Sterling Shepherd caught two touchdown passes as Oklahoma allowed the first 13 points, then stormed back to beat the Kansas Jayhawks 34-19 Saturday in Lawrence.
The game began as if the Hawks were primed for ESPN’s Upset Watch as Jake Heaps hit Jimmy Mundine for a one yard score on their opening drive, then James Sims scored the first of his two touchdowns early in the second quarter for a 13-0 lead. But at that point things started to go downhill as the Jayhawks missed the extra point. The Sooners started picking up momentum with their first score, but they missed the extra point. OU then blocked a punt for a safety, then took the lead for good at 15-13 on the first of Shepherd’s two scoring catches, a 49 yarder. A Michael Hunnicutt 38 yard field goal made it 18-13 at halftime, then Shepherd’s second TD catch gave OU a 25-13 lead into the fourth quarter. Kansas had one final shot as they blocked a punt and recovered at the Sooner five with Sims taking it in on the next play, but Oklahoma blocked the extra point and ran it back for a reverse two point conversion and led 27-19. They added a final touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. Heaps went just 5-13 passing as the Jayhawks stayed with the running game, gaining 185 yards on the ground. Oklahoma had 235 yards rushing and over 400 total yards. The Sooners moved to 6-1 overall, 3-1 in the Big 12. KU’s losing streak in the conference is now 24 straight. They play at Baylor next Saturday.
The Jayhawks played without two of their top players in linebacker Ben Heeney and running back Tony Pierson. Heeney should return next week while Pierson is still recovering from concussion symptoms. His return has not been determined.
Listen to the post game comments of KU Head Coach Charlie Weis
Listen to the post game comments of KU quarterback Jake Heaps
Listen to the post game comments of KU cornerback JaCorey Shepherd
Listen to the post game comments of KU halfback Darrian Miller
Listen to the post game comments of KU right tackle Aslam Sterling