NORMAN —Over the past year, Roy Finch has seen his chances to make an impact for No. 10 Oklahoma shrink to almost none.
The first chance he got to touch the ball on Saturday night, he made history.
Finch returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, completing the first tandem in Sooners history to score on a punt and a kickoff in the same game during a 52-7 rout of Kansas.
“I'm not really in the rotation on offense a lot, but we have a lot of playmakers that can make plays and I feel like I'm one of those playmakers on the team,” Finch said. “I just try to make the best of the opportunities I have.
“I was just so happy to take it back.”
In the process, he won one lucky fan $20,000 and extended Oklahoma's lead to 45-0 just 13 seconds after halftime.
Justin Brown, a transfer from Penn State, provided the first half of the unique double dip by returning a punt 90 yards and diving at the pylon for the score on his first chance after fumbling away a previous punt.
The Brown-Finch combo marked the first time the Sooners (5-1, 3-1 Big 12) have had two plays at least 90 yards long in the same game.
“I want our OU team known as a very explosive team,” Finch said. “Him taking back a punt return and me taking back a kickoff return just really shows that we have explosive players and we can play with the best of them.”
After coasting through an easy one against the last-place Jayhawks (1-6, 0-4), the Sooners get their chance at another big test when No. 5 Notre Dame visits Owen Field next Saturday night.
There wasn't anything close to a letdown in between that showdown and last week's 63-21 Red River Rivalry romp over Texas.
Landry Jones threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions as Oklahoma improved to 14-0 under coach Bob Stoops in games immediately after the Longhorns matchup.
“It wasn't hard to stay focused on Kansas. We know that Notre Dame's a great team but we're a great team also,” Finch said. “So, we just wanted to close out Kansas and we know that the game ahead of us next Saturday is going to be a crazy game.”
James Sims ran for 102 yards and a shutout-preventing touchdown run in the fourth quarter for Kansas, which lost its 16th straight conference game and 27th out of the last 28.
“It hurts because this is the first time this year that a game got away from us in the first half,” said first-year coach Charlie Weis, who had found a way to keep his Jayhawks at least within 10 at halftime in the first six games this season.