OSU, Sooners prove worthy of contending for national title
Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 7:02 pm
By The Associated Press
No. 11 Oklahoma bounced back strong from its loss, and No. 3 Oklahoma State had no problem in its first game as the state’s top national title contender.
Landry Jones passed for a school-record 505 yards and the Sooners scored the game’s final 44 points to hand No. 10 Kansas State its first loss, 58-17 on Saturday.
The Cowboys had an even easier time, jumping out to a 35-point halftime lead and running away from Baylor in a 59-24 victory.
All-American Justin Blackmon matched his career best with 13 catches for 172 yards and two scores for Oklahoma State.
The Sooners’ victory leaves Oklahoma State as the only undefeated team left in the Big 12. Preseason No. 1 Oklahoma dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten last week, losing 41-38 at home to Texas Tech.
But that resounding rebound in Manhattan, Kan., seemed to be a sign that the Dec. 3 Bedlam game in Stillwater between the Sooners and Cowboys could still end up deciding the Big 12 championship — and maybe a spot in the national title game for Oklahoma State.
Georgia 24, Florida 20
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Murray threw two touchdown passes on fourth down and Georgia overcame several mistakes to win its sixth straight game.
The Bulldogs (6-2, 5-1 SEC) kept pace with South Carolina in the East Division.
It was Georgia’s fourth victory in the last 22 games against Florida and it could be a big one for coach Mark Richt. He had been under pressure since losing his first two games this season.
The Gators (4-4, 2-4) have lost four in a row for the first time since 1988, a streak that certainly will taint coach Will Muschamp’s first season in Gainesville.
Florida (4-4, 2-4) was eliminated in the division race.
Arkansas 31, Vanderbilt 28
NASHVILLE (AP) — Zach Hocker kicked a 42-yard field goal with 6:53 left, and Arkansas rallied again for its fourth straight win.
It was the third time this season the Razorbacks (7-1, 3-1 SEC) trailed by double digits. They didn’t trail by 18 as they did against Texas A&M or 17 last week before beating Mississippi. This time, Vanderbilt led 21-7 with 1:39 left in the first half.
The Commodores (4-4, 1-4) also had the ball at the Arkansas five in the fourth quarter leading 28-20 when Zac Stacy fumbled and Jerry Franklin picked it up and ran it 94 yards for a touchdown. Tyler Wilson found Jarius Wright in the end zone for the tying 2-point conversion at 13:25.
Oklahoma St. 59, Baylor 24
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Joseph Randle set career highs by running for 152 yards and four touchdowns and Oklahoma State started a season with eight straight wins for only the second time in school history.
Published in The Messenger 10.31.11