Archived Blog: OU 52, Kansas 7

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 26, 2012
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9:21 p.m. | That's a Wrap
Thank you for joining us tonight on our live blog. The Sooners beat Kansas, 52-7, to move to 5-1 on the season. We'll see you next Saturday as Oklahoma hosts Notre Dame at 7 p.m. (ABC).
9:14 p.m. | Attendance
Official attendance for tonight's game? 84,532. Thank you Sooner fans for yet another capacity crowd in Norman. We always appreciate your support. We'll be looking for you next Saturday when an undefeated Notre Dame comes calling. Rest your vocal cords all week in preparation.
9:07 p.m. | KU Scores
Kansas punches the ball in with 3:11 left in the game to put its first points on the board. It's 52-7, Oklahoma.
9:00 p.m. | Sooner Shutout?
We don't want to jinx it, but the last time Oklahoma pitched a shutout was a 52-0 win against Iowa State on Oct. 16, 2010. The current score here in Norman? 52-0.
8:51 p.m. | Harris Picks Again
For the second time in his career, senior Javon Harris has intercepted two passes in a game after starting the fourth quarter with his second pick of the game. Harris also had two INTs in OU's win at Florida State on Sept. 17, 2011. With that performance, Harris earned the Big 12 and Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honors.
8:43 p.m. | KU Misses
Kansas misses on a short field goal and the goose egg remains on the scoreboard for OU's defense. Sooner fans are calling on the "D" for a shutout.
8:40 p.m. | Making History
Oklahoma has scored a punt return for a touchdown and a kickoff return for a touchdown in the same game for the first time in program history. In addition, Oklahoma has two plays of 90+ yards in the same game for the first time in program history.
8:38 p.m. | Noting Finch's Return
Roy Finch's kickoff return touchdown was the 15th in school history and tied for the longest in OU history with Buster Rhymes (vs. Kansas State, 1980) and Mark Bradley (vs. Iowa State, 2003). It was the fourth 100-yard play in school history.

8:34 p.m. | Spreading the Love
Just noticed after a quick glance at the stats sheet: seven different Sooners have scored one touchdown each including Damien Williams, Blake Bell, Kenny Stills, Sterling Shepard, Trey Millard, Justin Brown and Roy Finch.

8:29 p.m. | K-State Score
Biggest reaction from the crowd since Millard's TD? OU sideline reporter Chris Plank just shared the current score from Morgantown: Kansas State 52, West Virginia 7. Wow.
8:17 p.m. | Millard Makes Sure
Trey Millard got another chance at a TD catch over the middle and he made sure to haul that one in. Sooners up 52-0 now on the Jayhawks. We were just talking about this but man, have the Sooners turned a corner. OU has now outscored its opponents 156-41 in the last 10-and-a-half quarters.

8:04 p.m. | Roy's Jets
Roy Finch to the house for the touchdown on the opening play of the second half. Great to see No. 22 jetting down the field! The last time the Sooners had a kickoff return for a TD was DeMarco Murray against Baylor on November 10, 2007. That makes a punt return and a kickoff return for scores in this game.

8:00 p.m. | College GameDay
It's official. Just got word that ESPN's College GameDay will be in Norman next weekend for the OU-Notre Dame game. The Fighting Irish are making their first appearance in Norman since 1966. Now in its 26th year, ESPN's College GameDay has been on site for 27 OU games since 1995. Here are full details:

GameDay in Norman | OU All-Time With GameDay on Site
7:56 p.m. | Homecoming
Here at halftime in Norman with the Sooners up 38-0 on Kansas. The alumni band joined the Pride to march off the field. Now OU President David L. Boren is about to crown the 2012 Homecoming king and queen.
7:44 p.m. | Time of Possession
Despite Kansas' monster advantage (eight minutes, 12 seconds) in time of possession (19:06 to 10:54), OU has outgained the Jayhawks, 286-143 in total yards and leads 38-0.
7:42 p.m. | Largest Halftime Lead
Oklahoma's 38-0 halftime lead is its largest this season, besting last week's 36-2 (34 points) first-half advantage against Texas.
7:41 p.m. | A Sterling Effort
Freshman WR Sterling Shepard's 9-yard touchdown catch was the second of his young career. He has two receptions for 40 yards in the first-half.
7:38 p.m. | First-Half Scoring
Oklahoma has outscored its last three opponents 98-15 in the first half and 146-42 overall this season in the first half.
OU's 38 points tonight are its most in a half since scoring 38 against Ball State last year.
7:26 p.m. | Stills Stops By
Junior wideout Kenny Stills paid us a visit here at the live blog station. He promises he caught the long pass on the previous possession that was overturned and ruled incomplete. Nonetheless, the Sooners continued moving the ball down the field and capped it off with a 4-yard touchdown run from Damien Williams. The junior running back has hit paydirt on seven occasions now this season and the Sooners lead comfortably here in Norman, 31-0.
7:15 p.m. | Turnovers in Norman
After causing one turnover in their first three games, the Sooners now have eight takeaways in the last three games, including two this evening -- a fumble recovery by Casey Walker and an interception by Javon Harris. The INT was the second for Harris this season and fifth in his career.
7:12 p.m. | Crowd Cheers About Something Else
During the media timeout, highlights from around the country were displayed on the big board. Included in those highlights were Notre Dame's 17-14 win over BYU earlier today, causing a big cheer from the home crowd. The Irish come to Norman next Saturday undefeated (7-0) for a 7 p.m. kickoff on ABC.
7:09 p.m. | Touchdown Brown!
Justin Brown atoned for a muffed punt in the first quarter with a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown -- the first by the Sooners since November 28, 2009 (Ryan Broyles against Oklahoma State). The connection? Broyles became the NCAA all-time receptions leader last year.... at Kansas. It marked the fifth-longest in OU history and was the longest since Antonio Perkins' 91-yard return in 2002 vs. Tulsa.
7:03 p.m. | Third-Down Defense
Kansas converted its first two third downs of the game. Since then? The Sooners have held KU to 1-of-6 on third downs.
6:58 p.m. | Bell's First of the Day
Last week, Blake Bell tied his career-high with four rushing touchdowns. There's still plenty of time left in this one, but he's reached the end zone for the first time today. The Sooners appear to be firmly in control, 17-0. Kansas has had possession for three minutes and 21 seconds more than OU, but the Sooners have outgained KU, 163-69.
6:51 p.m. | Walker's Fumble Return
Casey Walker's 45-yard fumble return was the longest since Jemell Fleming's 56-yard return vs. Texas in 2011. It's also the fourth-longest in school history by a DL and longest for a lineman since Cory Heinecke vs. Air Force in 2001 for 69 yards.
6:45 p.m. | Big Man Rumbles
Justin Brown mishandles the punt and Kansas takes over on OU's 11. Tom Wort delivers a vicious hit on the Kansas QB Dayne Crist forcing the fumble. Casey Walker recovers and rumbles down to the Jayhawk 28 as the crowd exploded.
6:39 p.m. | What a Catch!
Kenny Stills hauled in an incredible 44-yard pass from Landry Jones to put the Sooners ahead, 10-0, in the first quarter. Jones is a stellar 8-for-10 for 130 yards and a TD thus far.
6:35 p.m. | Special Spectators
OU fans just watched a feature on Special Spectators on the big board. Coach Stoops and the Sooners hosted young kids battling serious illnesses recently and they are our special guests today.

6:27 p.m. | Sooner Rewards
Fans are getting rewarded in the stadium and at home today with the Sooner Rewards program. Visit our rewards site and use the code "OUHOMECOMING" to get 10 bonus points just for following our live gameday blog. Boomer!
6:22 p.m. | Hunnicutt for 3
Trey Millard was wide open for a sure touchdown but the ball slipped through his hands and the Sooners settled for three from Michael Hunnicutt. Converting on field goals seems almost automatic now with Hunnicutt booting the ball.
6:18 p.m. | Pounding the D
Damien Williams takes a pass to the sideline from Landry Jones, lowers his shoulder and bowls over the Kansas defender on that play -- much to the delight of the Sooners fans in the stands. On the next play, Trey Millard pounds the ball. Taking hits from those two would wear you down.
6:11 p.m. | Cummings at QB
Kansas coach Charlie Weis has freshman Michael Cummings under center on their first possession of the game.Weis indicated he would rotate Cummings and senior Dayne Crist against OU.
6:06 p.m. | Defense
Michael Hunnicutt kicks it off and the Jayhawks will start the game on offense at their own 8-yard line. The Sooner defense will have an opportunity to make an impact right away.
6:01 p.m. | Here Come the Sooners
The intro video just riled up the crowd and the Sooners have rolled onto Owen Field. The Jayhawks in their white jerseys, blue pants and blue helmets have also taken the field and it's game time in Norman. The crowd is chanting "Boomer, Sooner" back and forth. Truly a sound to make your blood pump.

5:56 p.m. | Stirring National Anthem
The alumni band and Pride of Oklahoma have complete their pre-game routine including a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. The flag rose from the shade into the bright sunshine at the conclusion of the song and a short burst of wind unfurled the colors. Quite a stirring sight. We're just minutes from kickoff.
5:43 p.m. | Undefeated Irish
Watching the scoreboard here prior to OU's kickoff (6 p.m.) and No. 5 Notre Dame appears to be on its way to a 17-14 win against BYU in South Bend to move to 7-0. The Sooners will host the Irish in Norman for the first time since 1966 next Saturday (7 p.m.).
5:29 p.m. | It's Football Time in Oklahoma!
We're roughly 30 minutes from kickoff and OU has started its traditional pre-game festivities. Both teams are deep into their warmups and the fans are beginning to fill the stands. It's a bit warm but as the sun goes down, temps will follow and with little wind, this is shaping up as perfect football weather.
5:19 p.m. | Photo Gallery Update
The team has begun its warmups on Owen Field and we've got the latest shots. Check our updated Facebook Photo Gallery for more by clicking here or the photo below. Also, look for exclusive photos by following @ou_football on Instagram.
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4:27 p.m.
| Team Arrives
The OU football team has arrived at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and is in search of its third consecutive win. Check out the video below as fans welcome the Sooners:

2:12 p.m. | Live Photo Gallery Up & Running
Our live Facebook photo gallery - which is updated continually throughout the day and game - is officially posted. Check out the early sights from Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and keep your eyes peeled throughout the day:

2:02 p.m. | Sterling Shepard Continues Legacy
Featured on Sooner Sports Game Day this morning on FS Oklahoma, the segment below dives into freshman wide receiver Sterling Shepard's special bond with Coach Stoops since his father Derrick passed away when he was a child:

1:48 p.m. | Locker Room Ready
Oklahoma's locker room is prepped and ready to go for the Sooners' arrival in a couple hours, thanks to our top-notch equipment and student manager staffs. Check out a 360 degree panoramic view from inside the locker room or click here for other dynamic ways to view it:

11:21 a.m. | Saturday's Headlines
Roll through the latest headlines on the Sooners from local and national sources plus views on the game from the Kansas media:

Defense: Inside the Mike Stoops Factor - The Oklahoman
Kansas Wary of Belldozer - Lawrence Journal-World
Bird Call, Another Sims, Snapper's Delight - Tulsa World
Natives Part of OU Fearsome Power - Hutchinson News
KU at Oklahoma: Tale of the Tape - Lawrence Journal-World
Stoops Not Afraid of Double QBs - Norman Transcript
Mike Stoops Has Defense Playing "Incredible" - ESPN
KU Linebacker Gets His Own Homecoming - Wichita Eagle
Damien Williams Off and Running, Literally - The Oklahoman
Sims Making Up Lost Time - Lawrence Journal-World
Classic Trap Game Test of Character - Muskogee Phoenix
Three Storylines to Watch: OU vs. Kansas - Tulsa World
Three Keys to Victory for Kansas - Through the Phog
Welcome to My World: QB Blake Bell - The Oklahoman
Kansas at Oklahoma Chat Wrap - Lawrence Journal-World
Key Matchup: Jones vs. Kansas Defense - Tulsa World
TEs Ignored Outside Red Zone - Lawrence Journal-World
Switzer: OU Looks a Lot Like Alabama - The Oklahoman
Mangino Could Seek Return to Football - Kansas City Star
Mangino Proud of Tenure at Kansas - The Oklahoman
MBB Welcomes Fans to Scrimmage - Norman Transcript
11:13 a.m. | Instagram Gameday
Are you using the #Sooners and #BeatKU hashtags on Instagram? Do it and your post may be featured in our live gameday blog. Don't forget to follow @ou_football on Instagram. Here are some of the best posts so far:

10:13 a.m. | Sooner Pick 'Em: Kansas Week
One of our new weekly features, "Sooner Pick 'Em," has already drawn rave reviews. Highlighting the personalities throughout the team, this week's edition has the Sooners choosing their favorite play from the Texas game, who has the best hair on the team and which Wizard of Oz character they'd be (It's Kansas week, after all). Trust us, you'll want to watch this one all the way through:

8:54 a.m. | Hoops Scrimmage
Before you head inside the stadium for the 6 p.m. kickoff with Kansas, check out the OU men's basketball team in a free scrimmage at the Field House at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. For fans away from Norman, the action will be live online here:

Free Men's Basketball Scrimmage | Live Webcast (2 p.m.)
8:01 a.m. | Football Hosts Kansas
Join us for our live blog on Saturday, Oct. 13, as the Sooners host the Kansas Jayhawks at Owen Field. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and FOX Sports Net has the television broadcast. Boomer!




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