The Norman Transcript

October 19, 2013

Sooners overcome rough start to beat Kansas

Despite early 13-point deficit, OU improves to 6-1

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Oklahoma played its way out of an early haze to top Kansas, 34-19, Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

The win lifted the 18th-ranked Sooners to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big 12 Conference. However, the performance did little in terms of calming doubts they are struggling as they cross the midway point in the season.

Kansas (2-4, 0-3 Big 12) built a 13-point lead in the early in the second quarter and had OU on the ropes until late in the first half.

The reason was Jayhawk running back James Sims. He rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

What turned the game for the Sooners was their ability to run the ball. Quarterback Blake Bell rushed for 53 yards while running backs Damien Williams (56), Roy Finch (53) and Brennan Clay (20) combined for 129.

Bell was 15-for-25 through the air for 131 yards with two touchdown passes and an interception. It wasn’t a great day by any stretch. But vastly outplayed Kansas’ Jake Heaps. He was 5-for-13 for 19 yards.