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Eric Gray powers Oklahoma to win at Iowa State

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Oct 29, 2022; Ames, Iowa, USA;  Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Myles Purchase (5) knocks the ball out from Oklahoma Sooners running back Eric Gray (0) during the first quarter in the Big 12 Conference game  at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nirmalendu Majumdar/Ames Tribune-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Ames Tribune-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Gray ran for 101 yards and a touchdown to lead Oklahoma to a 27-13 win over Iowa State in Big 12 action on Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

Cyclones quarterback Hunter Dekkers was intercepted three times, the final coming with just more than five minutes remaining when Sooners linebacker Danny Stutsman grabbed an ill-advised pass and returned it 37 yards to the Iowa State 2.

Two plays later, Gray scored from 4 yards out on a direct snap to give Oklahoma some breathing room.

The Sooners (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) have won back-to-back games to move within a win of securing bowl eligibility for the 24th consecutive season.

Iowa State (3-5, 0-5) has lost five consecutive games by a combined 28 points. The Cyclones rushed for just 66 yards.

Oklahoma took a 20-6 lead late in the third quarter when Dillon Gabriel found Jalil Farooq wide open for a 41-yard touchdown.

It was just the Sooners’ third play of the game to gain more than 15 yards. All came from Farooq, who finished with 74 receiving yards and 26 rushing yards.

Gabriel completed 15 of 26 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown.

The Cyclones pulled within seven early in the fourth quarter, scoring their only touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Dekkers to Jaylin Noel to cut Oklahoma’s lead to 20-13.

Dekkers was 37-of-57 passing for 312 yards and a score.

The Sooners took a 13-6 lead into halftime thanks to some trickery.

Early in the second quarter, Oklahoma lined up for a short field goal after Gray was stopped for a loss and third-and-goal from the 1.

Holder Michael Turk pitched the ball forward to kicker Zach Schmit, who cut to his left and easily found the end zone for the game’s first touchdown to break a 3-3 tie.

Schmit scored all 13 of the Sooners’ first-half points.

Xavier Hutchinson had a team-high 10 catches for 72 yards for the Cyclones.

–Field Level Media