Chaos in the Big 12 started early. Oklahoma struggled for much of the first half, as Kansas moved the ball methodically down the field. The Sooner offense was stymied in their first drive, and the Jayhawks took a 7-0 lead on their second.
For the second straight year, the Oklahoma defense didn’t have an answer for Kansas star running back Pooka Williams. The sophomore averaged 6.0 yards per carry, Kansas receiver Stephon Robinson had 131 yards receiving on 5 receptions. Carter Stanley threw for 3 touchdowns. But the big story for the Sooners was that the defense didn’t break, only allowing 7 points until the score was 42-7 with 10 minutes left in the game.
The Kansas defense was again without leading tackler Dru Prox, who has been out for 2 weeks with a shoulder injury. They stymied the Oklahoma offense quite often in the first half, and even forced a ridiculous 3rd and goal from the KU 49. But clock mismanagement and suspect play-calling allowed the Sooners to take a 14-point halftime lead.
Ultimately, the superior depth and talent of the Sooners took over. Jalen Hurts dominated, throwing for 2 touchdowns and running for 2 more. Trey Sermon ran for 71 yards and a touchdown. Rhamondre Stevenson added 109 yards and a score in the second half. The Sooners racked up 277 yards receiving, but no individual receiver caught more than 2 passes. In all, 13 different players caught a pass, including Hurts.
It took a bit longer than most expected, but Oklahoma was able to put the Jayhawks away early in the second half. The main takeaway from this game is for Kansas. Despite the loss of Khalil Herbert, the team will rebound and be competitive in many more games this season. As for the Sooners, they should be just fine.