ARLINGTON, Texas — — No. 10 Oklahoma battled to a 27-21 victory against No. 6 Iowa State and captured its sixth successive Big 12 title at the 2020 Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship at the AT&T Stadium on Saturday.
Oklahoma Extends League Winning Streak
“I’ve felt tremendous excitement after each one of them, but this one does feel different … maybe the most unlikely,” said fourth-year Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley.
Oklahoma’s streak of six successive league titles is the longest for a Power Five program since they won 12 in a row in the old Big Eight from 1948-59, according to the stats guru.
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Quarterback Spencer Rattler threw for 272 yards on 22-of-34 completed passes with a 45-yard touchdown to Marvin Mims. He also ran for another score for the Sooners (8-2, 6-2 Big 12) who led 24-7 at halftime before Iowa State made things a little more interesting in the second half.
Mims finished with 101 yards from seven catches and a touchdown.
Oklahoma jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the second quarter following Chandler Morris’ short run, Mims’ touchdown catch, and a 54-yard field goal by Gabe Brkic.
Rattler ran for a nine-yard score after Iowa State scored – to put the Sooners back up by 17 points at 24-7.
Hall Scares The Sooners
However, back-to-back scoring runs by Breece Hall gave Iowa State some hope at 24-21.
Gabe Brkic kicked a 32-yard field goal with 2:01 left to secure the win for the Sooners to avenged an early-season loss to the Cyclones (8-3, 8-1).
“When we were 0-2 in the conference, and I told them a place like OU there’s nowhere to hide. It’s not like we’re just going to go off and have a bad season and people aren’t going to pay attention,” Riley said.
“I think everybody in our locker room knew that this was possible at that point, and what a tremendous run it’s been.”
Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy was 27 of 40 for 322 yards and a touchdown. He, however, throw three picks.
“I still think Brock was really good,” Iowa State’s fifth-year coach Matt Campbell said. “I know there were times that the ball got turned, but there’s pressure. We’re nowhere close in that football game if Brock Purdy’s not our quarterback.”
Meanwhile, Xavier Hutchinson had 10 catches for 114 yards, while Charlie Kolar took six catches for 92 yards and a score for the Cyclones.