As OU won a school-record 12th game and advanced to the Bowl Championship Series, the battle royale was about as even as pre-billed for the first 30 minutes.
The Sooners scored first in what would prove to be the decisive field goal in the three-point victory as Tim Duncan connected on a 33-yarder.
K-State then rallied for 10 unanswered points, starting with a 10-yard scoring run by Jonathan Beasley on the first play of the second quarter. After an OU punt, KSU mounted a 12-play, 57-yard drive for a Jamie Rheem field goal from 22 yards.
Oklahoma stormed back to block a Wildcats’ punt as Josh Norman stepped in front of a KSU boot. Three plays later, quarterback Josh Heupel connected with tight end Trent Smith for one of Smith’s record eight championship receptions and the tying touchdown with 2:56 left in the half.
In the second half, OU took a short-lived lead at 17-10 with 5:54 left in the third quarter as Heupel rushed over the goal line from seven yards. Less than two minutes later, Aaron Lockett cruised 58 yards on a punt runback for the first kick return for a touchdown in the Big 12 Championship.
Late in the third quarter and early in the final period, OU made the critical drive of the game. Heupel found Andre Woolfolk with a pass to the back of the end zone, and Duncan’s kick made it 24-17 Sooners with 14:24 left in regulation.
A calculated gamble by Stoops and Sooners’ special teams’ coaches sent Duncan out to try his longest field goal of the season - a 46-yarder - with 1:25 on the clock. Duncan’s successful try was his longest of the year by six yards and gave Oklahoma just enough breathing room.
The elusive Beasley drove the Wildcats 60 yards in six plays in a span of 1:19. Oklahoma scooped up the ensuing onside kick and ran the final six seconds off the clock. For the fifth year in succession, the designated home team was victorious in the Dr Pepper Championship.
|Kansas State Wildcats||0||10||7||7||-||24|
|OU (3-0) -||Tim Duncan 33-yard field goal; 7:16|
|KSU (3-7) -||Jonathan Beasley 10-yard run (Jamie Rheem kick); 14:54|
|KSU (3-10) -||Rheem 22-yard field goal; 7:58|
|OU (10-10) -||Trent Smith 1-yard pass from Josh Heupel|
|(Duncan kick); 2:56|
|OU (17-10) -||Josh Heupel 7-yard run (Duncan kick); 5:54|
|KSU (17-17) -||Aaron Lockett 58-yard punt return (Rheem kick)|
|OU (24-17) -||Andre Woolfolk 17-yard pass from Heupel|
|(Duncan kick); 14:24|
|OU (27-17) -||Duncan 46-yard field goal; 1:25|
|KSU (27-24) -||Quincy Morgan 16-yard pass from Beasley|
|(Rheem kick); 0:06|