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Despite Sloppy Start, Oklahoma Sooners Roll Kansas Jayhawks 45-20

NCAA Football: Oklahoma at Kansas

It certainly was an odd 24 hours in Lawrence, Kansas. On Friday night, NCAA allegations aside, the Kansas basketball program hosted rapper Snoop Dogg alongside some pole dancers and a money gun. BOLD MOVE KANSAS. I respect that but let’s not forget about the football game that took place just 12 hours afterwards at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium against the Oklahoma Sooners. 

Much like the basketball show the night before, things got off to a rainy start as the weather pushed kickoff back about thirty minutes. While some people found time to crush some extra drinks, this lady found an interesting way to kill some time before kickoff.

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What on earth could she possibly be making? Whatever it is, it was probably better than this Kansas/Oklahoma game. 

 

Much like the like ugly weather early on, this one was a bit of a sloppy start for the Sooners who came in favored heavily. Both teams traded punts to start off the day and then out of nowhere, Kansas managed to pull off a nine play, 98-yard drive that took over five minutes off the clock that was capped off by a 22-yard pass from Carter Stanley to Daylon Charlot. Not only did that score put the Jayhawks up 7-0, that was also the first time all season long that the Sooners trailed at any point in a game. 

That lead wouldn’t last long however as the Sooners would march right down the field to tie it up thanks to a Trey Sermon touchdown run. Then after a long ten play Kansas drive that chewed some clock but ended with nothing, Oklahoma used their rushing attack with quarterback Jalen Hurts to find the endzone to give the Sooners their first lead of the game up 14-7. 

That was followed by one of the more interesting drives you will see from Oklahoma as the Sooners had first and goal from the Kansas seven-yard line. After a sack, a trick play gone bad and two costly penalties, the Sooners were forced to punt on a fourth and goal from the Kansas forty-four-yard line. That’s something I never would think I would say from a Lincoln Riley offense. Luckily, it didn’t cost the Sooners anything because thanks to a great punt return from CeeDee Lamb, it just took one play for Oklahoma to find the endzone before halftime as they went into the break with a 21-7 lead. 

 

The second half would have been a great time to check in on the lady in the stands to see if she made a full sweater because it was all about the Sooners as they went on to outscore Kansas 24-13 in the second half. Don’t let that score fool you because Kansas didn’t score again until the game was well in hand. In fact, Oklahoma backup quarterback Tanner Mordecai took over about halfway in the fourth quarter to give Jalen the rest of the game off. 

In the third quarter we saw Jalen Hurts and Trey Sermon each have a rushing score while running back Rhomandre Stevenson had the final touchdown for the Sooners in the fourth quarter. While the Jayhawks scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter thanks to two Carter Stanley passes to Stephon Robinson, it was too little too late for Kansas as the Sooners won the game 45-20. At least Kansas covered the spread right?

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