NORMAN, OKLA. – Unranked Kansas State took a two-touch lead on the road at 6 Oklahoma with eight hours remaining in the fourth before eight minutes of football frenzy ended with Kansas State’s 41-34 win on Saturday night at Gaylord Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla.
After three tough performances to open the season, Kansas State quarterback Adrian Martinez (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) ran 52 yards in third and 16 to reach Oklahoma (3-1) , 0-1 Big 12) four-yard line before punching it inside a one-yard run in the middle for his fourth quick touch of the night.
In addition to Martinez’s four hasty touchdowns on Saturday, he was Wildcat’s top driver with 148 yards plunging into a spongy Oklahoma defense that allowed for a total of 509 yards.
Martinez was heavily criticized for his play in Kansas State’s 17-10 loss last week to Tulane, but he was the Nebraska transfer quartet who appeared in the game against the team’s top-ranked team. Big 12 on Saturday night.
The Kansas State foul hit a total of 509 yards during the night, and Martinez was responsible for 382 of those when combining his total passes and javelin.
Although sales were not required and for the top score of the season, Kansas State’s defense was able to stop a strong Oklahoma attack just enough to get rid of Oklahoma with a claim victory. after an embarrassing loss at home last week in which the defense played well enough to earn a win.
For the second time in many trips to Norman – one of the Big 12’s toughest environments to get a win on the road – Kansas State came away with a win. In 2020, Kansas State beat the Sooners 38-35 as Oklahoma ranked 3rd in the country. Kansas also didn’t rank in the 2020 game.
K-State has won four of its last six games at Oklahoma.
MARTINEZ FREE TO PLAY
After being locked out for the first three games of the season, Kansas State quarterback Adrian Martinez found more success in the Wildcats’ fourth game of the season than in any of their first three games – combined.
Martinez completed 21 of 34 234-yard passes on Saturday night and had a touchdown pass. Martinez was aggressive and found ways to throw more of the ball early in the game, and it helped K-State open the game with a 14-0 lead after the Wildcats’ first two dribbles.
The Nebraska transfer also ran more football in front of the Oklahoma defence than he did in the first three weeks of the season. Martinez dashed a total of 21 times in 148 yards and his rushed touch in the first half gave Kansas State a 21-14 lead before winning the game with less than 2:00 minutes to go.
His touchdown run included some impressive agility by diving over the stakes at the script boundary, but he missed the mark. To cross the line, Martinez put his left hand on the grass and plunged into the red grass end area.
Martinez silenced a lot of doubters after his poor start to the season with his strong performance – on the ground and in the air – on Saturday against the Sooners. The former four-star prospect looked free, agile and confident in his talent on Saturday.
VAUGHN STARTS A NEW STREA?
Deuce Vaughn had an eight-game streak with at least 100 yards of rush won last week against Tulane. But Vaughn charged 116 yards in front of a fortified Early Defensive front.
The American forward averaged 4.6 yards per take, more than he averaged in any of the K-State’s first three games this season. On multiple attempts, Vaughn was able to pull off Sooner’s first tackle using a nifty juggling combined with a nasty fake head.
Ben Sinnott made five 22-yard receptions in Saturday’s game and only seven 37-yard receptions in his career. But, Sinnott had a career match with the 6th-placed Sooners. The big-bodied tight finish made four catches in 80 yards during the night, both career highs. Three of Sinnott’s first four receptions were at least 20 yards, including one 27 yards into Oklahoma territory on the driveway that then took Kansas State to 34-20.
UNDERSTANDING GABRIEL DECISION Sufficient
From a numerical perspective, the midfield is earlier Dillion Gabriel Had a really impressive game. But Gabriel’s night wasn’t easy. The Early Midfielder had four touchdown passes, including his first two passing at least 50 yards. He ended the night with 330 yards of passes during the night.
But the Kansas State defensive coordinator Joe Klanderman did a quality job moving his defensive defenders enough to make things a little difficult for the Oklahoma transfer quartet throughout last night.
Klanderman’s defense was able to put pressure on Gabriel in key moments, which kept him floundering in the pocket. Gabriel was able to escape the pressure a few times, contributing to his 61 yards, but 26 of those yards came from a contention on the sideline.
But Gabriel was really disciplined throughout the night when he didn’t dangerously throw the ball into the net against a Kansas State opportunistic defense that had a total of six interceptions in the two weeks before against Missouri and Tulane.
Kansas State returns to Bill Snyder Family Stadium next week to play Texas Tech in their second Big 12 game of the season. The Red Raiders beat the Texas No. 22 on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas, to start the Big 12 with a 1-0 scoreline.