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Sloppy Sooners rout Bears
By TIMES WIRES
Published November 19, 2006
WACO, Texas - No. 16 Oklahoma overcame five turnovers Saturday to beat Baylor 36-10, its sixth consecutive win.
"There's a bunch of young guys that are moving the football in a good way," coach Bob Stoops said. "If we can learn to finish with two hands and not let the ball go, we'll be in great shape."
Oklahoma has won all 16 games against Baylor in a series that dates to 1901.
The Sooners' Paul Thompson threw a 10-yard touchdown to Joe Jon Finley with 5:23 left in the first quarter. During the drive, Malcolm Kelly had two third-down catches. On the second, the sophomore cut across the middle and reached back for a one-handed grab of a pass thrown behind him.
Two plays after the score, Reggie Smith returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown.
It almost became 20-3 late in the first quarter when Kelly was running down the sideline after a catch. But he dropped the ball trying to fend off a defender, one of Oklahoma's four fumbles.
"I guess it's a good day because of a win," Kelly said. "But we need more self-discipline; securing the ball more than anything."
Kelly's next catch, a 21-yard touchdown, capped the Sooners' first second-half possession and made it 20-3. Then after Alonzo Dotson sacked Blake Szymanski for a safety, Juaquin Iglesias returned the ensuing free kick 88 yards to make it 36-3 with 5:30 left in the third.
TEXAS TECH 30, OKLAHOMA ST. 24: Graham Harrell threw for 353 yards and two touchdowns for the host Red Raiders, who rallied from an early 17-0 deficit by scoring on five consecutive possessions.
On the final first-half series, Harrell was 5-of-6 for 54 yards, including an 8-yarder to Robert Johnson that made it 17-10.
The Cowboys recovered their fumble on the second-half kickoff then went three-and-out. Starting at the Cowboys 38, Harrell hit Joel Filani for 14 yards and Johnson for a 24-yard score. After another punt, Tech drove 76 yards in five plays and 1:26, capped by Shannon Woods' 1-yard run.
The Cowboys reached the Raiders 17 in the final minute, but Bobby Reid threw incomplete into the end zone as time expired.
IOWA ST. 21, MISSOURI 16: Ryan Kock ran for 179 yards and two touchdowns and the host Cyclones held on fourth and goal with 21 seconds left. Up by five, Iowa State reached the Missouri 11 with 3:40 left, but Bret Culberson missed a 28-yard field goal.
Missouri converted a fourth and 1 near midfield then reached the 9 on catches of 23 and 17 yards by Tommy Saunders. Quarterback Chase Daniel's 1-yard scoring run on fourth and goal was nullified by holding. Shawn Moorehead's sack then ended it.
KANSAS 39, KANSAS ST. 20: Jon Cornish ran for 201 yards for the host Jayhawks, who took advantage of six turnovers to become bowl eligible in consecutive seasons for the first time.
Cornish had touchdown runs of 13 yards after Aqib Talib's interception in the first quarter and 12 after Wayne Wilder's fumble recovery in the fourth.
Late in the first half, Kansas' James McClinton knocked the ball out of quarterback Josh Freeman's hands, and Russell Brorsen recovered in the end zone for a 20-10 lead. And Anthony Webb returned an interception 42 yards to make it 33-20 with 7:57 left.
Wildcats freshman defensive back Joshua Moore left the field on a cart in the third after colliding with teammate Chris Carney. He moved his left leg while being attended to, but his status is unknown.