes for 132 yards and a TD for Texas, which rebounded after last weekend's 35-24 loss to Oklahoma. Kansas State dropped to 2-23 in games against Top 10 teams under coach Bill Snyder.

Darren Sproles had his third straight 100-yard rushing game for the Wildcats with 136 yards on 20 carries. Chris Simms, who had three passes intercepted against Oklahoma, completed 13-of-25 for 184 yards, had two TDs and one interception.

TEXAS TECH 52, MISSOURI 38: Kliff Kingsbury completed 49-of-70 for 510 yards and five touchdowns for the host Red Raiders. Kingsbury topped his school records for completions, attempts and yards and became the 20th passer in Division I-A history to reach 10,000 career yards. He entered needing 182 yards to become the first Red Raiders quarterback with 10,000.

Missouri's Justin Gage, who entered averaging eight catches and led the Big 12 with 49, caught five for 114 yards and two TDs. Brad Smith finished 20-for-32 for 275 yards and three touchdowns.

OKLAHOMA ST. 24, NEBRASKA 21: The visiting Cornhuskers lost to Oklahoma State for the first time since 1961 as Josh Fields threw two touchdowns and ran for another. Fields passed for 192 yards and Tatum Bell added a career-high 182 yards rushing.

Oklahoma State fans tore down both goal posts as the Cowboys ended a 24-game losing and 35-game winless streak against the Huskers. There was a tie in 1973.

Nebraska, which tumbled out of the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1981 weeks ago, has lost three of its past five and has dropped five straight on the road dating to last season.

Nebraska led 7-3 at the half, but the Cowboys went up 17-7 on a 3-yard TD run by Fields and his 5-yard scoring pass to Rashaun Woods. Woods finished with 11 catches for 134 yards.

TEXAS A&M 47, KANSAS 22: Dustin Long threw a school-record 399 yards and three TDs for the visiting Aggies. Derek Farmer added two TDs and 111 yards rushing on 21 carries. Bill Whittemore threw two second-half TDs for the Jayhawks, who were outgained 566-289.

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