No. 25 Oklahoma Downs No. 24 Kansas, 35-13
Oct. 24, 2009
Kansas' Murphy: Second Career Interception
LAWRENCE, Kan. -
Despite holding Oklahoma to just 337 yards of total offense - nearly 100 yards below the Sooners' season average - the Jayhawks suffered a 35-13 loss to OU Saturday at Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium.
The Jayhawks drop to 5-2 overall and 1-2 in the Big 12, while the Sooners improve to 4-3 and 2-2 in league play.
Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing threw for 224 yards, but his three first-half interceptions put the Jayhawks behind 14-0 early.
Trailing 7-0 late in the first quarter, Kansas marched 56 yards on seven plays and looked to even the score from the Oklahoma 10. However, the Jayhawks' effort was halted when Dominque Franks intercepted a Reesing pass on a wide receiver screen and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown, giving the Sooners' a 14-0 lead.
Kansas answered with a pair of field goals by junior kicker Jacob Branstetter, including a career-long 57-yarder just before the end of the half. The field goal was set up by Ryan Murphy's interception at the Oklahoma 40-yard line. Branstetter's kick was tied for the fourth-longest in Kansas history, and the sixth-longest in Big 12 history.
Despite cutting the deficit to a single possession before halftime, the Jayhawks could not contain the Oklahoma offense in the third quarter. The Sooners opened the second half with a nine play, 75-yard drive that culminated with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Jones to senior wide receiver Adron Tennell to give the Sooners a 21-6 advantage. OU extended its lead to 28-6 on its next possession, as Brown hauled in an eight-yard TD pass from Jones.
After another Brown touchdown made it 35-6, the Jayhawks scored their only touchdown of the game late in fourth quarter. Reesing had a five-yard touchdown scamper on second-and-goal, marking his fourth rushing TD of the season. The drive covered 54 yards on 10 plays, including four carries for 25 yards by freshman running back Toben Opurum.
The freshman led the Jayhawks on the ground with 13 carries for 59 yards. Senior wide receivers Kerry Meier and Dezmon Briscoe combined for 94 yards, with Meier tallying eight receptions and Briscoe seven.
Junior linebacker Justin Springer led with nine tackles, followed by a trio of freshman who each had seven tackles.
The Jayhawks will be on the road for their next contest as they take on Texas Tech at 2:30 p.m. in Lubbock, Texas.