Jayhawks fall to Sooners, 41-10
Oct. 23, 2004
NORMAN, Okla. - The Kansas Jayhawks gave the second ranked Oklahoma Sooners all they could handle in the first half Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. However, the Sooners proved to be too much and controlled the second half to record a 41-10 victory.
The KU defense continued to play suffocating first quarter defense, holding the Sooners scoreless in the first stanza. The KU defense has only been scored on in the first quarter once this season.
OU's Heisman trophy winning quarterback Jason White scored first in the second quarter on a 61-yard touchdown strike to Mark Clayton. The Jayhawks would score on the next possession with Adam Barmann hitting Brandon Rideau on a 78-yard touchdown completion to tie the game at seven.
With three minutes to go in the first half, White threw the second of his four touchdowns on the day, hitting Travis Wilson on a 41-yard pass to give the Sooners a 14-7 lead. KU's Johnny Beck added a 43-yard field goal with no time remaining in the half to cut the Oklahoma advantage to four at the break.
The second half belonged to the Sooners. In the third quarter Oklahoma would score twice. Jason White found Brandon Jones on a deep post play for a 69-yard touchdown reception and linebacker Lance Mitchell picked up a Jason Swanson fumble and took it 28 yards for a score.
In the fourth quarter freshman running back Adrian Peterson capped off his 22-carry, 122-yard day with an 11 yard touchdown run to give the Sooners a 35-10 lead. In the game's final minute White hit Mark Bradley on a eight yard touchdown pass to end the game.
"They are one of the best teams in the nation, if not the best and I tip my hat to them," Kansas head coach Mark Mangino said. "I like the effort that our kids gave today, we may have been a little out-manned in the second half, but they fought tooth and nail today and never gave in."
White completed 27-45 passes for 389 yards and four touchdowns. For the Jayhawks, Barmann and Swanson split duties at quarterback. Barman connected on 12 of 22 passes, one score and two interceptions, while Swanson completed five passes for 24 yards. Rideau caught four passes for 96 yards.
Kansas (3-4, 1-3 Big 12) will travel to Iowa State next Saturday to take on the Cyclones.