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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Franks’ pick-six sparks Sooners

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing hangs his head after a failed pass attempt in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma Friday, Oct. 24, 2009.

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing hangs his head after a failed pass attempt in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma Friday, Oct. 24, 2009.

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Oklahoma defeated KU, 35-13 Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 at Memorial Stadium.

Oklahoma cornerback Dominique Franks actually felt as if he were the intended receiver — not a ball-hawking defender — on one of the biggest plays in the Sooners’ 35-13 rout of Kansas on Saturday afternoon in Memorial Stadium.

“When he pumped it, with his shoulder to me, I was like, ‘He’s throwing it to me,’’’ Franks said of KU quarterback Todd Reesing, whose second-down pass in the direction of KU’s Bradley McDougald was intercepted by Franks and returned 85 yards for a shocking score.

The pick-six, on a second-and-goal call from the OU 14, was a huge momentum-changer.

Instead of KU completing a possible game-tying drive, the Sooners went ahead by two scores, 14-0, just 1:19 into the second quarter.

“It was a bubble slant,” Franks said of KU’s designed play. “He (Reesing) looked for the slant, but my safety played it. We had great pressure on him, so he tried to turn and not take a sack. He threw it, and I happened to be standing there.”

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior from Tulsa — who is one of the leading candidates to win the Thorpe Award, which goes to the country’s top defensive back — sprinted 85 yards with no Jayhawk in his way.

“Just hold onto it and score,” Franks said of his thoughts while racing downfield alone. “I kind of looked up at the Jumbotron as I was running to make sure there wasn’t anybody behind me. It was exciting. I was glad to help my team out and score points.”

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said the play was monumental.

“They had the momentum, and we take it all the way back. That was big,” Stoops said.

OU picked off three of Reesing’s passes and sacked the KU standout three times.

“I thought defensively we were special, outstanding in how we played in every position,” Stoops said. “I complimented Brian Jackson (senior cornerback). He had a huge game being nose-to-nose with Dezmon Briscoe quite a bit of the day.”

Wide receiver Briscoe, who bobbled, then dropped, a certain TD pass that could have cut a 14-3 deficit to 14-10 (KU settled for a field goal before half to make it 14-6), finished with seven catches for 60 yards.

Briscoe had 269 receiving yards in a loss to Oklahoma last season at OU.

“We watched on film ... they didn’t like playing man coverage,” Franks said. “We wanted to get up there and crowd the line and not give those guys great releases. If we got up on them every time, we knew our D-line was going to get great pressure, get a sack or force him to throw the ball away or, better yet, get a turnover.”

Stoops was thrilled with an OU defense that also performed well in last week’s 16-13 loss to Texas.

“Two weeks in a row we’ve shut down good teams. Those are explosive offenses,” Stoops said. “Our defense came up with some big turnovers, pressure, sacks.”

“We are getting better every week,” said OU defensive end Jeremy Beal, who had an interception as well as four tackles. “To hold an offense like that to 13 points ... that’s a great job.”

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rastameta 10 years, 3 months ago

“We watched on film ... they didn’t like playing man coverage,” Franks said. “We wanted to get up there and crowd the line and not give those guys great releases. If we got up on them every time, we knew our D-line was going to get great pressure, get a sack or force him to throw the ball away or, better yet, get a turnover.”

I wish a Bowen coordinated defense could watch film and learn these things about an offense and then take it away on game day.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 3 months ago

Rasta - I thought that quote was interesting also, because I seem to recall them talking glowingly in the past about getting man-man coverage.

That pick really did seem the change the tone of the game. It probably didn't help that it replicated the CU start as well.

kansaspike 10 years, 3 months ago

I can't think of a worse pass in Reesing's career.

The last three home games against Big 12 South teams have just been embarrasing disasters.

FlaHawk 10 years, 3 months ago

Reesing pass to Frank's is a text book example of a momentum changer and should be taught across the land. Iagree that Reesing's throw was probably one of the worst moments in a valiant carrer of Todd's. He just plain stunk yesterday and the last couplo f games, heck the whole season, he has been OFF.

Todd is the only reason KUHas a chance, but Ithink he has NOT improved since his Sophmore year and teams now know how to minimize and marginalize his abilities. KU kepted him in the pocket way to long and OU has a great front four that kept him contained. OU DBs are much more athletic anyone KU has played.

I was realy impressed by OU they were really banged up on offense and thin in numbers on defense, but they kicked KUbutt the whole game. Even at the end, when OUDefense was very tired they kept at it and shut KUdown TOTALLY!

eastcoasthawk 10 years, 3 months ago

That pick six was predictable. The Sooners were showing that they were not only playing tight but also jumping short pass lanes on mulitple occasions prior to that pick. Why the hell Warriner and Todd were oblivious to it boogles my mind. FlaHawk is absolutely correct in that Todd has maximized his abilities and the book on defending him is out.

I am not giving up on this team as there is improvement to be had. Warriner needs to sharpen his play book and needs to get a real hurry up offense to knock D's off their game. On special teams the return units just plain out suck. Nobody is hitting any body. That first return had 3 guys hitting Dez for free. Ridiculous. Our D just needs to keep saw'in wood.

Sparko 10 years, 3 months ago

I told my wife after they jumped a route on the other end, and just missed a completion to Meier, that that had better be the last lateral pass of the day. Oh was that a bad pass. I could have taken it to the house. It is possible that Mangino could have taken it to the house. It was a silly, silly, stupid, pass. Unlike Kansas, they played tight coverage. BOWEN could learn something. But Reesing was terrible. Like he had somewhere else to be.

Blake Post 10 years, 3 months ago

dagger.... which pick? take your pick. On a brighter note... nebraska lost and is suffereing the slow death I predicted. NU is mediocre and now Tech killed em and clones beat em. NU could lose any or all of it games now... course, couldn't we all in the north

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