• High point: With 6:18 in the third quarter OU finally looked like its old self. The Sooners scored at will and, finally, took a big lead.
Jalen Hurts used play-action to running back Rhamondre Stevenson, who picked up a key block in the backfield as wide-open Trey Sermon broke free for a 15-yard TD catch. The Sooners led 35-7 after the score was just 14-7 with under a minute in the first half.
For all the Sooner miscues to that point — including six penalties for 64 yards — a real rout was on.
• Low point: OU’s first-half drive in which it nearly faced third-and-goal from midfield is best described as dysfunctional.
The Sooners needed to reach into their bag of trick plays — including a reverse pass from Nick Basquine to Jalen Hurts — to threaten a score. They knocked on the end zone’s front step, but were backed up when another trick play failed.
CeeDee Lamb lost 20 yards on a reverse and as he fell to the ground, tried to pitch it to Hurts. A fumble would have spelled disaster.
Instead, Hurts held on. But OU’s sloppy start was encapsulated on that series.
• High point: The Jayhawks’ opening drive stalled, but their defense returned the favor against OU’s high-powered offense to start the game.
KU receiver Daylon Charlot caught a perfect throw from Carter Stanley against press coverage, giving the Jayhawks a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
More than 30-point underdogs, KU players were supposed to lay down from the start. Instead they threw the first punch.
• Low point: Trailing just 14-7 near the end of the first half, the Jayhawks mismanaged the clock badly. They called two defensive timeouts on OU’s second-to-last possession of the half, stopping the clock under two minutes.
When OU punted from midfield on third-and-48, KU didn’t put anyone back to return it. Then the Jayhawks went three-and-out.
The Sooners got the ball back, and with extra time courtesy of the Jayhawk timeouts, scored and went up 21-7 before getting the ball to start the second half.
OU 2019 schedule
Sept. 1 vs. Houston — W 49-31
Sept. 7 vs. South Dakota — W 70-14
Sept. 14 at UCLA — W 48-14
Sept. 28 vs. Texas Tech — W 55-16
Oct. 5 at Kansas — W 45-20
Oct. 12 vs. Texas
Oct. 19 vs. West Virginia
Oct. 26 at Kansas State
Nov. 9 vs. Iowa State
Nov. 16 at Baylor
Nov. 23 vs. TCU
Nov. 30 at Oklahoma State
— Tyler Palmateer