Sooners beats Jayhawks, 34-19

It wasn't the start that Oklahoma wanted, but they certainly got the finish they needed.

The Sooners fell in a 13-0 hole to the Kansas Jayhawks, but then rallied to score 25 straight to put the game out of reach, and won 34-19. 

Wichitian Blake Bell had a solid game for the Sooners, while James Sims starred for the Jayhawks, especially in the first half.

Sims had 17 carries for 107 yards in the first half, and finished with 23 carries for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

For OU, Bell finished 15/25 for 131 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed 10 times for 53 yards.

The game featured momentum swings, both quarter to quarter, and even within a single play.

Early in the fourth quarter KU blocked an Oklahoma punt, and got the ball on the six yard line. James Sims punched it in on the next play, but the extra point was blocked, and the Sooners took the block all the way back and scored a defensive 2-pt conversion. Instead of KU gaining seven points on OU, it was only a four point swing.

The game featured two blocked punts, with OU blocking a Jayhawk punt in the first half as well.

Kansas next faces Baylor at home on the 26th of October, while Oklahoma will host #16 Texas Tech.

The Jayhawks are now 2-4, 0-3 in the Big 12. Oklahoma improved to 6-1, 3-1 in the Big 12.


Halftime Update

It's been 23 games since the Kansas Jayhawks last won a conference game, but you wouldn't know it by how the 'Hawks started the game today against #18 Oklahoma.

Kansas fired out to a 13-0 lead before OU responded with 18 straight points to take a 18-13 halftime lead.

The Kansas defense held the Sooners to a three-and-out to start the game, and after a dominant defensive showing, the offense did the same.

KU took 10 plays to methodically drive down the field and score on a Jake Heaps to Jimmay Mundine 1-yard touchdown pass. James Sims was featured on the drive, running the ball on eight of the 10 plays. Sims finished the first drive with 63 yards.

After trading punts, OU began to drive when a Keith Ford fumble gave KU the ball back again, and the Jayhawks drove down for another touchdown, and a 13-0 lead. Matthew Wyman missed the extra point.

With 10 minutes left in the second quarter, OU finally kicked the offense into gear.

Wichita native Blake Bell led the Sooners on a 6-play 55-yard scoring drive that featured two pin-point passes from Bell, first to Jalen Saunders for 25 yards, which got the Sooners to the 14 yard line, and then 3 plays later found Jaz Reynolds in the back of the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown pass, and OU only trailed by one score.

After holding the KU offense to a three-and-out, OU blocked the Kansas punt, and KU punter Trevor Pardula was forced to kick the blocked punt out of the back of the end zone to give OU a 2-point safety, and 13-8 deficit.

After receiving the ensuing kickoff, OU used a trick play to take the lead. Blake Bell handed off to  running back Brennan Clay, who flipped the ball to receiver Lacoltan Bester. Bester then found Sterling Shepard deep for a 49-yard touchdown pass, and just like that, KU was trailing the Sooners 15-13.

OU threatened late in the half, but three straight Bell incompletions forced OU to kick a field goal, and lead 18-13 at the half.

Bell has rushed 4 times for 36 yards, and is 8/14 passing for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Jake Heaps is 4/7 passing for 18 yards and touchdown. James Sims has been the biggest factor for KU, and has 17 carries for 107 yards at the half.