OU Sooners Sports Minute

Kansas State's Adrian Martinez (9) celebrates after scoring a touchdown Saturday night.
Kansas State's Adrian Martinez (9) celebrates after scoring a touchdown Saturday night.

Oklahoman assistant sports editor Scott Munn here with the latest edition of OU Sooner Sports Minute.

Adrian Martinez had a coming out party in Norman on Saturday night. The former Nebraska quarterback, who had struggled in three previous games this season, ran for four touchdowns and accounted for five total while leading Kansas State to a 41-34 football win over No. 6 OU.

A crowd of 84,376 sat shocked as the unranked Wildcats rolled up 509 total yards and dominated possession time. Even then, when the Sooners had the football, they were was cursed by penalties, particularly false starts. OU was flagged 11 times total for 87 yards.

Sooner quarterback Dillon Gabriel was relatively efficient, completing 26-of-39 passes for 330 yards and four touchdowns. But on this night, his counterpart was better. Much better. Martinez handed off to elusive running back Deuce Vaughn for big gains, threw to different receivers for first downs on third-and-long situations or simply ran the ball himself.

He finished with 116 yards rushing and 234 yards passing.

It was the first loss for the Sooners under coach Brent Venables, who was often shown on television taking notes with each OU miscue. And there were plenty to notate as the Sooners, who were likely exposed in some areas, try to fix the wrongs before this Saturday's 11 a.m. game at TCU.

Extra points

∎ The future of Bedlam football is in real danger. With the Sooners moving to the Southeastern Conference soon,  there doesn't appear to be enough available dates for the Sooners and Oklahoma State to meet.

"We're moving on, they're moving on," OU athletics director Joe Castiglione said. "I can only speak for us. We have a willingness and an openness to try and find a way, regardless of when it happens."

This year's Bedlam game is set for Nov. 19 at Owen Field in Norman. Depending on when the Sooners leave for the SEC, there is the potential for two more OU-OSU football meetings.

∎ OU broke ground on Love's Field, which means the start of construction on the 3,000-seat softball facility will begin soon. A standing-room-only crowd attended the ceremony on the northwest corner of South Jenkins Ave. and Imhoff Rd.

“This is going to happen,” head coach Patty Gasso said. “This is a monumental moment for us. We started right across the street over here at Reaves Park. We’ve come a long way.

“We just don't have enough seats for all of you great people and that is what is about to happen … our dream come true. I want to thank you fans. I can't tell you how important you are to us with your passion for us,”

The project will cost $42 million.

∎ OU's underclassmen trio swept the league's top volleyball honors for the fourth week of the season. Megan Wilson (offensive), Callie Kemohah (defensive) and Morgan Perkins (rookie) guided the Sooners to a 3-0 week while not dropping a single set. OU is off to its best non-conference record since 2013 (10-2).OU is the first school to sweep the league's weekly volleyball accolades since Baylor in September 2019.

∎ OU's Jordyn Kaplan earned the Big 12 Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week honor for the first time this season. Kaplan led the Sooners to their first team win in five years at the Texas Tech Open. The Dallas native finished fifth in the 6K, the highest-placed finish of five Sooners in the top 11 of the race.

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