AMES, Iowa, Sporting Alert – Baker Mayfield threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns and No. 14 Oklahoma escaped Iowa State 34-24 in a college football game on Thursday night.
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Mayfield, who went 25-of-34 on completed passes threw scoring tosses to Dede Westbrook, Jeffery Mead, Dimitri Flowers and Mark Andrews, which all came in the first half.
Westbrook caught seven passes for 131 yards and Dimitri Flowers ran 22 times for 115 yards and caught three passes for 34 yards for the Sooners (7-2, 6-0 Big 12) to secure their sixth straight victory.
The men from Norman were also beating the Cyclones (1-8, 0-6) for the 18th time in a row, which is its longest active winning streak versus an opponent.
Oklahoma also improved to 74-5-2 all-time against Iowa State and is 35-2-1 against the home side in Ames.
The Sooners were without their two leading running backs Joe Mixon (suspension) and Samaje Perine (injury).
“We’re short a few guys. But we had some young guys step in and take full control of the game,” said Westbrook, who had a six straight game with at least 100 receiving yards through, the second longest active streak in this category in the FBS.
Thursday night’s win saw Oklahoma maintained its advantage atop the Big 12 standings, although Bob Stoops’ men didn’t really do much to influence the College Football Playoff selection committee.
Jacob Park threw two touchdown passes for 160 yards and Allen Lazard took six catches for 76 yards and a score for Iowa State, which was without leading rusher Mike Warren, who missed the game with a sprained ankle he suffered last week in the home loss to Kansas State.
Joel Lanning, who gave the Cyclones a 17-14 lead with 4:30 left in the second quarter with a 41-yard run, had seven carries for 61 yards and a TD and Dondre Daley took a catch for a touchdown in the defeat for Iowa State.
After Lanning game the home side the lead, Oklahoma responded with a pair of scores to take a 28-17 advantage heading into the break.
Oklahoma will next face Baylor, West Virginia and Oklahoma State in the heated race for the Big 12 conference title.