Sooners Surge Past Jayhawks in Second Half, 47-17
Oct. 15, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas went into the locker room at halftime trailing the No. 1 team in the nation by 10 points, but the Jayhawks couldn’t sustain anything offensively in the second half as Kansas fell to Oklahoma, 47-17, on Saturday evening, in Memorial Stadium.
With the loss, Kansas dropped to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in Big 12 play, while the Oklahoma improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in conference action.
Kansas running backs James Sims and Darrian Miller provided a good one-two punch in the backfield for the Jayhawks as Sims finished with 75 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown. Miller added 15 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown.
The Sooners struck first as quarterback Landry Jones connected with wide receiver Kenny Stills from 17 yards out to give Oklahoma a 7-0 lead with 11:32 left in the first quarter. The drive started on the Kansas 35-yard line thanks to a 33-yard punt return from Ryan Broyles.
Oklahoma would then add a 36-yard field goal by Mike Hunnicutt to extend their lead to 10-0 midway through the first quarter.
Then, on a fourth-and-one from their own 44-yard line late in the first quarter, KU head coach Turner Gill gambled and sent his offense back onto the field following an injury to offensive lineman Jeremiah Hatch.
The gamble paid off as sophomore quarterback Jordan Webb pitched the ball on a broken play to running back James Sims and from there Sims would do the rest. Sims broke one Sooner tackle and dashed down the left sideline 56 yards to the end zone, cutting OU’s lead to 10-7 with 2:59 left in the first quarter.
On the ensuing Oklahoma offensive possession, KU freshman safety Victor Simmons forced and recovered a fumble at the Sooners’ 25-yard line. The turnover led to a 36-yard field goal by Kansas freshman kicker Alex Mueller to tie the game 10-10 with just over 11 minutes left in the first half.
Oklahoma answered right back as the Sooners marched 70 yards in nine plays, capped off by an eight-yard scamper from running back Roy Finch.
Following a Kansas punt, Jones connected with his go-to receiver Ryan Broyles on a 57-yard pitch and catch to stretch the lead 24-10 with just under eight minutes left in the first half. The catch for Broyles, made him the NCAA all-time leader for career receptions.
Not to be outdone, the Kansas offense struck right back with a two-yard touchdown run by Miller. The touchdown run was set-up when Webb found running back Rell Lewis for a 26-yard gain, on a third-and-11, cutting across the field as Webb escaped pressure in the backfield.
However, the Sooner defense came out of the locker room after halftime and shut down the Kansas offense. The Jayhawks had one first down and were held to just six yards for the entire second half.
Kansas is home again next Saturday, Oct. 22, when the Jayhawks host their in-state rivals, No. 17/18 Kansas State Wildcats at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT and will be broadcast on FSN.