At halftime of this one, Weis' challenge was entirely different: Encouraging his team to compete and avoid making “this one of the worst losses ever.”
“It's 38-0 at halftime,” Weis said. “What good could you say? What positive can you say when the score's 38-0, other than the fact, `Is this going to be 76-0?“’
The Jayhawks never could crack Oklahoma's first-team defense, which hasn't given up a point in two straight weeks.
For their part, Jones and the first-team offense scored on their first six possessions — settling for Michael Hunnicutt's 37-yard field goal on their first drive and then scoring touchdowns on the next five.
The streak was finally broken up in the third quarter, after Jones was called for intentional grounding to set up a second-and-26 hole that proved too much to overcome. That ended up being the final series for the starters, who left with a 52-0 lead after just 46 offensive snaps.
“Just the way we prepared this week for this game, knowing that people were overlooking it and looking to next week, just showed a lot of character for us,” said Kenny Stills, who caught a 44-yard TD pass from Jones.
“I feel like we're really excited for that.”
Kansas went with Michael Cummings as its starting quarterback, after he'd been at the helm as the Jayhawks rallied for 14 straight points and had the ball with a chance to go ahead in the fourth quarter of a 20-14 loss to Oklahoma State last week.
He and Dayne Crist, who'd been the starter the rest of the season, were equally ineffective.
Cummings went 10 for 21 for 111 yards with two interceptions. Crist was 3 of 6 for 13 yards and fumbled away an early opportunity for the Jayhawks to keep it interesting.
After Josh Ford scooped up Brown's fumble at the 11-yard line, Crist was off-target on a first-down swing pass to Tre' Parmalee, forcing him to fall down with no one around him in the flat. Then Cummings threw incomplete into the end zone before Tom Wort sacked Crist and knocked the ball free, with defensive tackle Casey Walker rumbling 45 yards on the return.
Instead of interrupting the Sooners' momentum, Oklahoma kept steamrolling toward the showdown with the Fighting Irish.
“We're excited for next week,” Stills said. “We just hope to continue to keep things rolling, playing all together, firing on all cylinders and hopefully we'll have a great outcome next week.”