Skylar Thompson threw for 334 yards and a touchdown and ran for three more scores as Kansas State upset No. 3 Oklahoma 38-35 in Saturday’s Big 12 clash in Norman, Okla.
It was the second consecutive season an unranked Wildcats team beat the top-five Sooners.
Last year, Kansas State built a big lead and then had to hold on throughout a furious fourth-quarter Oklahoma comeback.
This time, it was the Wildcats (1-1, 1-0 Big 12) who rallied after trailing 35-14 late in the third quarter.
Kansas State started hitting on big plays in the passing game in the second half — completions of 77 and 78 yards on consecutive drives to set up third-quarter touchdowns — and came up with big plays on defense and special teams to complete the comeback against the Sooners (1-1, 0-1).
A fumble by OU’s Seth McGowan set up a 4-yard Thompson touchdown run that pulled the Wildcats to within 35-28 with 12:28 left in the fourth quarter.
Nick Allen’s blocked punt on the Sooners’ next possession set up the game-tying score, as Deuce Vaughn scored on a 38-yard run with 8:17 remaining.
After another punt by Oklahoma, the Wildcats took the lead on Blake Lynch’s 50-yard field goal with 4:32 left.
Sooners freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler was 30 of 41 for 387 yards and four touchdowns, but he also had three interceptions, including one in the final minute to seal the game.
After scoring touchdowns on five of their first eight drives, the Sooners went five consecutive drives without a score to end the game.
Vaughn had four catches for 129 yards and eight carries for 45 yards and a score. Vaughn had a 77-yard catch that started the momentum shifting Kansas State’s way in the third quarter.
Drake Stoops led the Sooners with three catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. Marvin Mims added two TD grabs for Oklahoma.
Thompson turned in a career day after not practicing due to injury the week after the Wildcats opened the season with a home loss to Arkansas State.
Thompson has seven rushing touchdowns against the Sooners in the last two seasons.