Coming off a big win against Texas, the Oklahoma Sooners were a little slow out the gates, before running away from Kansas in a 47-17 win.
Oklahoma was out of rhythm early on, while Kansas came out swinging, doing its best to atone for an embarrassing 70-28 beatdown at the hands of Oklahoma State the previous weekend. The Cowboys raced to a 56-7 lead, and had to bench some starters, including QB Brandon Weeden, before halftime.
The Jayhawks can take some positives out of this game. They hang tight with Oklahoma, holding them to a late field goal after a spirited goal-line stand, bringing the score to 27-17 at the half.
The defense that had only registered 2 takeaways the entire season, picked up three on the night; including a recovered fumble that resulted in a game tying field goal early in the 2nd quarter. The highlight of the evening however, was holding Oklahoma to 4 field goals, and only 1 red zone touchdown. And while the Jayhawks defense is ranked among the worst in the nation statistically, they made the Sooners offense work well into the 4th quarter. Not bad at all, eh?
The Sooners' offense wasn't as crisp as the week before, but they still totaled over 600 yards, put up47 points, and may have just found themselves a somewhat reliable kicker in Michael Hunnicutt. Landry Jones passed for over 300 yards and 3TDs despite misfiring at the beginning.
Oklahoma's defense had a little bit of a shaky first half, giving a couple of big plays that included a 56 yard TD run by James Sims on "4th & 6"; which helped pad Kansas rush total to over 100 yards in the 1st quarter alone. Not too many teams can brag about that.
That was as good as it got for the Jayhawks offense, before the Sooners rolled up their sleeves and proceeded to close shop. There weren't any turnovers in this trip, but they did get 5 QB sacks, limited Kansas to just a little over 250 yards on offense; and more importantly, kept them off the scoreboard.
The spotlight, however, was reserved for Ryan Broyles who would 2 career records on the night. His 57 yard TD catch midway through the 2nd quarter moved him into 1st place as the NCAA's all-time receptions leader; a record that had stood for 7 years, set by former Purdue standout Taylor Stubblefield. Broyles 2nd touchdown catch of the night pushed his career total to 44 receiving TDs, a new Big 12 record. He finished with 13 receptions for 217 yards, and 2 TDs.
All in all, it may not have looked good early on, but Oklahoma put its foot down when it really mattered most. You can be sure that there'll be a lot of things to work on as the Sooners prepare to welcome Texas Tech next Saturday.