Oklahoma avenges early season loss in Big 12 Championship
In another rematch of an early season game, the Oklahoma Sooners avenged their loss to the Iowa State with a 27-21 victory in the Big 12 Championship game. Freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler led the Sooners to their sixth consecutive conference title with 272 passing yards and two touchdowns-- on rushing and one passing.
The Sooners got out to a quick 17-0 lead and mad Iowa State look like a mess on offense for most of the first half. The Cyclones finally scored a touchdown with 1:34 left in the second quarter, but a 53 yard kick return from Drake Nettles set Oklahoma up with a short field. Rattler would score just three plays later, giving the Sooners a 24-7 lead at halftime.
The third quarter was filled with punts, but Cyclones' running back Breece Hall found the endzone at the end of the quarter to cut the deficit to 10.
After holding the Sooners on two straight drives, Iowa State would cut the lead to just three after another Hall touchdown run. Oklahoma would add a field goal, setting up Brock Purdy and company with one last chance.
The Cyclones got the ball with about two minutes left in the game, needing to drive 70 yards to take the lead and possibly win the game. After an Oklahoma penalty, Purdy completed three straight passes to move the ball down to the Oklahoma 33. Iowa State would end up with a 3rd &11 form the Oklahoma 34, and Purdy was intercepted by Tre Brown to end the comeback bid.
Purdy finished the game with 322 passing yards and a touchdown but also threw three interceptions. Hall had 79 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, while Xavier Hutchinson caught 10 passes for 114 yards.
Marvin Mims added 101 receiving yards and a touchdown catch for Oklahoma.
The Sooners will play No. 7 Florida in the Cotton Bowl on December 30. Iowa State will play No. 25 Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl on January 2.