The weather conditions dictated a conservative game plan for No. 20 Oklahoma. And Mike Gaddis and the Sooner defense saw to it that the plan stood up.
Gaddis carried a career-high 35 times for 191 yards and scored three touchdowns Saturday in leading the Sooners to a 28-7 Big Eight Conference victory over Kansas State at Norman, Okla.
The defense sacked Paul Watson five times in the first half and held the Wildcats to 29 yards while Oklahoma opened a 21-0 lead.
Temperatures were in the 20s, the wind-chill factor hovered near zero and blowing snow made moving the football a chore.
"I don't think the conditions were that big a deal out there," Gaddis said. "They had to play in the same stuff, although the ball did have ice spots on it in the second half."
The Sooners improved to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big Eight with their 21st consecutive victory over the Wildcats (4-4, 1-3).
Gaddis scored all his touchdowns in the first half when the Sooners outgained Kansas State 264-29. Oklahoma finished with 385 total yards.
Gaddis' one-yard run nine minutes into the game capped a 51-yard drive.
He scored again a minute later on a five-yard run, two plays after the Sooners recovered a fumble at the 11.
The Jayhawks (5-3, 2-2) forced five turnovers in defeating Oklahoma State for the second consecutive year--the first time they have done that since 1967-68.
It was the most points Kansas has scored against Oklahoma State since a 49-14 victory in 1968 and the first time the Cowboys were shut out since 1987.
The loss dropped Oklahoma State to 0-7-1, its worst record since 1920. The Cowboys are 0-3-1 in the conference.
Iowa State 23, Missouri 22--Waylan Harding intercepted a pass on a two-point conversion attempt with four seconds left to preserve a Big Eight victory for Iowa State at Columbia, Mo.
Freshman quarterback Kevin Caldwell ran for 154 yards and a touchdown as Iowa State (3-4-1, 1-2-1) beat Missouri (3-4-1, 1-3) for the fourth consecutive time. The Tigers have not beaten Iowa State at home since 1980.
Missouri drove 70 yards in the final minute and scored on Phil Johnson's three-yard pass to Kenny Holly.