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5:49 p.m. | Nice Trip Home
The Sooner players, coaching staff and fans will have an enjoyable trip back to Norman for the first time this season. All three of OU's losses have been away from home by a total of five points. The Sooners will host Kansas State in Norman on Halloween night. The game is slated for a 6 p.m. kick at Owen Field and will be televised by FOX Sports Net.

5:44 p.m. | Sooner Fans Celebrating
With OU's big lead, the crowd has evened out to roughly 50-50 Kansas blue and Oklahoma crimson. The Sooner fans are joining the band in chanting "OU, OU, OU".

5:38 p.m. | Nice Win
Oklahoma will evidently notch a road win against a ranked opponent here in Lawrence this afternoon. The Sooners will move to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in Big 12 Conference play. With the win, the Sooners will improve to 34-4 against the Big 12 North under Stoops and move the overall series record against Kansas to 68-27-6.

5:32 p.m. | Play Like a Champion
ESPN College Gameday did a special feature on the various "touch" traditions around college football. Oklahoma's Play Like a Champion sign wasn't included, but the long debate on whether the tradition started at OU or Notre Dame continues.

Apparently, when Lou Holtz arrived at Notre Dame in 1986, he read about a sign with those words on it. He wasn't able to find any physical evidence, however, and nobody around the Irish program could remember it. It wasn't until the Holtz era that it became a staple in the Irish locker room. The Sooners have been touching the sign at least since Bud Wilkinson roamed the sidelines beginning in the late '40s.

However, Oklahoma's Kenny Mossman was in communication with Notre Dame's SID and both concluded that neither school could verify who had the tradition first.

Oklahoma's "Play Like a Champion" Tradition

5:29 p.m. | Demoralizing KU
OU has simply demoralized Kansas this afternoon. OU's defense has been its usual ferocious self but the offense also developed a bite in shaking off its red zone lethargy. Oklahoma's receivers, for the most part, have come through and moved the chains.

5:23 p.m. | Brown Past AD
With his 26-yard touchdown scamper early in the fourth quarter, senior Chris Brown took over the No. 4 slot on OU's all-time TD career list with 43. Brown moves past Adrian Peterson (42).

5:19 p.m. | Broyles Big
Ryan Broyles has 11 receptions so far in this game which matches his career high. Broyles has amassed 121 yards against the Jayhawks.

5:17 p.m. | Football/Basketball Connection
Long known for its basketball tradition, KU has had a significant impact on the gridiron as well... and beyond just the last few years. Dr. James Naismith, who invented the game of basketball and was Kansas' first head coach, also invented the very first football helmet. We learned that from today's Aflac Trivia Question on the ABC broadcast.

5:13 p.m. | Tough Time
Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing is having a tough afternoon against the Sooner defense. He's been picked three times and sacked four. Oklahoma leads the Big 12 in sacks per game with 3.67 which is good for fourth nationally.

5:09 p.m. | Sellout Crowd
A sellout crowd of 51,104 showed up today at Kansas Memorial Stadium. The vast majority are hoping to witness KU's first victory against Oklahoma in Lawrence since 1997.

5:06 p.m. | Brown Moving Up
Chris Brown has scored two touchdowns today -- one rushing and one passing -- to move into a tie with Adrian Peterson for fifth on OU's all-time TD list with 42 in his career. Brown is also 10th in OU's all-time scoring with 254 points.

5:01 p.m. | Mr. Everything
Note that Mr. Everything (Brody Eldridge) was in on that tackle during the punt return. Eldridge has started at tight end, center and offensive guard for the Sooners this season. He's again at guard in today's game against the Jayhawks wearing No. 50.

4:58 p.m. | Crowd Thinning
OU's 22-point lead has thinned the blue-clad crowd a notch here at Memorial Stadium. KU's decision to punt from its own 47-yard line was met with a smattering of boos.

4:49 p.m. | Jones to Brown
Oklahoma's offense again drove the field to punch in another touchdown here in the third quarter. Three trips to the red zone have resulted in three touchdowns so far in this game. Nice to see the Sooners not settling for field goals. Most observers agreed that settling for field goals in the first quarter cost OU the game in Dallas last weekend.

4:49 p.m. | Tipped Passes
Credit the Sooner defense for getting their hands up at the line of scrimmage. They've had four or five tipped passes already today. It probably doesn't hurt either that KU's Todd Reesing is a bit smaller than your average quarterback. The signal-caller for the Jayhawks stands just 5-11.

4:40 p.m. | Receivers Highlighted
In the sixth installment of his video series, Mossis Madu shared the spotlight with three fellow members of the receiving corps: sophomore Jameel Owens (Muskogee, Okla.), sophomore Dejuan Miller (Metuchen, N.J.) and senior Adron Tennell (Irving, Texas). After Tennell's TD, we thought we'd link to the series:

VideoMadu with Receiving Corps | Answering Fan Emails

4:38 p.m. | TD Sooners
A touchdown pass from Landry Jones to Adron Tennell upped Oklahoma's lead to 21-6 here in the third quarter in Lawrence. Impressive drive for the Sooner offense after a tepid first half. The TD catch was Tennell's second of the season and third career.

4:16 p.m. | Defense
The Sooner defense has intercepted three Reesing passes (Quinton Carter, Jeremy Beal and a return for TD by Dominique Franks). OU has sacked the Kansas QB three times (Ryan Reynolds, Jeremy Beal and Adrian Taylor). Travis Lewis leads the defense with seven tackles. Oklahoma hasn't been flagged yet in the game.

4:06 p.m. | Halftime
We're at halftime with Oklahoma leading the Jayhawks, 14-6. OU holds the lead despite converting just one of seven on third downs and two failed attempts on fourth down. The Sooners have just 28 yards rushing, 82 yards passing and 10:41 in time of possession.

4:06 p.m. | Restless in Lawrence
Kansas fans were audibly anxious in the stands after that shovel pass and Mangino's decision to allow the clock to wind down. Kansas will settle for a field goal attempt after the interception.

3:59 p.m. | Waving Wheat
With the field goal by Kansas, we witnessed our first "waving" of the wheat in the stands. The fans raise both arms in the air and swing back and forth. The overall effect is reminiscent of a field of wheat in the wind. Makes sense for Kansas. We're still not sure why OSU fans do the same thing after scores.

3:54 p.m. | Stoops' Coaching Tree
With Head Coach Bob Stoops facing off against former understudy Mark Mangino today, it's important to point out Stoops has one of the most extensive coaching trees in college football. Current head coaches who formerly served under Stoops are Mike Leach, Texas Tech; Mark Mangino, Kansas; Mike Stoops, Arizona; and Kevin Sumlin, Houston.

3:48 p.m. | McCoy & Taylor
After the TFL by Gerald McCoy on that last drive, the ABC crew pointed out that McCoy and fellow linemate Adrian Taylor played all 80 snaps on defense against Texas last week. Pretty impressive for a couple of big boys battling in the trenches on every play. It's also important to note that they are typically just as strong in the fourth quarter as they are in the first. Hopefully we'll continue to see them in the backfield today as OU tries to contain KU quarterback Todd Reesing.

3:41 p.m. | D-Line Switch
Right before the snap, defensive tackles Adrian Taylor and Gerald McCoy frequently swap places to frustrate any planned double-teams by the opposing offensive linemen.

3:41 p.m. | Memorial Stadium(s)
Oklahoma and Kansas are two of four Big 12 schools that play in "memorial" stadiums (Nebraska and Texas the others), a common name given to stadiums built after the World War I era. Memorial stadiums can be found elsewhere around the college football landscape. Here are a few we found after some quick research:

Memorial Stadium Opened Capacity
Cal 1923 75,662
Clemson 1942 80,301
Indiana 1960 52,000
Illinois 1923 65,143
Kansas 1921 50,071
Navy 1959 35,000
Nebraska 1923 81,067
New Mexico State 1978 30,343
Oklahoma 1923 82,112
Texas 1924 94,113
Wyoming 1950 33,500

3:38 p.m. | Injured Sooners
With DeMarco Murray in street clothes today, yet another of Oklahoma's offensive weapons is sidelined. ABC's Ron Franklin and Ed Cunningham pointed out during their pregame analysis that the Sooners now have three potential All-Americans sitting out: Murray, Sam Bradford and Jermaine Gresham.

3:36 p.m. | Option Stopper
Nice job by corner Brian Jackson on that option play by Kansas to shed his blocker and take down the runner.

3:35 p.m. | Out in the Open
Dom's 85-yard INT return for a score was the seventh-longest in Oklahoma history. Under Stoops (since 1999), it was the Sooners' fourth interception return of 75 yards or longer.

3:32 p.m. | Dom Goes the Distance
Junior defensive back Dominique Franks nabs Oklahoma's third interception of the game and rolls 85 yards to the end zone to put the Sooners up 14-0 early in the second quarter.

3:28 p.m. | Nelson Tackles
Junior defensive back Jonathan Nelson was in on five tackles in the first quarter, already a career-high in a single game. He entered the game with seven tackles this season.

3:24 p.m. | Early Scores
Oklahoma has grabbed the lead in the first quarter of every game this season save Baylor. The Sooners put two touchdowns on the board against the Bears in Norman in the second quarter before giving up a TD before the half.

3:19 p.m. | Packed Stadium
The signs above the ticket office windows at KU's Memorial Stadium read "Sold Out" in bold letters prior to the game. The vast majority of Kansas fans opted for their royal blue and left the crimson to the Sooner fans in attendance.

3:16 p.m. | KU Shovel
That shovel pass by Mark Mangino's offense should look familiar to Sooner fans.

3:14 p.m. | QB Run
Landry Jones' 15-yard rush on Oklahoma's opening drive was the longest rush by an OU QB this season and the longest since Sam Bradford's 15-yard TD run versus Texas A&M last year.

3:04 p.m. | INT for Beal
That was Jeremy Beal's first career interception. Defensive tackle Adrian Taylor got the tip on Reesing's pass. Perfect timing by the TV crew, who were just talking about Beal's two three-sack games this season just before that play. One play before his INT, Beal tipped the ball on first down.

2:59 p.m. | Upset in Lincoln
Just official in Lincoln: Iowa State defeated the Cornhuskers, 9-7. Nebraska held the advantage in nearly every statistical category but committed eight turnovers in the loss.

2:58 p.m. | O-Line Combos
OU started its fifth different combination of players in seven games this season. From left to right: Trent Williams, Brody Eldridge, Ben Habern, Stephen Good and Cory Brandon.

2:54 p.m. | Way on PAT
Tress Way was in for Oklahoma to convert the PAT on that score. That marked Way's first PAT attempt and conversion of the season (and his Oklahoma career).

2:51 p.m. | Opening Drive TD
That marked the second time this season that Oklahoma has scored a touchdown on its opening drive. OU scored six at Miami on its opening possession.

2:50 p.m. | Sooners Finally Cash In
Quinton Carter intercepts Todd Reesing's pass on the first play of the game and OU's offense behind Landry Jones promptly marched down the field to punch in OU's first score. It wasn't pretty down on the goal line but Chris Brown hits the blue end zone.

2:40 p.m. | Sooner Crimson
Oklahoma fans are located in a solid strip from the field up to the top of the stadium in the southeast corner. Oklahoma's traveling band is in the extreme bottom corner -- obviously to minimize the strains of "Boomer Sooner" from the field. Here at KU, fans are separated from the field by a track. Certainly not the tight sidelines back in Norman.

2:37 p.m. | Coin Toss
Oklahoma won the toss and deferred to the second half. OU will kick to Kansas to start the game.

2:36 p.m. | Murray & Jeffries
Junior running back DeMarco Murray is in street clothes today on the sideline in Lawrence while offensive guard Tavaris Jeffries did not make the trip based on coaches' decision.

2:31 p.m. | We're Live From Lawrence
The Kansas band is entertaining the fans here at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence as we're just minutes from kickoff.

Game 7 | No. 25 Oklahoma at No. 24 Kansas
Welcome to the SoonerSports.com Gameday Blog. Throughout the day, you can view commentary from our staff, observations from the field in Lawrence, notes from the media relations staff in the press box plus fan emails and reaction during the game.

The No. 25 Sooners play the No. 24 Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence Saturday afternoon. ABC has the regional television broadcast beginning at 2:30 p.m. Central.

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