Sooners Overcome Sluggish Start to Beat Jayhawks
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Down 13-0 early in the 2nd quarter, it appeared that the Oklahoma Sooners were still trying to shake off their hangover from a loss to Texas the previous weekend. However, they soon regrouped, going on to outscore Kansas 34-6, and extending the Jayhawks conference drought to 24 games.
Kansas, like Texas the previous week, ran the ball into the heart of Oklahoma's defense early and often, to similar results. The Sooners were able to make the necessary defensive adjustments to take control of the game thereafter.
It is not very often that you see the Sooners resort to a "trick play", but Sterling Shepard's touchdown reception from Lacoltan Bester's pass off an end-around, harkened to days when it wasn't uncommon to see Bob Stoops pull one just because he could. The resulting score gave Oklahoma the lead for good.
In my pre-game article, I had mentioned Kansas QB, Jakes Heaps, as the player to watch. Despite an early touchdown pass for the game's opening score, Heaps was only held to 16 yards for the entire game. The lone bright spot for the Jayhawks offense was running back James Sims, who finished with 23 carries for 129 yards, and two touchdowns.
And while Blake Bell seemed much improved from the week before, the Sooners are yet to establish a the kind of passing game that has mostly been their MO in seasons past. Just like in all of their wins this season, it was the running game that helped put away the game.
The Sooners now extend their winning streak to 15 games in the matchups following the Red River Rivalry weekend, with Kansas being on the receiving end of 7 of those.
Next on the schedule for the Sooners is Texas Tech. Two years ago, the Red Raiders stunned the 3rd ranked Sooners 41-38, ending any discussion of a possible national title run.