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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Oklahoma blasts Kansas, 56-3

Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook (11) makes a catch for a touchdown ahead of Kansas cornerback Brandon Stewart (8) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct.29, 2016.

Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook (11) makes a catch for a touchdown ahead of Kansas cornerback Brandon Stewart (8) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct.29, 2016.

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— Oklahoma didn’t have injured running back Samaje Perine, who two years ago torched Kansas with an NCAA-record 427 rushing yards, Saturday night at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

Nor did the Sooners need him.

KU’s inept offense and the versatility and speed of Oklahoma’s wide receiver/return man DeDe Westbrook were more than enough for the Sooners to shake a slow start and run away with a 56-3 victory in front of a homecoming crowd of 86,301 spectators.

KU’s offense yet again failed to take advantage of strong defensive play early in the game.

The same Oklahoma offense that amassed 854 yards the previous week in a victory vs. Texas Tech, did not score Saturday in the first quarter, which ended with OU leading, 7-3, thanks to a special teams touchdown.

Westbrook Westbrook, Oklahoma’s wide receiver/return man blessed with sprinter’s speed, creased the goal line before the closest Kansas player made it to the 10-yard line.

Westbrook’s 71-yard punt return, scored with 9:56 left in the first quarter, broke a scoreless tie. At the point Westbrook cross the goal line, no KU player had reached the 10-yard line.

Kansas responded with a drive that started at its 25 and stalled at the Oklahoma 6 on fourth and three. Matthew Wyman put the Jayawks (1-7) on the board with a 23-yard field goal.

On the ensuing kickoff, Westbrook took off for the races again and made it all the way to the end zone, but a yellow flag on the turf granted Kansas a stay of execution. Holding, an 80-yard break.

Two plays later, the momentum swung in KU’s favor. Westbrook sprinted right seeking daylight and freshman safety Mike Lee hit him hard, popping the football high in the air. Daniel Wise caught it, returned it four yards and celebrated, giving KU possession at the OU 25.

Unlike the defense, which cashed in on the break gifted by the holding penalty, the offense didn’t know what to do with prosperity. On first down, Cozart threw into triple coverage and was picked off at the OU 2.

The KU defense kept its shutout going until Baker Mayfield didn’t need much room to thread a laser to the back of the end zone to Westbrook. Brandon Stewart’s coverage wasn’t bad, but it needed to be perfect to deny that tandem a touchdown and Oklahoma went up 14-3 with 10:22 left in the first half.

By halftime, the lead had ballooned to 28-3 and to 56-3 by late in the third quarter, by which time OU’s second-stringers were in the game.

The lowlight of the second half for Kansas came when Jordan Evans returned a Cozart interception 33 yards for a touchdown. He ran about 53 yards on the play because when he reached the 22 and saw a sea of white uniforms, he turned around, ran backward for 10 yards, turned around again, retraced his steps, and didn’t stop running until he had scored.

HOW THEY SCORED

FIRST QUARTER

9:56 — Dede Westbrook 71-yard punt return. Austin Seibert kick. (OU 7, KU 0.)

3:32 — Matt Wyman 23-yard field goal. Sixteen-play drive for 69 yards in 6:24. (OU 7, KU 3.)

SECOND QUARTER

10:22 — Baker Mayfield 41-yard pass to Westbrook. Seibert kick. Six-play drive for 67 yards in 1:51. (OU 14, KU 3.)

3:35 — Mayfield 15-yard pass to Mark Andrews. Seibert kick. Seven-play drive for 66 yards in 3:33. (OU 21, KU 3.)

0:20 — Mayfield nine-yard pass to Dimitri Flowers. Seibert kick. Six-play drive for 50 yards in 0:33. (OU 28, KU 3.)

THIRD QUARTER

11:09— Joe Mixon one-yard run. Seibert kick. Nine-play drive for 75 yards in 3:51. (OU 35, KU 3.)

8:50 — Mayfield seven-yard pass to Geno Lewis. Seibert kick. Three-play drive for 68 yards in 1:09. (OU 42, KU 3.)

7:58 — Jordan Evans 33-yard interception return. Seibert kick. (OU 49, KU 3.)

2:30 — Devin Montgomery 10-yard run. Seibert kick. Six-play drive for 86 yards in 2:56. (OU 56, KU 3.)

Comments

Michael Lorraine 7 months ago

The OU offense, no surprise but 120 yards passing against the 126th ranked passing defense. Come on.

Jeremy Morris 7 months ago

OU's Defense and Special Teams scored more tonight than our offense. Pitiful.

Richard Duran 7 months ago

Its time to ditch the Chuck and Duck and get back to a deep ball passing game. he's got the recievers to make it go, and his running backs aren't bad. His play calling is atrocious.

Layne Pierce 7 months ago

We should use every bit of the play clock, like Mangino and Mason did in the beginning, and try to keep the games closer. This run and gun krap is not working, plain and simple.

Does it take a better line to run than pass, maybe, but put the best at doing both on the field, and simply fight for the time of possession. This will at least help with recruiting. What does a recruit who see 56-3 think. And believe me Oklahoma shut it down in the 4th quarter, or it could have been 84 to 3.

I am disappointed because I do not see any real strategy for winning. I believe that our running backs may be the best part of the team, and then our receivers, but our qbs are simply not good enough to build the team around them. And the turnovers that make it impossible to win the battle of field possession.

Our offense is subpar, our defense is just bad. And that's the truth. And as much as I like Beatty I do not see game management, and clock management necessary to give us a chance. 115 yards to 550. I say give Stanley a chance and put in some qb runs, and roll out more when we pass. Our line is woevfully inadequate for multiple reads.

Michael Lorraine 7 months ago

It doesn’t seem like a strategy for winning, rather a strategy for not losing so badly but if all you can muster against the OU pass defense is 120 yards it might be time to chuck the passing game. If Beaty decided to go that route he could justify Montell as the starter.

Anyone remember the wishbone offense with Nolan Cromwell, Laverne Smith and Billy Campfield? Was a beautiful site

Layne Pierce 7 months ago

Honestly Michael what is going to happen. Are we just piece by piece going to get better. That will take about 10- years if were lucky. To be critically honest we are not doing the little things right that it takes to win. Now how do we start doing them. First of all discipline has to be increased, and also my point was not that we don't try to win, but when you are losing like us, you don't have any chance to win. If we use the strategy to keep games closer, then one day we will realize just how close we are. Truth is our offense is deplorable, for all the cussing they get the defense is actually not great, but better, much better now than the offense. cozart is not the guy. Willis will probably transfer. Why not start Stanley. But also let's forget the offense, not a good enough time for multiple reads. Just not.

Michael Lorraine 7 months ago

Not disagreeing with your strategy but it runs completely contrary to the reason Beaty was hired in the first place. In the games against Baylor and OU, I wish they had done exactly what you're suggesting.

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