OU 35, Kansas 13 | Lawrence, Kan. | Oct. 24, 2009
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|| Oklahoma Game Notes
Oklahoma improved its series lead over Kansas to 68-27-6, including a 31-15-4 advantage in Lawrence. OU has won the last six meetings.
The 35-13 loss to Oklahoma was Kansas' worst since losing 63-21 to Texas Tech on Oct. 25, 2008, in Lawrence (12 games).
OU's offensive line 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.
Oklahoma played without its leading rusher, RB Demarco Murray. OU was already missing regular offensive starters QB Sam Bradford, TE Jermaine Gresham and RG Brian Simmons to injuries.
Oklahoma has not allowed a single point in the first quarter in nine straight games dating back to last season (Missouri and Florida). The Sooners have allowed only three first-quarter points in the last 13 games. Kansas State was the last opponent to score a TD in the first quarter (Oct. 25, 2008). In addition, the OU defense has allowed just 30 first-half points in seven games this season.
Oklahoma's defense has had at least one interception in 93 of the last 121 games.
Oklahoma's defense recorded four sacks Saturday. The Sooners entered the game fourth nationally in sacks per game with 3.67.
|| Individual Notes
Jeremy Beal's interception in the first quarter was the first of his career. On the play prior to the interception, Beal deflected a Todd Reesing pass attempt. It was the Sooners fifth multi-interception game of the year.
Beal recorded one sack to give him a team-leading 7.5 this season. With one more sack, Beal will crack OU's top 10 list in the category.
Ryan Broyles matched his career single-game high for receptions with 11, which he set earlier this season versus Tulsa. The number is one away from OU's single-game record of 12, set by Juaquin Iglesias against Kansas in 2008.
Dominique Franks 85-yard interception return for a TD matched the seventh longest interception return in Oklahoma program history (J.T. Thatcher, 85 yards, vs. Texas Tech, 2000). Under Stoops (since 1999), it was the Sooners' fourth interception return of over 75 yards, the 23rd interception TD and 34th defensive TD.
Landry Jones' 15-yard rush on OU's opening drive was the longest rush by an Oklahoma QB this season and longest since Sam Bradford's 15-yard TD run versus Texas A&M last season.
Gerald McCoy led OU's defense with two tackles for loss, improving his season total to 11.5. McCoy was also credited with a pass deflection.
Jonathan Nelson had a career single-game high nine tackles. He had five in the first quarter alone after entering the game with seven tackles this season.
Adron Tennell's 9-yard touchdown reception from Landry Jones was his second of the season and third career.
Tennell's six receptions set a career single-game high.
Chris Brown scored three touchdowns -- two rushing and one passing -- to move past Adrian Peterson into fourth on OU's all-time TD list with 43 in his career (tying Joe Washington, 1972-75) and 10th in OU's all-time scoring with 260 points.
Tress Way kicked all the extra points in today's game. They were the first PATs of his career.
|| Kansas Game Notes
Oklahoma leads the all-time series with a record of 68-27-6, including a 31-14-3 advantage in games played in Lawrence. The Sooners have won six straight in the series.
KU is now 17-6 playing as a ranked team in the Mark Mangino era.
The Jayhawks 290 yards of total offense was its lowest output of the season, ending a streak of eight straight games with at least 400 yards of total offense. The previous low was 423 yards of total offense against Colorado last week.
By scoring 13 points against Oklahoma, KU ended a streak of eight consecutive games with at least 30 points scored.
KU committed three turnovers to set a season high in giveaways. The Jayhawks turned the ball over twice against UTEP, Southern Miss and Colorado.
K Jacob Branstetter kicked a 57-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in the first half, the longest field goal of his career and tied for the fourth longest in KU history. It was the longest since 2001 when Johnny Beck hit a 59-yarder. The longest in KU history was a 61-yarder by Dan Eichloff against Ball State in 1992. Branstetter's previous long was a 43-yarder last week against Colorado. The kick is also tied for sixth longest in Big 12 history.
Branstetter also recorded his first punt of the season in the second quarter. Kansas lined up for a 49-yard field goal attempt and snapped the ball directly to Branstetter whose pooch punt was downed at the three-yard line.
Reesing's 224 yards passing were his second lowest total this season. He threw for 208 yards in the season opener against Northern Colorado.
RB Jake Sharp's 56-yard reception on a shuttle pass from Reesing near the end of the first quarter was Sharp's longest play from scrimmage this season. His previous long was a 30-yard rush against UTEP.
WR Dezmon Briscoe has caught at least four passes in 10 straight games and at least two in 25 consecutive games. Briscoe finished the game with seven receptions for 60 yards.
WR Kerry Meier has caught at least four passes in 10 straight games and at least two in 28 consecutive games. Meier finished the game with eight receptions for 54 yards.
DB Ryan Murphy recorded his second interception of the season when he picked of a Landry Jones pass late in the first half. His other interception this year came against Southern Miss.
DB Justin Thornton forced his first fumble of the year in the fourth quarter. DE Jake Laptad recovered the loose ball. It was his first fumble recover in 2009.