Perine Breaks NCAA Record As OU Beats Kansas in Rain, 44-7

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On a rainy day in Norman, Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine set an NCAA single game record for rushing yards, as the Sooners football team beat  Kansas 44-7 at Owen Field on Saturday afternoon.

Perine rushed for 427 yards on 34 carries and scored five touchdowns as OU's running game dominated the Jayhawks before a less-than-capacity Memorial Stadium crowd.

The start of the game was delayed an hour and a half due to lightning in the area.

Once it did start, neither team could get a first down on their opening possession.

It took Oklahoma just one play to score on their second possession, as Samaje Perine scooted outside around the left side and went untouched for a 49-yard touchdown run to put the Sooners on top 7-0 with 11:24 to play in the first quarter.

Oklahoma forced Kansas to punt, but a high snap went through Jayhawk punter Trevor Pardula's hands, and Eric Striker recovered the loose ball at the Kansas 21-yard line.

The Sooners gave it right back two plays later, as Keith Ford fumbled and KU's T.J. Semke recovered at the Jayhawk 9.

It was the first lost fumble of the season for OU running backs.

Kansas couldn't get a first down after the fumble and had to punt, and OU drove into field goal range, where Michael Hunnicutt kicked a 39-yarder to make it 10-0 Sooners with 2:46 to play in the first quarter.

Both offenses struggled to move the ball the next several possessions until Oklahoma added to their lead midway through the second quarter, going 82 yards in nine plays to a touchdown.

Once again it was Perine scoring, this time on a 33-yard run, his 16th touchdown of the year to break Adrian Peterson's OU freshman record for touchdowns, and make it 17-0 Sooners with 6:05 to play in the first half.

The OU defense once again clamped down on the Jayhawks, and the Sooners marched to another score.

Perine was the workhorse again, carrying the ball four times on the five-play, 74-yard drive, and capping the drive with an untouched 34-yard touchdown run to give OU a 24-0 lead with 1:41 to play in the first half.

Perine's TD put him at 222 yards rushing for the game, the most rushing yards in a half in school history, breaking Peterson's record of 210 against Oklahoma State in 2005.

It also gave him his third 200-yard rushing game of the season to tie Peterson's OU freshman record.

Kansas had just 48 total yards at halftime.

After stopping Kansas on three plays to start the second half, OU took just one snap to score on their opening possession of the third quarter.

Perine raced 66 yards for his fourth touchdown run, with only one Jayhawk laying a hand on him on his way to the end zone.

The touchdown made it 31-0 OU with 13:56 to play in the fourth quarter, and put Perine had 288 yards rushing for the game, the third most in a game in Sooner history, and just seven shy of breaking Greg Pruitt's school record of 294 set in 1971 against Kansas State.

The next Kansas offensive snap was a turnover, as Michael Cummings was intercepted by Ahmad Thomas at the 50-yard line.

Oklahoma gave it right back on the next play, as Keith Ford fumbled and Cassius Sendish returned it 63 yards for the Jayhawks touchdown, cutting the OU lead to 31-7 with 13:34 to play in the third quarter.

Perine broke Pruitt's record with his first carry on the ensuing possession, gaining 8 yards.

His next carry put him past 300 yards for the game, going 25 yards to the Kansas 39.

OU's drive bogged down and the Sooners settled for a 37-yard field goal from Hunnicutt to make it 34-7 Oklahoma with 9:30 to play in the third quarter.

Kansas once again couldn't manage a first down, and Zack Sanchez returned a short Jayhawk punt to the KU 35-yard line.

Oklahoma snapped the ball four times on their drive and gave it to Perine every time, the last of which was a 27-yard touchdown, his fifth of the game, to put the Sooners on top 41-7 with 6:04 to play in the third quarter.

His fifth score gave Perine 375 rushing yards for the game.

On Perine's first carry of the fourth quarter, an eight-yard run, he broke the Big 12 single game rushing record of 378 yards held by Troy Davis of Iowa State.

Perine's next carry got him the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision record for rushing yards in a game, breaking off a run of 43 yards to the Kansas 34-yard line.

It broke the record of 408 set just last Saturday by Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin against Nebraska.

OU took a timeout to celebrate Perine's record, which is now 427 yards.

The NCAA all-division record for rushing yards in a game is 465 by Cartel Brooks of Heidelberg, set just last November against Baldwin Wallace.

Perine was taken out of the game after getting the record and OU had to settle for a 36-yard field goal by Hunnicutt to make it 44-7 with 8:02 to play.

Oklahoma gained 549 total yards, 510 of those rushing.

Cody Thomas was just 3 of 13 passing for 49 yards.

OU wide receiver Sterling Shepard tried to play and returned a punt, but had to leave the game after the punt return, as he continues to nurse a groin injury.

The Sooners improved to 8-3 overall, 5-3 in conference play.

Kansas drops to 3-8, 1-7 in the Big 12.

Oklahoma closes out the regular season in two weeks when they host Oklahoma State on December 6 in Norman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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