KEYS TO THE GAME
Start fast — K-State has to start fast against the Sooners. There’s no other way to beat OU on its home field. OU is 78-3 at home under Bob Stoops and undefeated when scoring at least 40 points. The Wildcats have to score early and keep the Sooners off the board. If K-State has to play catch-up, it could be a very long night in Norman.
No turnovers — The Wildcats need to protect the ball Saturday night, especially in front of a hostile OU home crowd. Last week, K-State was careless with the ball — that can’t happen this week. OU will get its chances anyway, K-State can’t afford to give the Sooners gifts.
Control the game — The Wildcats are at their best when they control the flow of the game, dominate the time-of-possession and run the ball, something they got away from against North Texas.
• The Sooners are 78-3 under Stoops in Norman, Okla. — including a 35-1 record in September. K-State’s last win at Oklahoma was in 1997.
• Snyder is 54-5 in games played in September, with three of those losses coming on the road. Snyder has won his last three Big 12 openers.
• OU has won five straight in the series, including eight of the last nine meetings in the series. The Sooners are 14-0 under Stoops at home against ranked teams and 44-2 at home against the Big 12.