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Oklahoma defeats Kansas, 34-19

  • 2:30 p.m., Oct. 19, 2013
  • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS

FINAL: Late drive helps No. 18 Oklahoma seal 34-19 win over KU

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.

Box score


First Quarter

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).

Second Quarter

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).

Third Quarter

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).

Fourth Quarter

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).


Aaron Paisley 6 years, 4 months ago

Why was Cozart's redshirt burned to come in and run the same set of plays that Cummings was running when he came in? What benefit did KU gain from doing this? Cozart is now only going to have 3 years of eligibility after this year instead of 4 and if this is the package he's going to be running, let Cummings run because it's the same package that Cummings was running and it wouldn't burn the redshirt of the QB of the future. I would rather have Cozart for 3 years after Heaps is gone or for 4 years if he wins the job next year. Now it's going to be 2 years after Heaps or 3 if he wins the job next year. I just don't understand the logic to burn Cozart's redshirt to have him come in and run the same package Cummings was running. I also don't understand the logic of bringing him in at the time Weis brought him in at. KU was doing just fine with Heaps handing it off to Sims and Miller with the occasional play action thrown in (about time that became a factor in the offense) and the Cozart series is when KU's momentum on offense died. The only difference between today and the Texas Tech game was KU didn't turn the ball over so that kept today's game from being the blowout the Tech game was.

Ethan Berger 6 years, 4 months ago

Or he wins that job this year and it's 3 1/2 years and gets game experience, that's what I am hoping.

Cora Smith 6 years, 4 months ago

Concur. Why did they not allow him to adlib or at least throw to back the defense off?

Sam Brockert 6 years, 4 months ago

You get 5 to play 4. You don't have to be a freshman to redshirt so he could redshirt next year and have 3 years after heaps.

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