Sooners Survive High Scoring Game to Beat Kansas

Oklahoma's football team produced a lot of points and gave up a lot to the last place team in the Big 12, but beat Kansas 55-40 at Owen Field in Norman Saturday night.

OU quarterback Kyler Murray threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 99 more and 3 scores as Oklahoma beat the Jayhawks for the 14th straight time.

The Sooner defense gave up 252 yards rushing to Pooka Williams, who did it on just 15 carries and scored two touchdowns.

Oklahoma outgained Kansas in total yards by a small margin, 566-524.

KU has lost 45 straight Big 12 road games.

After forcing a Kansas  punt on the opening possession, Oklahoma marched inside the Jayhawks' 10-yard line, until Kennedy Brooks had the ball stripped by Mike Lee and KU recovered at their own 7-yard line.

Kansas then marched 93 yards in 7 plays, with Pooka Williams gaining 39 yards on one run, then finishing the drive with a 23-yard touchdown run to give KU a 7-0 lead with 2:50 to play in the first quarter.

Oklahoma responded in just four plays, with Kyler Murray throwing to Lee Morris for a gain of 40, then Murray scoring on a 7-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7 with 1:19 to play in the first quarter.

Kansas regained the lead on a 45-yard field goal by Gabriel Rui to take a 10-7 lead with 12:02 to play in the first half.

Oklahoma took its first lead on the ensuing possession, with Murray throwing to a wide open Carson Meier over the middle for a 20-yard touchdown to cap a 7-play, 65-yard drive and it was 14-10 Sooners with 9:03 to play in the second quarter.

The Sooners next possession was a clock-eating drive, with 4:02 going off the clock and OU going 60 yards in nine plays, with Kennedy Brooks capping it on a 7-yard touchdown run to make it 21-10 Oklahoma with 18 seconds left in the first half.

The final play of the first half had Williams run and get knocked out of bounds, and he stumbled as he went down.

Players on the Kansas sideline thought OU hit him late and the two teams had to be separated before they went to the lockerroom.

On Oklahoma's first possession of the second half, Murray was intercepted by Shakiel Taylor, who returned it 10 yards to the OU 45-yard line.

Kansas scored 7 plays later, with Khalil Herbert scooting around the left end for a 3-yard touchdown to cut the Sooners' lead to 21-17 with 10:52 to play in the third quarter.

Oklahoma responded with a 13-play, 77-yard drive over 5:13, with Murray scoring on an 11-yard touchdown run to extend OU's lead to 28-17 with 5:39 to play in the third quarter.

The Sooners added to the lead on their next possession, with Brooks scoring on a 13-yard touchdown run to cap a 7-play, 51-yard drive and it was 35-17 Oklahoma with 50 seconds left in the third quarter.

Brooks had 171 yards rushing on 25 carries, getting the bulk of the carries after Trey Sermon had to leave the game early with an injury.

The fourth quarter was both teams trading scores, with only one punt and that was blocked for a touchdown.

Every other possession in the final period resulted in a touchdown.

Kansas got it started on a halfback pass from Williams to Jeremiah Booker for a 9-yard touchdown to cut the OU lead to 35-24 with 14:05 to play in the fourth.

Oklahoma answered with a big play, with Murray going 75 yards on a touchdown run to make it 41-24.

The extra point was blocked and the Sooners led by 17 with 13:44 to play.

Kansas was forced to  punt on the ensuing possession, and Brayden Willis blocked it, with Curtis Bolton scooping it up and strolling in for a touchdown and a 48-24 OU lead with 12:05 to play.

Kansas bounced back on the next possession, with Williams scoring on a 42-yard touchdown run, then Herbert adding a 2-point conversion on a run and it was 48-32 with 9:38 still left.

Oklahoma then drove 75 yards in 10 plays, with Murray throwing to Grant Calcaterra for an 11-yard touchdown to make it 55-32 Sooners with 5:25 left.

Kansas still wasn't done, as Herbert capped a 7-play, 75-yard drive with a 25-yard touchdown run.

A two point conversion pass made it 55-40 wtih 2:31 left.

Oklahoma then ran out the clock to get the win.

Before the game, Carson Meier and Dru Samia were honored as co-winners of the Don Key Award.

The Sooners improve to 10-1 overall, 7-1 in Big 12 play.

Oklahoma has won at least 10 games in 39 seasons, a national record.

Oklahoma will visit West Virginia next Friday at 7:00, with the winner advancing to the Big 12 Championship Game.