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Explosive Sooners blow past Kansas

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing is helped up from the turf after being sacked by the Oklahoma defense. Reesing threw for 342 yards, but was intercepted twice and sacked five times in a 45-31 loss to the Sooners on Saturday in Norman, Okla.

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing is helped up from the turf after being sacked by the Oklahoma defense. Reesing threw for 342 yards, but was intercepted twice and sacked five times in a 45-31 loss to the Sooners on Saturday in Norman, Okla.

October 19, 2008

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Jayhawks fall to Sooners

It had been 11 years since the Kansas football team had defeated the Oklahoma Sooners. And with OU coming off their first loss of the year last week to Texas, the Jayhawks would need something a little extra special to knock off Oklahoma in Norman. But on Saturday, the Sooners proved to be too tough for the Jayhawks. Enlarge video

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The guys (Jesse Newell, Tom Keegan) break down KU's 45-31 loss to Oklahoma and discuss whether KU's defense can play better against next week's high-scoring opponent, Texas Tech.











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2 of 12 Kansas University's success on third-down conversions

7 of 16 Oklahoma's success on third-down conversions

0 Sacks by the Jayhawks

5 Sacks by the Sooners (for 33 yards)

269 Receiving yards by KU's Dezmon Briscoe

6.8 Yards per offensive play for the Jayhawks

6.9 Yards per offensive play for the Sooners

25 Advantage in total offensive plays run for OU (97 to 72)

468 Passing yards for OU's Sam Bradford, a school record

491 Total offensive yards for the Jayhawks (to 674 for the Sooners)

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— In the aftermath of the events that transpired inside Oklahoma's Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon - the offensive onslaught that the Oklahoma Sooners unleashed upon a visiting Kansas University football team - Darrell Stuckey stood in a cramped room in the stadium's innards and answered questions.

There were lots of them, and Stuckey, the lone defensive representative made available to reporters, spoke patiently, trying to explain how a Kansas defense known over the years for being stout and disciplined had allowed Oklahoma to pile up 674 yards of total offense.

He did the best he could. He refused to make excuses. He gave credit to a talented Sooners offense. He tried to remain positive, insisting that the Jayhawks' defensive struggles are, for the most part, correctable.

"(Oklahoma) went out there, and they ran their basic offense, and their receivers did their job," said Stuckey, a junior safety. "And a lot of times, we just didn't get where we needed to be."

The result was a 45-31 victory for fourth-ranked Oklahoma, which pushed OU's record to 58-2 at home under the direction of coach Bob Stoops.

As many expected they would, the Sooners came out firing following their loss to rival Texas the previous week. After the first quarter, the Sooners had rolled over Kansas for 252 yards of total offense, and in the ensuing 45 minutes, they hardly slowed down.

Sam Bradford, who entered Saturday's game with a trunk-load of Heisman hype, somehow managed to exceed expectations, throwing for three touchdowns and a school-record 468 yards despite playing without injured receiver Manuel Johnson, who left the game in the first quarter because of an arm injury.

Bradford finished 36-of-53 passing, completing passes to 10 receivers and, with more than enough time to sit hassle-free in the pocket, systematically picked apart a Jayhawks defense that looked out of sync.

"He's everything that they said he would be and more," said Kansas coach Mark Mangino, who fell to 0-3 against his former boss, Stoops.

Even in the wake of the defensive breakdowns - Kansas gave up a season-worst 206 rushing yards, as well as a season-high 45 points - the Jayhawks managed to keep things relatively close for much of the game. They trailed 24-17 at halftime, as receiver Dezmon Briscoe grabbed nine passes for 193 yards and a touchdown in the first two quarters.

QB Todd Reesing, despite constant pressure, made plays and kept the offense moving.

Running back Jake Sharp rushed for more than 100 yards for the second straight game, finishing with 103 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, but was kept out of the game at crucial points, including one third-quarter stretch in which he sat out consecutive series with Kansas trailing by just a touchdown.

By the start of the fourth quarter, however, when Bradford connected with tight end Kolby Smith for this third touchdown pass of the evening to make the score 45-24, the Sooners pulled away for good.

"A couple plays here, a couple plays there, you give yourself a chance," Mangino said. "But when you're playing a really good football team like OU, you can't make many mistakes."

Now, Kansas will head home and attempt to regroup as it prepares for a schedule that, with ensuing games against Texas Tech and Texas, doesn't get any easier.

Saturday's loss drops the Jayhawks to 5-2 and 2-1 in the Big 12 and puts the team in jeopardy of losing its spot among the nation's Top 25. Afterward, however, players preferred to focus on the silver lining - particularly, that the team's quest for a first-ever Big 12 North title is still very much intact.

"It's not like we came out and got upset," Reesing said, before making his way toward the team bus for what surely would be a quiet trip back to Lawrence. "People thought we were going to lose by 20 points, so we did better than most people expected."

Comments

jaywalker 6 years, 9 months ago

To those wanting to see more of the running game I think you have to consider we're using what we can on O. Last year we were much better on the ground because our tackles were great and experienced. This year we have to work backwards - use the pass to set up the run - in order to be successful, because our tackles are young and inexperienced. I think they have solid futures, but if you watched the last two games when Sharp has been solid you can tell we can't pound the ball into the line. It has to be quick and deceptive to keep the back 7 on their heels.

Judgesmails 6 years, 9 months ago

Some fascinating analysis by the LJW forum experts !eyeroll

yankeevet 6 years, 9 months ago

Last year KU had an easy footbal schedule; easy teams; etc; except for Missouri..........now this year; KU is playing high quality teams.........i predict KU will win 6 and lose 6............and oh yes here come those Texas teams!!!!

DRsmith 6 years, 9 months ago

Worse tackling I have seen in a long time.

Danimal 6 years, 9 months ago

I think aside from some terrible officiating, and bad tacking, KU played a pretty decent game. Mangino needs to bury the hatchet with Quigley and realize that he's the only smash-mouth, up the middle runner KU has this year because Jacques Crawford is just awful. KU can't be expected to beat a team like OU, yet. They're just too deep athletically, their 3rd stringers are as talented as our first string players. At least we beat the spread.Worst case scenario we finish 7-5, hopefully we can steal a game from TT and UT at home.

Write2Know 6 years, 9 months ago

The B12 South is really loaded this year. The winner of the North might only be the 4th or even 5th best team in the league.

nobody1793 6 years, 9 months ago

It seemed like KU had some undisciplined penalties and turnovers that came at really unfortunate times. You have to play a perfect game to beat a top 5 team. Were it not for those mistakes, they could have made a game out of it.Unlike mizzou who was done by the end of the 1st quarter! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

BKRJMG 6 years, 9 months ago

XD40- ummm, worst game this year? Haha, I think you need to learn the game of football then. Yes, I will admit alot of mistakes but KU was about 5 plays from winning this game. Top 5 team and we put up over 400 yards. Learn football before you make another comment like that.

Snoop 6 years, 9 months ago

"Running back Jake Sharp rushed for more than 100 yards for the second straight game, finishing with 103 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, but was kept out of the game at crucial points, including one third-quarter stretch in which he sat out consecutive series with Kansas trailing by just a touchdown."Yes KU made mistakes but just as this paragraph indicates and something that bugs me each week is that whoever calls the offensive plays tries to be too creative and over thinks the game. If they stick with Sharp, simplify the play calling on first and second downs they would have had more manageable third downs and it would have taken pressure off Todd and the O-line.I'm usually a glass half empty kind of guy, but KU's D did a decent job to stop OU at points in the game when the O was busy shooting themselves in the foot.Note to offensive coaches, once you figure out what is working, try sticking to that until your opponent stops it.

Chris Ogle 6 years, 9 months ago

Watch for better play when the Texans go down!

djgratt59 6 years, 9 months ago

Congrats to the Jayhawks for a hard fought game. It was extremely entertaining. I think we have a good chance to beat Tech this Saturday.

babejones 6 years, 9 months ago

Hey XD40Oklahoma is that good.KU is good too, only not on that level....yet.

umpinaslump 6 years, 9 months ago

Finally after reading the entire blog list I discovered a football-savy comment from the Danimal. Do you have fooball experience? It was insightful not spiteful anti-Mo. invective spewing from the lips of several of the other bloggers, You all started to lick your wounds as the clock wound down in the game. Conversely, Mizzou is going to take John Cameron Swayse's Timex advice and "take a licking and keep on ticking. "

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