- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

Iowa State (3-5, 2-3 Big 12) at No. 14 Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1), 5 p.m. (EPSN U)

Line: Oklahoma by 25.5

Series Record: Oklahoma leads 72-5-2

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Oklahoma has won three straight games by a combined margin of 180-34 after its shocking loss to Texas. The Sooners still have legitimate Big 12 title hopes, and face the conference’s undefeated No. 2 Baylor, No. 5 TCU and Nov. 12 Oklahoma State in the weeks ahead. Iowa State is coming off a 24-0 win over Texas following three consecutive losses and an offensive coordinator change.

KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma’s potent offense, which has averaged 60 points and 631 yards per game over its last three contests, against Iowa State’s defense, which had given up an average of 52 points per game in three straight losses before posting a shutout last week against Texas. Last week against Kansas, OU piled up 710 total yards of offense, with quarterback Baker Mayfield completing 27 of 32 passes for 383 yards and four touchdowns before leaving the game after one possession of the second half. Iowa State is seventh in the Big 12 and 97th in the nation in total defense, averaging 432.5 yards allowed per game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oklahoma: WR Sterling Shepard. The senior hauled in a season-high 11 receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown last week against Kansas, and leads the Sooners in all receiving categories with 43 receptions, 732 yards and six receiving touchdowns.

Iowa State: QB Joel Lanning. The sophomore will be making just his second start. In his first, last week against Texas, he completed 19 of 37 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 64 yards on 13 carries. Overall on the season, he has passed for 452 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oklahoma has won 16 straight, and is 43-1-1 in its last 45 games against Iowa State, dating back to 1961. . Of the Cyclones’ five losses this season, four are to teams that are currently undefeated and ranked (No. 10 Iowa, No. 20 Toledo, No. 5 TCU and No. 2 Baylor). . Oklahoma did not punt at all in its 62-7 win over Kansas last week, the first time that has happened under coach Bob Stoops, who took over in 1999. The Sooners have gone 27 straight possessions without punting.


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