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Defense dominates Kansas
KANSAS CITY, Mo. â€” Oklahomaâ€™s defense was dominating and its offense came
through during crunch time Saturday
night. That combination was more than enough to lift the Sooners to a 19-3
victory over Kansas.
Playing in front of 54,000-plus at Arrowhead Stadium, the Sooners set the
tone early on defense when D.J. Wolfe
intercepted a Brian Luke pass on the third play from scrimmage and returned
it 65 yards for a touchdown. On
Kansasâ€™ next snap, Luke was picked off by OU linebacker Clint Ingram,
leading to a field goal that made it 10-0
barely five minutes into the contest.
Oklahoma (3-3, 2-1) still led 10-3 into the fourth quarter when the Sooner
offense shook off the effects of an
unproductive performance to put the game away with a touchdown and a field
Rhett Bomar capped Oklahoma's only touchdown drive of the night with a
25-yard scoring toss to freshman Malcolm
Kelly with 10:17 remaining. Bomar, who entered the game as the Big 12's
12th-ranked passer, finished 16 of 31 for
206 yards and two interceptions.
Moments before the scoring pass, Bomar connected with Kelly on 40-yarder
that kept the 11-play, 92 yard drive
â€śWeâ€™re pleased to get a win coming up here away from our home,â€ť said OU
coach Bob Stoops. â€śKansas is a much-
improved football team. Theyâ€™ve got an excellent defense and battled us the
While Kansas played well defensively much of the game, the Jayhawks (3-3,
0-3) managed only 11 yards of offense
in the second half and 97 for the game. The Sooners intercepted Luke three
times and sacked him three times.
Kansas, which lost 12-3 to Kansas State the week before, has not scored a
touchdown in nine quarters, since the
third period of a 30-17 loss to Texas Tech.
Lukeâ€™s first pick came with Oklahoma's Calvin Thibodeaux grabbing him by
the ankles. That caused an errant throw
that Wolfe grabbed and returned to the house behind several nice blocks.
The Kansas defense, which came in as No. 3 in the nation against the run,
allowed Oklahoma only one first down
before Garrett Hartley came in to kick a 40-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead.
Oklahoma, fresh off a 45-12 spanking by No. 2 Texas, had only 82 yards of
total offense in the first half to 86 for
Kansas. Luke was 11-for-30 for 86 yards, with three interceptions.
Each team botched two field goal attempts in the second quarter. Hartley
was wide left from 48 and 37 yards.
Kansas' Scott Webb failed from the 41 - following Charles Gordon's 31-yard
punt return - and wasn't even able to
get off a 32-yarder because of a bad snap.
In the scoreless third quarter, Gordon intercepted two of Bomar's passes -
giving the Jayhawks possession on the
Oklahoma 25 and the Kansas 28.
On the first play after the first interception, Luke's pass was intercepted
at the goal line by Rufus Alexander.