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Three Thoughts on Oklahoma’s 52-42 Win Over Kansas

The Oklahoma Sooners got back on the right side of the scoreboard on Saturday as they snapped a three-game skid with a 52-42 win over the 19th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks.

It’s safe to say that Dillon Gabriel makes a difference for the Oklahoma offense as the Sooners did whatever they wanted to when they had the ball.

The Sooners improved to 4-3 (1-3 Big 12), while KU falls to 5-2 (2-2 Big 12) on the year. Here are three thoughts on the game and what it means for each team going forward.

 

Dillon Gabriel Revives Oklahoma’s Offense

The Oklahoma offense showed up in Norman on Saturday as the Sooners’ put up 52 points and 701 yards on the day, averaging 7.0 yards per play. To say that Gabriel’s presence on the field gave the Sooners a boost is an understatement. Last week’s total offensive output was matched by Oklahoma’s first-quarter production this week in terms of yardage, and that is almost assuredly a direct correlation/causation of Dillon Gabriel’s return to the lineup. At the end of the day, Gabriel went 29-42 for 403 yards and two touchdowns, and one interception. He also added a touchdown on the ground but did have two fumbles in the game; one on an option play that slipped out of his hands, and the other that was caused by his running back running knocking the ball out of his hands during a pass. Although it wasn’t a perfect performance, Sooner Nation is surely happy to see No. 8 back on the field.

Kansas Offense Still Potent Without Daniels

Last week, Jason Bean showed that he was more than capable of keeping Kansas in football games with a four-touchdown performance against TCU. Then, on the road in Norman, Bean continued to prove that he is much more than your average backup. Bean completed 16 of 27 passes for 265 yards and four touchdowns but did have two costly interceptions. He also added 41 yards on the ground and was a threat in the option game. The Kansas offense put up 42 points and 430 yards and certainly did enough to win the football game, but the Jayhawks’ defense wasn’t able to contain the Oklahoma offense whatsoever today and that was the difference in the game.

 

Oklahoma Stops the Bleeding

The Oklahoma Sooners have been reeling for nearly a month now, as they had dropped three consecutive games coming into the weekend. Sooner Nation hasn’t handled it well and it was safe to say that today’s game against Kansas was a must-win. Well, Brent Venables and the Sooners responded to a tough stretch of contests and found a way to get to the bye week with a 4-3 record. Oklahoma still has plenty of things to work on defensively, and has a long road to climb to get to a bowl game. Nonetheless, they have ended their longest losing streak since 1998 and now have a bye week to get some things ironed out and get ready to head to Ames to take on Iowa State.

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