Lawrence, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - The 18th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners stayed
perfect in games immediately following the Red River Rivalry under the
guidance of Bob Stoops.
Blake Bell threw two touchdown passes in the Sooners' 34-19 victory over the
Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday.
Bell completed 15-of-25 passes for 131 yards and an interception for the
Sooners (6-1, 3-1 Big 12), who bounced back from a 36-20 loss to Texas last
weekend. Under Stoops, Oklahoma is now 15-0 in games immediately following its
Red River Rivalry contest versus Texas, including a 7-0 mark against Kansas.
Damien Williams carried the ball 15 times for 56 yards and a score for the
Sooners, who have now won 21 consecutive games immediately following a
regular-season loss dating back to 2004.
Sterling Shepard caught seven passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns for the
"At halftime we got the adjustments ironed out and where we needed to be and
played really well during all of the same plays during the second half," said
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops.
Jake Heaps connected on just 5-of-13 passes for 16 yards and a touchdown for
the Jayhawks (2-4, 0-3), who have lost three in a row. James Sims carried the
ball 23 times for 129 yards and two scores.
"It's the best (running game) we've had in a while and running against a good
defense too. Going in we had to try to control the ball, I thought James
(Sims) and Darrian (Miller) both ran the ball very well," Kansas head coach
Charlie Weis said.
The Jayhawks actually got off to a fast start, scoring a touchdown on their
first possession. Sims carried the ball eight times during a 10-play series
that Jimmay Mundine capped with a 1-yard TD catch.
Oklahoma running back Keith Ford fumbled near the end of the first quarter.
Kansas started from its own 32 and Darrian Miller ripped off a 38-yard run on
the first play. A defensive pass interference penalty on the first play of the
second stanza put the ball at the 11-yard line. Sims' 11-yard TD run was
followed by a missed extra point.
After the teams traded punts, Oklahoma took over at its own 45 with over 10
minutes remaining in the half. A defensive pass interference penalty and Jalen
Saunders' 25-yard catch moved the ball to the Kansas 14. Jaz Reynolds capped
the drive with a 16-yard TD catch. Michael Hunnicutt missed the extra point.
The Jayhawks went three-and-out and were forced to punt. Matt Dimon blocked
the punt and Kansas punter Trevor Pardula kicked the ball out of the end zone
for a safety.
Oklahoma needed just one play to take the lead. Wide receiver Lacoltan Bester
threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Shepard, making it 15-13.
Hunnicutt added a 37-yard field goal with 11 seconds left to give Oklahoma a
The Sooners continued to roll in the early stages of the third period. A
defensive pass interference penalty put Oklahoma at the Kansas 10-yard line.
Shepard then caught a 10-yard TD pass to make it a 25-13 game.
Kansas had a chance to get back in the game with over 10 minutes left in the
fourth stanza. The Jayhawks blocked a punt and took over at the six of
Oklahoma. Sims then scampered into the end zone for a 6-yard score.
But the Sooners quickly gained some momentum back by blocking the ensuing
extra point. Aaron Colvin picked up the loose ball and raced down the left
sideline and into the end zone for a two-point defensive conversion.
Oklahoma followed with a game-clinching drive that took almost six minutes off
the clock. Roy Finch's 23-yard run helped set up Williams' 6-yard TD run,
making it a 34-19 game with 4:19 to play.
Oklahoma has dominated the all-time series with Kansas, 71-27-6. The Sooners
are 9-0 versus the Jayhawks under Stoops ... Bell carried the ball 10 times
for 53 yards ... Oklahoma racked up 415 yards of total offense.
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