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OU suffers worst home loss in Stoops’ era; prepares for Texas Tech

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By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,

For the first time in the Bob Stoops era at Oklahoma, the Sooners have lost consecutive home games after the 34-point drubbing Baylor handed OU last Saturday in Norman.

With the 48-14 loss to the Bears, OU fell to 6-3 overall and 3-3 in Big 12 Conference play. Baylor improved to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in league action with their first-ever win in Norman.

The Sooners finished the game with 319 yards, including 171 yards on the ground and 148 yards through the air. Oklahoma recorded 13 first downs with one turnover, and was penalized seven times for 59 yards in the game.

Running back Alex Ross was the leading rusher for OU, finishing with 72 yards on six carries. Quarterback Trevor Knight completed the day with 146 passing yards on 12 completions out of 27 attempts, with two touchdowns and one interception. Knight left the game in the third quarter after sustaining a neck injury.

Receiver Michiah Quick led Oklahoma through the air with six receptions for 94 yards and one touchdown. It was the first time this season that Sterling Shepard was not OU’s leading receiver, but the Oklahoma City native did not play in the game due to an injury he sustained the week prior against Iowa State.

Linebacker Dominique Alexander led OU in tackles with 18 on the day.

Baylor finished with 544 yards of offense in the game, including 396 passing yards and 148 on the ground. BU had 31 first downs and committed zero turnovers. The Bears were penalized seven times for 40 yards.

Running back Shock Linwood led Baylor on the ground with 87 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Quarterback Bryce Petty had 387 yards through the air and one touchdown on 32 completions out of 42 attempts.

Receiver Corey Coleman torched the OU secondary for 224 yards and one touchdown on 15 receptions, and defender Bryce Hager led Baylor in tackles with 10 in the game.

Sooners heading to Lubbock

Oklahoma will look to get back on the winning track at 2:30 p.m. Saturday when they travel to Texas Tech.

OU comes into the game with an overall record of 6-3 and 3-3 in the Big 12 Conference. The Red Raiders are 3-6 and 1-5 in league play.

The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.

TTU comes into the game after having a week off. Their most recent outing was at home against Texas, where they fell 34-13 to the Longhorns.

The Sooners come into the game averaging 38.4 points per game and allowing 24.7 points per game to their opponents.

OU averages 475.1 yards of offense per outing and 401.4 yards of offense to opposing teams. Oklahoma passes for an average of 250.1 yards and rushes for an average of 225 yards per contest. Opposing teams pass for an average of 280.2 yards and rush for an average of 121.2 yards per game.

The Sooners have totaled 211 first downs this season and have allowed 194. OU has turned the ball over 13 times and forced 16 turnovers to their opponents. Oklahoma has been penalized 46 times for 448 yards this season.

Running back Samaje Perine leads the Sooners in rushing this season with 800 yards on 155 carries with 11 touchdowns. Quarterback Trevor Knight leads OU in passing with 162 completions out of 229 attempts for 2,197 yards, with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Receiver Sterling Shepard leads Oklahoma through the air with 957 yards on 50 completions with five touchdowns. Linebacker Dominique Alexander is the leading tackler with 79 this year.

Texas Tech comes into the game averaging 28.4 points per game and allowing 41.6 points per game to opponents. The Red Raiders are averaging 472.3 yards per outing and giving up 503.1 yards per game.

TTU is passing for an average of 320.3 yards per game and rushing for an average of 152 yards per contest, while allowing an average of 256.6 passing yards per outing and 246.6 rushing yards per game.

Texas Tech has amassed 215 first downs and allowed 236 first downs to opponents. The Red Raiders have turned the ball over 20 times and have forced 23 turnovers defensively. TTU has been penalized 83 times for 787 yards.

Running back DeAndre Washington leads Texas Tech with 821 yards on 141 carries with one touchdown. Quarterback Davis Webb has completed 211 passes out of 345 attempts for 2,539 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Receiver Jakeem Grant leads TTU through the air with 709 yards on 53 catches with five touchdowns, and defender Pete Robertson leads the Red Raiders in tackles this season with 62.

Kliff Kingsbury is in his second full year as the head coach for Texas Tech.

Pokes seek bowl eligibility against Texas

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By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,

Coming off their second bye week of the season, the Oklahoma State Cowboys will try and become bowl eligible this week when they travel Saturday to Austin to take on Texas.

Oklahoma State enters the game with a 5-4 overall record and 3-3 mark in the Big 12 Conference. The Pokes’ last game was Nov. 1 at Kansas State. It was one OSU would like to forget, as the Wildcats put a beating on Okie State 48-14.

The Longhorns come into Saturday’s game with a 5-5 overall record and a 4-3 mark in league play. Texas got its biggest win of the season last week by beating West Virginia 33-16 in Austin to become one win shy of being bowl eligible in Charlie Strong’s first year on the job.

The ‘Pokes come into the game averaging 28.4 points per game, while allowing opponents 30.2 points per outing. Oklahoma State is averaging 386.4 total yards per contest and allowing 423.8 total yards to teams this season.

The Cowboys are passing for an average of 235.1 yards per game and rushing for an average of 151.3 yards. Opponents are passing for an average of 282.7 yards per outing and rushing for an average of 141.1 yards against the OSU D this season.

Okie State has amassed 180 first downs in 2014 and has allowed 190 first downs. The ‘Pokes have turned the ball over 15 times this season, while forcing nine turnovers on defense. Oklahoma State has been flagged 54 times for 480 yards this year.

Running back Desmond Roland is the leading rusher for OSU with 522 yards on 131 carries with seven touchdowns.

Quarterback Daxx Garman is leading the Cowboys in the passing game with 135 completions out of 248 attempts for 1,883 yards, with 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Mustang native David Glidden is Oklahoma State’s leading receiver with 419 yards receiving on 31 catches and one touchdown.

Defender Jordan Sterns is the leading tackler for Okie State in 2014 with 69 so far this year.

Texas comes into the game with OSU averaging 23.3 points per game and averaging 22.4 points per game to opponents this season.

The ‘Horns are averaging 360.6 yards per outing this season, while allowing an average of 362 yards to teams this year. UT is passing for an average of 203.7 yards and rushing for an average of 156.9 yards per game. Teams are passing for an average of 184.4 yards per game against Texas and rushing for an average of 177.6 yards.

Texas has accumulated 189 first downs this season, while allowing 206 first downs to their opponents. UT has committed 17 turnovers and forced 18 turnovers defensively. The Longhorns have been penalized 63 times for 564 yards in 2014.

Running back Malcolm Brown is Texas’ leading rusher this season with 662 yards on 151 carries with six touchdowns.

Quarterback Tyrone Swoopes leads the ‘Horns in the passing department with 167 completions out of 292 attempts for 1,847 yards, with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Receiver Jaxon Shipley leads UT through the air with 538 yards on 54 receptions with one touchdown. Defender Jordan Hicks leads the Longhorns in tackles with 130 this year.

Rare freshmen class helps Lady Broncos to state title

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Winning a state championship in high school sports is hard enough when you have a team that is full of seniors who have been there and done that, but when you have seven freshmen that contribute in a major way, it’s darn near impossible.

Mustang softball accomplished that this fall when the Lady Broncos won the 2014 Class 6A Softball State Championship with seven freshmen on the final roster who played important roles during the state title run.

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Of course, when you have senior leaders like star pitcher and All-State player Jayden Chestnut, shortstop and All-State player Caisey Jones, outfielder and All-Conference player Hailee Milburn, catcher Jackie Kelm and juniors All-Conference and All-District first baseman Lexi Vargas and utility player Brooklyn Sparkman, along with All-State coach Bryan Howard, it makes getting those freshmen to buy into the system a lot easier, but none the less still very impressive.

It’s hard enough being the lead-off hitter in any lineup at any age, but being the lead-off hitter from day one as a freshman for one of the premier softball programs in the state of Oklahoma is a daunting task, but Kaitlyn Thomas handled it like a seasoned veteran.Karis Clark One

Thomas was the spark that got the offensive engine going for Howard and his Lady Broncos every time they took the field. Thomas also started every game in right field for Mustang.

The left-handed Thomas had a batting average of .446 this year and led the team in hits with 62 and five triples. She also added one home run this season.

“It was hard at first being the lead-off hitter, but I learned that everyone had my back no matter what so that made it easier,” Thomas said. “I felt like by the end of the year no one was worried about how old or young any of us were. Coach Howard just told us, it doesn’t matter how old you are, it’s all about who can get the job done.”

Zoe Jones was another freshman that started every game this season for the Bronco girls. Jones started at second base and by the end of the year was the three-hole hitter in Howard’s lineup.

Jones finished the year with a batting average of .368 with 43 hits and six home runs, which led the team. Perhaps the biggest hit of her young career so far came in the state championship game when MHS was trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jones cranked a solo home run over the left-field wall that tied the game and led the comeback that would bring Mustang the gold ball.Kylie Dodson One

“In the beginning of the year, I was nervous because I was a freshman starting,” Jones said. “As the year went on, I got used to playing with everyone and trusting everyone on the field. I learned how to trust myself more by the end of the season in tight situations.”

Audrie Morrison was another freshman who saw action in every game this season for the Lady Broncos. Morrison spent most of her time commanding the outfield as the center fielder for Howard’s defense, but also filled in at shortstop when required and played admirably there as well.

Morrison was up and down in the battling lineup this year for Mustang, but when she was hot at the plate, she was hot. Morrison had an average of .381 with 40 hits and 14 RBIs in 2014.

“I was really nervous at first about playing center field, but it got easier and easier as the season went on because of the people I had out there with me,” Morrison said. “I learned not to get so down on myself in situations this year. I learned to be more confident in myself.”

Karis Clark spent most of her freshman season playing third base for Howard and the Lady Broncos. She was a constant in the batting lineup and came up with clutch hits throughout the year in the state title run.Zoe Jones Two

However, none were bigger than the bottom of the eighth inning in the state championship game when Clark hit a towering shot over the center fielder’s head, scoring the game-winning run from third base to win the state championship.

Clark finished the year with a batting average of .289 with 24 hits and 23 RBIs and three home runs.

Kylie Dodson would have started in the circle for probably every other school in the state of Oklahoma, but with All-American Jayden Chestnut in her senior year, Dodson had to wait her turn, but she had several opportunities to show what she was all about throughout the year.

Dodson finished the season with a record of 11-1 with 75 strikeouts and 17 walks with an ERA of 1.9 in 77.1 innings pitched.

Dodson will also be a major part of the middle of the lineup in the coming years for Lady Broncos softball. Losing a player like Chestnut would devastate a lot of high school softball teams, but with Dodson filling the void, Mustang softball is in good hands.

“I see what Jayden has done over the past several years, and yeah, I want to be like her, but as the year went on, I had to be my own person, but I definitely learned a lot from her,” Dodson said. “I learned how to be calmer in tough situations. Jayden taught me that.”

Zi Archer was the type of player as a freshman that coaches love. Archer played a position that was already taken by a senior, but she was crucial to the championship run with her pinch-running ability and her support from the dugout.

Archer got the chance to make several starts at the left field position when senior Hailee Milburn was out with an injury for several games, and she more than held her own.

With Chestnut and catcher Jackie Kelm in the middle of the lineup and getting on base as much as they did, it was important for Howard to find several solid pinch runners he could call on at any moment and come in ready to score a run.

Archer was one of those players for Howard. She scored 19 runs this season for the Broncos.

“I would just tell myself I had to be smart and not run like a freshman like everyone else tells me to,” Archer said. “I definitely learned a lot from my older teammates this year. I learned not to be nervous in tight situations and have fun and play your best.”

Jayce Pontikos is the seventh freshman that was on the final roster for Howard and the Mustang softball team. Pontikos got the call up midway through the year as a reserve outfielder.

Ponitkos never actually saw varsity action on the field in 2014, but she made her impact felt as a supporter for her fellow freshmen and the rest of her teammates during their title run.

Pontikos utilized that time wisely and learned from not only the older players but her fellow classmates as well.

“Getting called up to varsity halfway through the year and getting the experience of being a part of a state championship makes me even more excited for next year because I know that if I work hard enough I will have the chance to start,” Pontikos said. “I learned a lot, especially from our seniors this year, especially Jackie (Kelm). She taught me how to really work for my position next year, and I’m just going to keep that in my mind going into next season.”

Yes, Mustang is going to lose great players in Chestnut, Kelm, Milburn and Caisey Jones, but with these freshmen coming back and Lexi Vargas and Brooklyn Sparkman leading the way, Mustang softball will not be a one-hit wonder when it comes to winning state championships.


Mustang looks to close out regular season on high-note against winless Moore on senior night

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Mustang will look to close its regular season on a high note at 7 p.m. Friday on senior night at Bronco Stadium against Moore.

The Broncos have already clinched the No.3 seed in the district and their first-round playoff game is already set, as they will travel to Broken Arrow to take on the Tigers in the quarterfinal round next week.

Despite the regular-season finale not affecting the playoff race, the Broncos still want to go into the postseason with a good taste in their mouth after dropping heart-breakers to Owasso and Tulsa Union the past two commentary new.qxd

“We want to play a good, clean football game on Friday night,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “We definitely do not want to go into the playoffs with three losses in a row.”

The Broncos enter the game with an overall record of 6-3 and a district mark of 4-2, while the Lions are 0-9 and 0-6 in district play.

In their most recent game, Mustang let a 12-point fourth quarter lead against No.1 Union slip away as they fell 30-24 to the Redskins last week.

Moore shocked the state last week, as they took Norman North to the brink of what was supposed to be a blowout for the Timberwolves. The Lions held a lead against the T-Wolves until the fourth quarter when Norman North came back to defeat Moore 30-27.

The Broncos have had a consistent season in 2014 as they started with a 41-14 beating of rival Yukon on the road. They followed that with a disappointing 35-26 home loss to Stillwater. In week three, they got back to the winning side of the scoreboard with a 57-37 drubbing of Edmond Memorial at UCO.

In week four, they returned to UCO for their first district game of the season, taking out Edmond North 34-20. Week five of the season was homecoming night for Mustang High School and the Broncos took care of business against Putnam City North 46-0.

Mustang hit the road again in week six, as they went down to Norman and hammered Norman North 41-27. In week seven, Southmoore came into Bronco Stadium and gave MHS everything they wanted, but Mustang held on for the 7-3 win, and in week eight, the Broncos suffered a stinging loss at Owasso 28-24.

Offensively, the Broncos are averaging 33.1 points per game this season and are averaging 446.2 yards per game. Mustang is passing for an average of 244.7 yards and rushing for an average of 201.6 yards per outing.

Defensively, Mustang is allowing 21.9 points per game on average and an average of 282.9 yards per game. Opponents are passing for an average of 173.3 yards and rushing for an average of 109.6 yards per outing.

For Moore, 2014 has been a season to forget. The Lions opened the season with a 49-20 loss to rival Westmoore. They then dropped a 49-21 contest to Edmond Santa Fe. In week three, Norman defeated Moore 43-3.

In week four, the Lions took on Southmoore and fell 41-26 to the Sabercats. Edmond North was next in line to beat Moore, as they defeated the Lions 42-7.

Moore traveled to Owasso in week six and suffered a 66-9 drubbing. In week seven, they nearly got their first win of the season with a 29-26 loss at the hands of Putnam City North, and against Union in week eight, the Lions fell to the Redskins 66-3.

Offensively, Moore is averaging 15.4 points per game and averaging 274.4 yards, including 200.8 passing yards and 73.7 rushing yards per outing.

Defensively, the Lions are allowing 45.8 points per game on average and are allowing an average of 419.4 yards per game to their opponents. Teams are rushing for 242.9 yards and passing for 176.6 yards per outing against their defense.

“They have our attention, but playing well and ending the regular season strong has our attention as well,” Dombek said. “If we play our game and play smart, we will be just fine.”

Senior Lance Frost becomes third-fastest male in school history

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Mustang senior Lance Frost stole the show for the Broncos cross country teams at the 6A State Championships last Saturday with a fourth-place overall finish.

Frost finished with a time of 15:56.7 in the three-mile race. The MHS senior was 36.7 seconds behind the state champion, Ben Barrett of Norman North, who had a time of 15:20.0.

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“It’s amazing breaking the 16-minute mark,” Frost said. “I was hoping to place in the top five at state and make All-State, but to accomplish those things is a great feeling. It’s an honor to be up there with some of the best runners in Mustang history.”

Lady Bronco senior Kyra Fuller finished her impressive cross country career at Mustang High School with a 17th-place finish in the girls race with a time of 19:44.0. The first-place winner on the girls side of the course was Cheyenne Walden of Sand Springs, who ran a 17:56.3.

Both the Mustang boys and girls teams finished 11th overall in the team standings.

On the boys side of the course, it was Jenks taking the top spot, followed by Edmond Memorial in second place, Norman North in third place, Bartlesville in fourth place, Norman in fifth place, Owasso in sixth place, Bishop Kelley in seventh place, Westmoore in eighth place, Yukon in ninth place, Broken Arrow in 10th place, Edmond Santa Fe in 12th place, Stillwater in 13th place and U.S. Grant in 14th place.Kyra Fuller Two

Alex Fischer recorded a 54th-place finish with a time of 17:28.0. Josh Griffin took 55th place with a time of 17:30.6. Mark Drexel placed 61st with a time of 17:39.1.

Martin Gonzalez took 78th place with a time of 18:07.6. Skyler Wade finished in 79th place with a time of 18:08.8, and Ashleigh Ruttman placed 84th overall with a time of 18:26.9.

On the girls side of the course, it was Bartlesville taking the top spot, followed by Norman in second place, Jenks in third place, Owasso in fourth place, Norman in fifth place, Edmond Memorial in sixth place, Edmond North in seventh place, Sand Springs in eighth place, Westmoore in ninth place, Enid in 10th place, Broken Arrow in 12th place, Yukon in 13th place and Putnam City North in 14th place.

Jaci Jones earned 39th place with a time of 20:31.6. Aubrey Ruttman took 48th place with a time of 20:47.0 Lauren Grisham placed 63rd with a time of 21:18.7.

Tyler Schwermley finished in 75th place with a time of 22:06.8. Kaylyn Brooks took 87th place with a time of 22:36.8, and Savannah Basco placed 89th with a time of 22:50.2.

“I thought the girls had a really great day,” Mustang coach Mike McGarry said. “We had a lot of young girls on the team this year, so for them to finish strong at state was really good to see. The boys had an older group, so we expected big things from them this year. I thought overall, we had a good year.”

Broncos squander fourth-quarter lead for second-straight week against east-side power

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For the second consecutive week, Mustang went into the fourth quarter with a lead against an east-side power, and for the second consecutive week, the Broncos squandered an upset chance.

Fifth-ranked Mustang lost two straight games for the first time this season with a 30-24 loss at home to No.1 ranked Tulsa Union last Friday and fell 6-3 on the year and 4-2 in district play. Union improved to 8-1 on the season and 6-0 in the commentary new.qxd

The Redskins clinched the district title with the win, while the Broncos settle in at the No.3 seed and will have to travel to Broken Arrow in the first round of the 2014 playoffs regardless of what happens this Friday night in the regular season finale against Moore.

“It was like deja vu for us,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “We played well, but we just made too many mistakes as a team down the stretch against a really good football team.”

Even though it’s a loss, Mustang can take away several positives from the game with Union. Other than the Redskins’ season opener against South Lake Carrol in Texas, this was the closest game Tulsa Union has played this season.

“There are a lot of positives you can take away from the past two weeks, but it’s also a little alarming because that is two weeks in a row now we have let two-score leads slip away,” Dombek said.

The 12-point hole the ‘Skins found themselves in against the Broncos was the largest deficit they have faced in 2014.

Mustang earned the two-score lead over the state’s No.1 team with strong second and third quarters. The Broncos outscored Union 24-7 in those two frames behind stout defense and powerful offense.

Tulsa Union turned the tables in the fourth quarter, as they outscored Mustang 18-0 in the final 12 minutes of action.

The Broncos were driving in the final minutes of the game after the Redskins had taken a 30-24 lead, but the hope of a game-winning drive came to a screeching halt as Mustang junior quarterback Chandler Garrett had the ball knocked out of his hands, which was recovered by Union to clinch the six-point victory.

The Broncos finished the game with 325 total yards of offense, including 268 passing yards and 57 rushing yards. MHS totaled 20 first downs and had three turnovers.

The Redskins closed out the night with 300 yards of offense, including 186 yards through the air and 114 yards on the ground. Mustang held UHS to just eight first downs in the game and forced two turnovers from the ‘Skins.

The referees made their presence felt in the game as well, as 27 flags were thrown for a total of 249 yards. Mustang had 12 penalties for 104 yards and Union had 15 penalties for 145 yards.

“It’s tough for either team to get a rhythm going when there are so many penalties being called,” Dombek said. “At first, I was a little upset with our team because we shouldn’t be having that many penalties at this point in the season, but when I saw Union actually had more than us, I realized it was just one of those games.”

OU throttles Iowa State, preps for Baylor

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Oklahoma returned to its winning ways last Saturday in Ames, Iowa, with a 59-14 beat-down of Iowa State.

The victory improved the Sooners to 6-2 this season with a Big 12 Conference mark of 3-2. With the 45-point win, OU moved up two spots in the rankings from 18th nationally to 16th.

Oklahoma finished the game with 751 total yards of offense against the Cyclones, while the defense allowed 334 yards to Iowa commentary new.qxd

The Sooners rushed for 500 yards and passed for 241 yards in the game, while ISU threw for 247 yards and rushed for 87 yards.

Oklahoma totaled 41 first downs and committed three turnovers, while Iowa State finished with 17 first downs and one turnover. OU committed five penalties for 60 yards and the Cyclones committed four penalties for 40 yards.

Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight led the team on the ground and through the air last Saturday with 150 yards rushing on 16 carries and 230 yards passing on 22 completions out of 35 attempts. Knight rushed for three touchdowns and passed for three touchdowns on the day.

Sooner receiver Michiah Quick was the leading receiver for OU with eight receptions for 56 yards, and OU linebacker was the leading tackler for the defense with seven in the game.

Iowa State running back Tyler Brown had eight rushes for 48 yards in the contest, while quarterback Sam B. Richardson had 239 yards passing on 15 completions out of 40 attempts.

Cyclone receiver Allen Lazard had five receptions for 51 yards and linebacker Kenneth Lynn had 10 tackles in the game.

No.10 Baylor up next for Oklahoma

The No.16 Sooners will play host to Baylor at 11 a.m. Saturday in Norman, as Oklahoma looks for its fourth Big 12 win of the year.

OU comes into the game with a 6-2 overall record and 3-2 mark in conference play, while BU is 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the Big 12.

Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports One.

Both teams come into the matchup after blowout wins. The Sooners earned a 59-14 drubbing of Iowa State on the road, while the Bears hammered Kansas 60-14 at home.

Oklahoma is averaging 41.5 points per game this season and averaging 494.6 yards per outing, including 262.9 passing yards and 231.8 rushing yards on average. OU has amassed 198 first downs and has committed 12 turnovers this season.

Samaje Perine is Oklahoma’s leading rusher with 779 yards on 150 carries with 11 touchdowns. Trevor Knight is OU’s leading passer with 2,051 yards on 150 completions out of 252 attempts, with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Sterling Shepard is the Sooners leading receiver with 50 catches for 957 yards and five touchdowns this season, and Dominique Alexander is the team’s leading tackler with 61 this year.

As a defense, OU is allowing an average of 21.8 points per game and an average of 383.6 yards per outing, including 265.8 passing yards and 117.9 rushing yards to their opponents.

The Sooners have allowed 163 first downs and forced 16 turnovers this season.

Baylor comes into the game averaging 50.4 points per game and an average of 590.2 yards per outing, including 349 passing yards and 241.2 rushing yards on average. The Bears have amassed 235 first downs this season and have turned the ball over eight times.

Shock Linwood is the team’s leading rusher with 793 yards on 154 carries with 10 touchdowns. Bryce Petty leads BU through the air with 2,034 passing yards on 132 completions out of 241 attempts, with 20 touchdowns and three interceptions.

K.D. Cannon is the team’s leading receiver with 36 catches for 714 yards and six touchdowns, and Bryce Hager is the defense’s leading tackler with 63 this season.

Defensively as a unit, Baylor is allowing 21.9 points per game and allowing an average of 322.6 yards per outing, including 222.8 passing yards and 99.9 rushing yards on average. They have allowed 139 first downs and have forced 16 turnovers.

K-State drubs OSU, Pokes enter second bye-week at 5-4

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For the third consecutive week, the Oklahoma State Cowboys were defeated by more than three touchdowns with a 48-14 loss at the hands of ninth-ranked Kansas State in Manhattan.

The loss drops OSU to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the Big 12 Conference, as they enter their second bye week of the season.

The Wildcats held the Cowboys to just 260 total yards of offense, including 148 passing yards and 112 rushing yards. The Pokes amassed 12 first downs in the game and committed three commentary new.qxd

Freshman sensation running back Tyreek Hill was the lone bright spot for Oklahoma State last Saturday, as the speedy running back rushed for 108 yards on 18 carries with one touchdown.

Quarterback Daxx Garman had 148 yards through the air against Kansas State on 12 completions out of 32 attempts. Garman finished the day with no touchdown passes and two interceptions.

Receiver James Washington led Okie State in receptions with three in the game for 33 yards. Mustang native David Glidden totaled 32 yards receiving on three catches as well.

Linebacker Ramon Richards led the OSU defense with seven tackles.

The defensive unit for the Pokes allowed Kansas State to amass 421 yards of offense, including 287 yards through the air and 134 yards on the ground. KSU totaled 21 first downs and committed one turnover in the game.

Running back Charles Jones led the ‘Cats in rushing with 45 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns. Quarterback Jake Waters finished the day with 223 yards through the air on 19 completions out of 28 attempts and two touchdowns.

Receiver Curry Sexton was the leading pass catcher for Kansas State against the Pokes with 159 yards on nine catches and one touchdown.

Cornerback Morgan Burns led the Wildcats in tackles with six on the day.

Oklahoma State enters its second bye week of the regular season with three games remaining on their schedule. The Cowboys have one home game and two road games. The remaining home outing is against Texas, and the two road games are against Baylor and in-state rival Oklahoma.

The Pokes need one more win out of those three games in order to become bowl eligible.

West side closing gap on east side powers

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When I was the ripe young age of 10 years old, I was sitting in the bleachers at then Lewis Field in Stillwater at OSU watching Rocky Calmus’ Jenks Trojans slaughter Yukon 56-8 in the 1997 state championship game.

I remember thinking to myself, there is no way Jenks will ever lose a football game, ever. Obviously, I was young and naïve to actually believe that, but after seeing that kind of domination, it was all I could think.

Fast forward, 17 years later, I still fully believe that 1997 Jenks team is the best high school football team I have ever seen, and I don’t believe that will ever change in my lifetime.

Well, Jenks has lost since that day in ’97, but the east side dominance has been a real thing since 1996. The last 18 state championships have been won by Jenks or Tulsa Union, with the two other east-side powers, Owasso and Broken Arrow on their heels.

Back then, the gap between the east and west side was as big as Texas, as it looked like the east dominance would control the state in Class 6A forever, but 17 years later, the gap has been narrowed heavily.

The proof came in the pudding last Friday night when Mustang took on Owasso on the road in a district matchup between the Broncos and Rams.

Anyone who saw that game in person or watched it on the Internet, saw who clearly was the best team.

Mustang was by far the better team over Owasso. The Rams were considered to be one of the few teams in the state that could realistically challenge Tulsa Union for the 6A-1 state title this season, but after Friday night, Mustang joined that list.

I went into that game thinking if the Broncos could just hold their own on the line of scrimmage, they would have a shot to pull off the upset. Boy was I wrong. Not only did Mustang hold its own against Owasso, they dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.

In fact, by the second half, the Broncos’ smaller, athletic offensive line was blowing holes in the bigger Ram defensive front that semi-trailers could drive through.

Last year in the quarterfinal round of the postseason, Mustang hosted Broken Arrow in one of the worst weather nights I’ve ever seen a football game played. Amidst below freezing temperatures and freezing rain and ice falling from the sky, the Broncos played the Tigers tough, and would have had a great chance of winning the game had it not been for the weather conditions.

The west side has sent teams in the past like Westmoore, Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Southmoore and Mustang from the mid-2000s to contest Jenks or Union for the state title, but none of those teams have been able to get the job done.

This Bronco team this year can do it. They have an opportunity Friday night at home against No.1 Tulsa Union to make a statement.

The statement doesn’t need to come in a win, but it needs to come on the line of scrimmage against the Redskins.

Yes, a win over the state’s No.1 team would be a win for the ages for the Bronco football program, but if Mustang can play the way it did last Friday night on the line of scrimmage and eliminate the silly mistakes, they will show the Redskins they have more than just Jenks to worry about come playoff time.

This version of Mustang just might be what the doctor ordered for the west side in its hope of pulling the gold ball away from the east side.

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For the first time in the history of Mustang football, Tulsa Union will take on the Broncos at Bronco Stadium in a meaningful game this Friday.

Union comes into the game with an overall record of 7-1 and a district record of 5-0 and No.1 ranking in Class 6A-1. Mustang enters the prime-time matchup with the Redskins with an overall record of 6-2 and a district mark of 4-1 and a state ranking of No.5. The game will kick off at 7 commentary new.qxd

Union comes into the contest after having an easy time with Moore last Friday night, beating the Lions 66-3, while the Broncos are coming off their first district loss of the season at Owasso, 28-24.

“After a tough loss, it’s not hard getting the players’ attention when you have the No.1 team in the state coming to town,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “They are definitely deserving of their No.1 ranking. They have separated themselves to this point as the best team in the state. They are a complete football team. They are impressive to watch on film. What really stands out to me is their overall depth.”

The Redskins opened the year with their only loss of the 2014 season at South Lake Carroll in Texas by a score of 42-41. Union went for two in the third overtime, but was stuffed. Since the opening loss, the ‘Skins have gone 7-0.

UHS defeated rival Jenks 24-13 at the University of Tulsa in week two. In week three, they took down Broken Arrow 31-10. Union beat Putnam City North on the road 63-6 in week four and in week five, they hammered Norman North at home 56-21.Union Logo copy

In week six, the Redskins beat up on Southmoore on the road 51-21 and defeated Owasso in week seven 37-13.

Union quarterback Mason Farquhar has completed 127 passes out of 187 attempts this season for 1,422 sg4xnwos copyyards, with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. Running back Tyler Adkins leads the Redskins in rushing with 849 yards on 122 rushes with 10 touchdowns. Wide receiver Robert Thomas leads UHS through the air this year with 637 yards on 58 receptions with seven touchdowns.

On the defensive side of the ball, Union defender Lorenzo Thomas leads the D in tackles with 56 on the Classic-Jack-o-Lantern1season. Malon Alijiboori leads the Redskins in sacks with 10 on the year. Brandon Golphin leads UHS in interceptions with five on the year, and Seth Mischler leads Union in fumble recoveries with two on the season.

“Their offense is balanced,” Dombek said. “They can beat you with the run and with the pass. They don’t do anything real exotic, they line up and beat you. Their offensive line has the ability to take over a football game whenever they decide to do so, so we are going to have to game-plan well and execute on both sides of the ball.”

The Redskins are coached by Kirk Fridrich.

Mustang comes into the game after beating Yukon on the road 41-14 in week one. They took a loss in week two at home against Stillwater 35-26. In week three, MHS went on the road and hammered Edmond Memorial 57-37.

In week four, the Broncos took care of Edmond North on the road 34-20. Mustang put a beating on Putnam City North 46-0 on homecoming in week five. They came back to get a two-touchdown victory at Norman North 41-27 in week six, and held on to defeat Southmoore 7-3 at home in week seven.

“We have to play a clean football game,” Dombek said. “We can’t make mistakes that will kill us against a really good team. We are going to have to play well all four quarters Friday night.”