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By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

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10:08 p.m.
| Final
Oklahoma will suffer its first loss of the season and lose just its fourth game at Owen Field under Coach Stoops. The clock ticks off and congratulations to Kansas State. Final: K-State 24, OU 19. We appreciate you following along tonight in our live blog and appreciate your support. As always, Boomer Sooner!

10:06 p.m. | Klein Converts
The ball game is on the line on this third down as OU calls its last timeout. Collin Klein keeps the ball and converts for a first down. Kansas State will drain the clock on the Sooners.
10:02 p.m. | Third Down Troubles
Kansas State has been efficient on third down, converting 6--of-13, including a huge third-and-11 to maintain possession. Just more than two minutes remaining now.
9:59 p.m. | Sterling's Big Night Continues
Sterling Shepard recorded his first career touchdown pass, but the two-point conversion attempt failed. Oklahoma trails, 24-19, with one timeout remaining. Shepard leads OU with seven catches for 108 yards.
9:50 p.m. | Attendance Announced
Tonight's attendance has been announced at 85,276. It marks the 82nd consecutive sellout at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, every game of the Bob Stoops era.
9:49 p.m. | K-State Finds End Zone
Kansas State survived a third-and-12, eventually punching in a tough 9-yard touchdown from running back John Hubert. The 24-13 edge marks the largest lead for either team tonight.
9:41 p.m. | Chaos in the Crowd
With K-State facing third-and-12, the Sooner faithful turned up the noise to its highest peak so far tonight, and that's saying something. That forces a Wildcat timeout as ears are ringing on the sidelines.
9:36 p.m. | Player with Heart
Tony Jefferson named tonight's Integris Player with Heart, featured on the big board. Jefferson currently has a team-high 13 tackles, including a TFL.
9:20 p.m. | Interception
Kansas State grabs the interception at the 38 as Landry Jones was under pressure. The defense is back on the field. Seems like the D is playing extremely well. Turnovers? OU 3, K-State 0. Those and the turnover on the reviewed call story of game so far.

9:16 p.m. | Take It Back
The Sooner defense took Klein out of his comfort zone on that drive, forcing him to look deep downfield for an open receiver. The noise was deafening and the defense forced the stop. Oklahoma takes the ball nursing a three-point lead.
9:11 p.m. | Noise
No one's left early from this one folks. Remember when Coach Stoops asked the Sooner fans to be more "engaged"? K-State is about to hear about it. We're expecting Tech 2008 levels.
9:07 p.m. | Sooners Take Lead
OU punches it in for the team's first touchdown of the game and Oklahoma goes up, 13-10. The old stadium is rocking now. Blake Bell punched it in from three-yards out and the fireworks started in Norman. Wonder if they heard us all the way up in OKC?
9:02 p.m. | Overturned
The call is overturned and ruled an incomplete pass. Honestly, that was a huge call. OU retains possession and, more importantly, the score remains 10-6, K-State. Was that overturn the turning point? OU's offense is moving again and the crowd is roaring.
8:59 p.m. | Fumble?
Kansas State chooses to punt at midfield and Justin Brown safely fair-catches the ball. The Sooner offense is back on the field at their own 12. There's 8:46 left on the clock. And we fumble. It's going to be reviewed. The Sooner players on the sideline are calling it a pass. We'll see what the officials decide.
8:55 p.m. | Big Stop
This certainly feels like a defining drive in this game. The Sooner defense is not giving up yards easily but K-State is finding a way to inch the ball down the field. We need one big stop.
8:53 p.m. | Mike Stoops
Granted, we're down here on the sideline but Mike Stoops is easy to hear. Can't tell if you can see him on the TV broadcast but he's lighting the defense up. We are a little tired of the timeouts. Seems like every time the crowd gets revved up, there's a break.
8:48 p.m. | Gutsy Call
The stadium was rocking but Kansas State pushed it across the line on fourth-and-inches at their own 41. Gutsy call by Coach Snyder. K-State is clawing its way through this game.
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8:41 p.m. | Support
Tonight's attendance: 85,276. Ranks as eighth-largest crowd in Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium history. Another outstanding performance by Sooner fans showing their support.

8:37 p.m. | We're Back
K-State kicks it through the end zone for the touchback and the Sooner offense takes the field for the first series of the second half. OU's crowd is anxious and ready for something good to happen.
8:35 p.m. | General Thoughts
General feeling at halftime? OU would be in the lead without a couple of self-inflicted wounds. The offense has proven it can move the ball on the K-State defense. The Sooners will get the ball to open the half. Didn't it seem like the quicker pace on offense was effective? It would be good to see a series of positive plays to get the team back in the groove here to start the half.
8:31 p.m. | Halftime Notes
OU held Kansas State to its first scoreless quarter of the season in the opening period, breaking a streak of 12-straight quarters with at least one score by the Wildcats.

With a field goal just before halftime, Oklahoma pushed its streak to eight-straight quarters with at least one score.

OU's opening drive of 14 plays and 80 yards over 5:30 was the longest scoring drive of the season in terms of plays and time of possession. It was also the first score on an opening drive by the Sooners this season.

Oklahoma has not trailed at home at halftime since trailing 24-7 against Texas Tech (10/22/11).

Sterling Shepard started for the first time in his Sooner career. His 56 yards receiving in the first half are a career high.

Tony Jefferson set a new Oklahoma season high in tackles in the first half alone with 11 takedowns. Jefferson had 10 tackles at UTEP (9/1/12) to set the previous season high and has three double-digit tackle games in his career. His career high came against Cincinnati (10/25/10) when Jefferson had 12 tackles.

With 144 passing yards in the first half, Jones moves into ninth place on the NCAA career passing yards list with 12,997. With 132 all-purpose yards in the first half, Jones moves into 16th place on the NCAA career all-purpose yards list with 12,691.

With 53 receiving yards in the first half, Stills moves into sixth place on the OU career receiving yards list with 1,929.

8:21 p.m. | Note of the Half
Tony Jefferson has already set a new OU season-high with 11 first-half tackles. He had 10 tackles at UTEP for the previous top mark.
8:16 p.m. | Halftime
Oklahoma heads to the locker room at halftime trailing for the first time this season, 10-6. The Sooners have outgained the Wildcats, 182-174, in total offense.
8:14 p.m. | Red Zone Difficulties
Oklahoma entered tonight's contest ranked tied for first in red zone offense, scoring 10 touchdowns in 10 tries. The Sooners have been inside the K-State 20-yard line three times this evening with two field goals to show. Michael Hunnicutt nailed a 34-yard field goal to make it a 10-6 game.
8:07 p.m. | Colvin Makes Play
Despite a play action pass on third down inside the OU 10-yard line, defensive back Aaron Colvin recovered to make a terrific pass breakup to prevent a Wildcat touchdown. Kansas State had its most success on third down all night, recording two of its three third-down conversions on that drive.
7:52 p.m. | Trouble Inside the 10
The Sooners have gotten inside the Kansas State 10-yard line twice, but only have three points to show for it after Blake Bell's fumble gave the ball back to the Wildcats. It marked the second turnover by an OU quarterback in as many possessions.
7:50 p.m. | Sterling's Leap
Danzel Williams came over to live blog central and told us that Sterling Shepard's electrifying jump to put the Sooners inside the K-State 10-yard line was the highest he's ever seen anyone jump in live action. Also, big shout out to Sheridan of the great OU manager staff for bringing us Gatorade, despite its purple color.
7:42 p.m. | K-State on the Board
The Sooners have had solid pass protection throughout the night, but Landry Jones was sacked inside the 5-yard line on third-and-13 and a fumble led to Kansas State's first points of the evening. The Wildcats take their first lead 7-3.
7:31 p.m. | Team Entrance Video
What does it feel like to run out onto Owen Field in front of 85,000 fans? Here you go:

7:27 p.m. | Injured
Austin Woods just showed us Marshall Musil's No. 32 written on the tape on his wrist. Musil is out for the season after a knee injury and is keeping us company along with Tyler Evans over here on the sideline. Ben Habern is following Coach Patton.
7:19 p.m. | Quick Notes
Here's a few quick notes from OU Athletics Communications way up in the press box: Sterling Shepard started for the first time in his Sooner career. OU's opening drive of 14 plays and 80 yards over 5:30 was the longest scoring drive of the season in terms of plays and time of possession. It was also the first score on an opening drive by the Sooners this season.
7:15 p.m. | Confidence
We're looking up at the stat board and OU had 36 rushing yards and 35 yards through the air on the opening drive. Good balance and although the drive didn't end in a TD, it has to provide the offense plenty of confidence. Defense is back on the field.
7:13 p.m. | Snyder's Jacket
It's 84 degrees and we can see Coach Snyder across the field in his purple jacket. Just like Stoops' visor, you won't see Coach Snyder without his purple jacket very often. Temps are supposed to slowly fall throughout the game so he's just prepared.
7:09 p.m. | Field Goal
Landry just misses Moose in the end zone for the game's first score. The Sooners aren't able to punch it in and will go for the field goal. Hunnicutt splits the uprights and OU goes up, 3-0. First time this season that OU hasn't scored a TD from a trip to the red zone.
7:05 p.m. | Catchup?
It's only the opening drive but OU's offensive line is providing Landry time in the pocket. The crowd continues to warm up as Oklahoma marches down the field. An early score would really ignite the fans. Much was made in pre-game predictions of the Sooners getting an early lead and forcing K-State to play catchup.

7:03 p.m. | Air & Ground Attack
The draw play worked to perfection there for the Sooners as they move the ball out to the 30. It will be interesting to see how K-State's defense tries to defense OU's varied attack. Most pundits thought the Wildcats might have trouble defending the Sooners' passing attack. OU's churning pretty well on the ground.
6:59 p.m. | OU Gets Ball
Oklahoma's defense stiffens and stops Collin Klein and the K-State offense on its opening drive. Now, the Sooners will see if they can move the ball. OU opens on its own 9.
6:53 p.m. | K-State Opens With Ball
As expected, Kansas State is churning away on the ground here on its opening drive. The Wildcats have moved into Oklahoma territory heading to the north. The crowd is trying to make it harder on the K-State offense. KSU goes to the air for the first time and it's knocked down. Scattering of purple -- actually much less than we expected in the visitor's sections.
6:50 p.m. | Breeze
The breeze is blowing down here on the field but it's more of a swirl and not a straight-line from one direction. Don't think it will be much of a factor -- if at all, for the passing game.
6:47 p.m. | Boomer!
The intro video has rolled, the Sooners have exploded onto the field and the crowd is throwing "BOOMER", "SOONER" back and forth. Yes, it's football time in Oklahoma! Are you ready to pull for the Crimson and Cream no matter where you are? Well, let's go!
6:32 p.m. | Here Comes the Pride
We have to admit, we're still getting used to seeing the West Virginia and TCU flags with all the other Big 12 flags hoisted in front of the band. Both teams won today, by the way and we're glad to have them. The Pride of Oklahoma has started it pre-game march on the field. The energy level at the stadium is evident.

6:19 p.m. | Big 12 Play
What a way for Big 12 Conference play to start here at home for the Sooners. Ranked No. 6 in the latest AP Poll, Oklahoma hosts No. 15 Kansas State. One team will suffer its first loss of the season tonight. We'll be interested to see the crowd's impact tonight as the Sooners have never lost to a ranked team on Owen Field under Coach Stoops. Let's not snap that streak tonight!
6:08 p.m. | Warmups
The full Sooner team is on the field and starting their pre-game stretching routine. We spotted Coach Mike Stoops catching up with K-State Head Coach Bill Snyder at midfield. The full Kansas State team has yet to come out from the visitor's locker room but OU's student section seems primed to welcome them to Norman.

5:57 p.m. | Live Photo Gallery
We're updating our live Facebook photo gallery direct from the stadium throughout tonight's game. Click here or the image below to check it out. By the way, that's OU quarterback Landry Jones warming up with the TV cameras looking on. OU's game is a national telecast on FOX (kick at 6:50 p.m. Central):
5:49 p.m. | Players on Field
Oklahoma's receivers, tight ends, running backs and specialists are out on the field warming up on the south side of the field in OU's traditional crimson jerseys and helmets over white pants and shoes. To the north, K-State specialists in silver helmets and pants with white jerseys trimmed in purple are warming up. The countdown clock has gone under an hour here in Norman.
5:44 p.m. | Live From Owen Field
We're now live from right behind the team bench on the west side of Owen Field at the 50. The public gates have opened and Sooner fans are streaming in to find their seats. The OU student section (allowed access 30 minutes prior to the public) has filled from the bottom stands up. We're expecting another full house for the start of Big 12 play against the No. 15 Kansas State Wildcats.
5:12 p.m. | Oklahoma Arrives at Stadium
The sixth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners have arrived to Memorial Stadium in advance of tonight's game against No. 15 Kansas State. Who other than Kenny Stills could rock that hat?

3:28 p.m. | Schedule of Events
The following is a chronological schedule of events as fans make their way to the stadium for tonight's game in Norman:

3:00 p.m. - Sooner Fan Fest opens
4:20 p.m. - Sooner Club Tailgate opens
4:50 p.m. - OU students, suite holders enter stadium
5:20 p.m. - General public gates open to stadium
6:20 p.m. - Sooner Club Tailgate, Sooner Fan Fest close
6:50 p.m. - Kickoff (live on FOX). Beat K-State!
3:07 p.m. | More From Instagram (#BeatKstate)
Continue using the hashtag #BeatKstate as we get closer to kickoff. Sooner fans all over are taking part and showing us where and how they are representing OU on gameday.

2:43 p.m. | Live Facebook Photo Gallery
We're walking around the stadium and campus to capture all the sights surrounding gameday. Check out the Skycam, views from the top row of each end of the stadium and much more here. This gallery will be updated continuously throughout the day.
Gameday Facebook Gallery
2:16 p.m. | Woods Overcoming Fight of His Life
Junior offensive lineman Austin Woods is a daily inspiration to his Sooner teammates. Woods talks with Sooner Sports TV's Jessica Coody about his fight against Hodgkin's lymphoma in the below feature. Click here for more on Woods and his story.

2:04 p.m. | 360 View From Top of Stadium
From the roof of Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, take a look around and enjoy the breathtaking view. Click here for other dynamic ways to view the image.

12:17 p.m. | #BeatKstate
Where are you representing the Sooners today? Upload a picture to Instagram and hashtag #BeatKstate. @ou_football is looking to see where the nation's best fans are getting ready for tonight's game.

11:02 a.m. | Sooners Sweep College GameDay Picks
ESPN College GameDay analysts Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, along with guest picker and motocross star Ricky Carmichael all sided with Oklahoma to beat Kansas State tonight.
10:34 a.m. | College GameDay Talks OU v. K-State
The ESPN College GameDay crew of Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and David Pollack broke down tonight's contest between the Sooners and Wildcats. Here are some of the highlights:

LB Arthur Brown, DB Nigel Malone and QB Collin Klein were named the key "playmakers" for K-State. Check out our Wildcats to watch from Monday's Sooner Report.

Pollack: "To beat Oklahoma today, it's all about Collin Klein's arm." Pollack said he was rocking purple today because he's picking Kansas State.

Howard: "It has to be Kansas State's defensive gameplan to put pressure on (Jones). If he gets rolling, it could get ugly just like it did last year down in Manhattan."

Corso: "They have to be careful on offense and special teams. Under Stoops, Oklahoma has scored 66 touchdowns on defense and special teams. It's going to be closer than you think, but Oklahoma wins this ball game."

Herbstreit: "Don't you think this is where we find out about the move of Mike Stoops coming back to work with Bob on this defense? First real test to come up with a plan to stop Collin Klein, John Hubert and this Kansas State offense. It will be fun. You know they're going to play with a different level of enthusiasm than what we've seen so far."
8:17 a.m. | Oklahoma vs. K-State
Good morning Sooner fans and welcome to gameday! Watch for live updates throughout the day from Norman as the Sooners host the Kansas State Wildcats in the Big 12 opener for both schools. FOX has the national TV broadcast with kickoff slated for 6:50 p.m. under the lights at Owen Field. #BeatKstate




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