With each Kansas loss, some people might jump off the Charlie Weis bandwagon, but it doesn't appear his players are doing the same thing, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes.
Lacoltan Bester who connected with Sterling Shepard for 49 yards and a score that erased a 13-8 deficit and gave the Sooners the lead for good in a 34-19 victory. By Gary Bedore
Aslam Sterling was a busy man during his second start of the season at right tackle on Saturday. And that's because most of the power running plays that worked beautifully during the early portion of Kansas University's 34-19 loss to No. 18 Oklahoma went right behind the 6-foot-5, 315-pound senior, who started the season at left tackle. By Matt Tait
Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers following Kansas' 34-19 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday ...
Kansas coach Charlie Weis talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 34-19 loss to Oklahoma on Oct. 19, 2013.
Blake Bell orchestrated an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive when Oklahoma needed it in the fourth quarter, helping the No. 18 Sooners seal the game in a 34-19 victory over Kansas on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
KU took a 13-0 first-quarter lead behind a dominant early effort from its offensive line. James Sims had 11 first-quarter carries for 85 yards, and pushed that to 17 carries for 107 yards by halftime.
The Jayhawks lost momentum after a missed extra point by Matthew Wyman and an ineffective series with freshman quarterback Montell Cozart. OU scored the half's final 18 points, with two points coming on a blocked punt that Trevor Pardula knocked through the back of the end zone.
KU showed a little life late, as Josh Ford blocked an OU punt and recovered it at the OU 6. Sims scored on the next play to cut the deficit to 25-19.
The extra point was blocked and returned 98 yards for two points by OU's Aaron Colvin, though, and Bell helped the Sooners to their 75-yard scoring drive — with 11 straight runs — on the next possession.
Sims finished with 23 carries for 129 yards with two scores. KU tight end Jimmay Mundine had the other TD, a one-yard reception.
KU quarterback Jake Heaps struggled, going 5-for-13 for 16 yards.
KU (2-4) will play host to Baylor at 6 p.m. on Oct. 26.
8:23 — Jimmay Mundine 1 pass from Jake Heaps. Matthew Wyman kick. The Jayhawks forced OU to punt on the game's opening drive and then marched 10 plays and 70 yards in 4:44 to get on the scoreboard first. James Sims did most of the heavy lifting, carrying eight times for 63 yards, including a 14-yard gain on the first play from scrimmage and a 20-yard run that set up a first-and-goal at the OU nine. (KU 7, OU 0).
14:49 — James Sims 11 run. Kick failed. Keon Stowers forced a fumble on KU's third defensive possession of the game and JaCorey Shepherd recovered to give KU the ball back. After Darrian Miller ripped off a 38-yard run to get the drive going, Sims bulled his way through the middle of the line and into the end zone three plays later to put KU up two scores. The Jayhawks were helped by a pass interference call in the end zone on third and six from just outside the 20. (KU 13, OU 0).
7:05 — Jaz Reynolds 16 pass from Blake Bell. Kick failed. Like the Jayhawks earlier, the Sooners benefited from a pass interference call that negated a KU interception and kept the scoring drive alive. OU drove 55 yards in six plays and 3:09 and Bell took a shot from a heavy KU blitz as he threw the TD pass to Reynolds over the middle. (KU 13, OU 6).
4:42 — Oklahoma safety. With the Jayhawks leading 13-6 and the offense doing well, Weis inserted true freshman quarterback Montell Cozart into the game and KU went backwards on three of the four plays he was in, including a holding penalty that got the drive off to a rough start. Three plays later punter Trevor Pardula's punt was blocked by the Sooners and the KU kicker booted the ball out of the end zone for a safety. (KU 13, OU 8).
4:24 — Sterling Shepard 49 pass from Lacoltan Bester. Michael Hunnicutt kick. The Sooners took full advantage of that KU free kick a few seconds earlier by returning it to the Kansas 49. Then, on the first play of the drive, Bester, a wide receiver, took the reverse handoff and threw deep down the OU sideline to a wide open Shepard, who cruised into the end zone untouched. (OU 15, KU 13).
0:11 — Michael Hunnicutt 37 field goal. After taking over in KU territory with 2:18 to play in the half, the Sooners drove to the KU 20 and then stalled on three shots to the end zone with time winding down. That forced the easy field goal try and sent OU to the locker room on the heels of 18 unanswered points. (OU 18, KU 13).
10:47 — Shepard 10 pass from Bell. Hunnicutt kick. Oklahoma's offensive line found its rhythm on the first drive of the second half, blowing open big holes and putting the KU defense back on its heels. A pass interference call on Cassius Sendish in the end zone aided the Sooners' fifth scoring drive of the day, which spanned 58 yards and six plays in 2:58. (OU 25, KU 13).
10:15 — James Sims 6 run. Kick blocked and returned by Oklahoma's Aaron Colvin for two points. Just when the Jayhawks got back into it following a blocked punt by special teams extraordinaire Josh Ford at the OU 6, OU picked up two points when Aaron Colvin returned a blocked extra point all the way to the other end zone to keep OU's lead at a touchdown. (OU 27, KU 19).
4:19 — Damien Williams 6 run. Hunnicutt kick. Two plays after a near fumble by Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell was called down on the field and by replay, Williams darted into the end zone to put the Sooners back up by a comfortable margin. OU drove 75 yards in 5:56 to salt the game away and stave off KU's upset bid. (OU 34, KU 19).