October 23, 2021
Kansas running back Devin Neal (4) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
For a long struggling program like Kansas football, competing with — and holding a fourth quarter lead against — powerhouse Oklahoma a week ago was a drastic change from recent Big 12 defeats for the Jayhawks, who have lost 16 conference games in a row. Whether that one result can be a turning point for the future of the program could depend on what happens in the final five weeks of this season.
The scare the underdog Kansas football team gave No. 3 Oklahoma Saturday wouldn’t have been possible without prolonged offensive drives and a solid running game. So although the Sooners rallied for a 35-23 road victory at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, true freshman running back Devin Neal felt encouraged by the Jayhawks’ showing.