The No. 18 Oklahoma Sooners suffered a Red-River-Rivalry loss in their past game, then proceeded to bounce back to defeat the Kansas Jayhawks 34-19 in Lawrence, Kan. despite a slow start.
Junior Blake Bell struggled in the passing game once again, throwing 131 yards on 15-of-25 passing, but did have two touchdowns to one interception.
Oklahoma found themselves down 13-0 with just over seven minutes left in the second quarter before Bell connected for the Sooners first score, a 16-yarder down the middle to senior Jaz Reynolds with 7:11 left in the first half. Michael Hunnicutt missed the extra point and the Sooners were down 13-6.
Bell’s second touchdown went to Sterling Shepard to start the second half from 10 yards out to give Oklahoma a 25-13 lead.
The Sooners (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) got two points on two different occasions. First, the Sooners were able to get to punter Trevor Pardula and block his punt attempt before Pardula kicked the ball out of the end zone. That took place 5:46 left in the second quarter and cut the Jayhawks lead to 13-8.
The second came with 10:15 left to play as the Sooners blocked Kansas’ extra-point attempt and sophomore defensive tackle Jordan Wade returned it for the other two points. That gave the Sooners a 27-19 lead after the Jayhawks had just cut it to a six-point game.
Bell added 53 rushing yards while the Sooners gained 235 rushing yards as a team. Oklahoma gained 415 yards of total offense after gaining a season-low against Texas.
Senior Damien Williams had a team-high 56 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown.
The Sooners led 18-13 at halftime.
Hunnicutt kicked a 37-yard field goal just before the half, but not before some trickery from Bob Stoops.
With 4:22 left before half, senior wide receiver Lacoltan Bester connected with Shephard for 49-yard touchdown on a razzle-dazzle end-around pass. Bester was a former quarterback in high school.
”’Lacoltan just threw a great ball,” Stoops said. ”I told him giving him the game ball that he needed to give the quarterback some lessons.”’ (YahooSports)
It was Oklahoma’s ninth straight win over the Jayhawks, and 15th straight win the week after playing the Longhorns. The Sooners have won 21 straight games following a loss.
Senior running back James Sims led Kansas with 129 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns. Not much in the passing game, as the Jayhawks only recorded 16 yards through the air on 13 attempts.
Oklahoma will return home on Oct. 26 to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders, who are 7-0 and 10th in the first BCS polls. The Sooners are 15th. The game will be played at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX.