Sooners Start Slowly, Then Cruise Past Kansas

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Oklahoma’s football team started slowly, then took charge in the third quarter and beat Kansas 45-20 at Booth Memorial Stadium in Lawrence on Saturday. The Sooners had a sluggish first half on both sides of the ball, but played better in the third quarter before a pair of late Jayhawk touchdowns made it less of a blowout. Oklahoma continued their winning streaks with the victory, their 15th in a row over Kansas, seventh in a row in Lawrence, and 22nd true road win in a row. Both teams’ first possessions ended in punts, then Kansas marched 98 yards in 9 plays for the first points. Carter  Stanley threw a 22-yard pass to Daylon Charlot for a touchdown to give the Jayhawks a 7-0 lead with 3:35 to play in the first quarter. Oklahoma responded with a six-play, 75-yard drive, with Trey Sermon scoring on a two-yard touchdown run to tie the game 7-7 with 1:26 to play in the first quarter. After stopping Kansas on downs, Oklahoma marched 58 yards in 7 plays, with Jalen Hurts pushing into the end zone on a one-yard sneak to give the Sooners a 14-7 lead with 7:51 to play in the first half. OU forced a Kansas punt, then had major problems on their next possession, as Hurts was sacked on 1st and goal, then on 2nd and goal, an attempted flea flicker resulted in a sack of Hurts for a loss of 20 yards. The Sooners ended up punting on 4th and goal from the Kansas 44-yard line and punted to the Kansas 1-yard line. OU forced KU to punt after just three downs, and CeeDee Lamb returned the punt to the Kansas 25-yard line, and a facemask penalty on KU moved it to the Jayhawks’ 10-yard line. Oklahoma scored on the next play, with Hurts passing to Lamb for the 10-yard touchdown to make it 21-7 Sooners with 31 seconds left in the first half. Hurts was 16-for-24 passing for 228 yards and two touchdowns. OU got the ball to start the second half and marched 84 yards in 10 plays to score, with Hurts keeping for a 5-yard touchdown to make it 28-7 Sooners with 10:19 to play in the third quarter. After forcing a KU punt after three downs, Oklahoma went 83 yards in 7 plays, with Hurts passing to a wide open Sermon for a 15-yard touchdown to make it 35-7 Sooners with 6:18 to play in the third quarter. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Hurts tried to pass deep to Sermon, but it was intercepted by Najee Stevens-McKenzie at the OU 34-yard line. Kansas couldn’t take advantage and turned the ball over on downs at the OU 39-yard line. On the next play, Rhamondre Stevenson went 61 yards for a touchdown to make it 42-7 Sooners with 10:45 to play. Stevenson had 109 yards rushing on just five carries. KU answered with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Stanley to Stephon Robinson to cut OU’s lead to 42-14 with 9:35 left. Oklahoma responded with a 32-yard field goal from Gabe Brkic to make it 45-14 Sooners with 4:47 to play. The Jayhawks came back with a six-play, 70-yard drive, with Stanley passing to Robinson for a 24-yard touchdown. The extra point was no good and it was 45-20 Sooners with 2:46 to play. OU’s 22-game true road winning streak is the second longest in major college football history, behind a 25-game streak by the Sooners in the Bud Wilkinson era. Oklahoma improves to 5-0 overall, 2-0 in Big 12 play. The Sooners face Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas next Saturday, October 12, at 11:00 am.  

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