LAWRENCE, Kan. — Oklahoma won by 30 points on Saturday night. A reminder of that was required afterward, because it sure did not feel like it most of the evening for the Sooners and their fans, here and at home.
Poor tackling in the first half and red zone hiccups throughout made a 47-17 OU victory against Kansas seem a lot tighter than that result in front of a dwindling crowd of 42,580 fans at Memorial Stadium.
“At the end of the day, nothing’s going to be perfect,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said.
Dominique Whaley rushed for 165 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries for the Sooners (6-0, 3-0 Big 12). Ryan Broyles, on a night when he set the NCAA record for career receptions, caught 13 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns.
OU kicker Michael Hunnicutt connected on four field goals, but three of them were from inside 30 yards – a sign of drives bogging down near the goal line.
“We’ve got to clean it up for sure, if we want to be that team at the end of the year,” Sooners quarterback Landry Jones said. “That’s definitely one area we have to clean up.”
The first BCS rankings come out Sunday night. The Sooners are expected to begin third. Saturday’s effort will not bolster claims of anything higher, anything on or near the same line with Alabama and Louisiana State.
A prevailing presumption existed that this would be extremely easy for OU, a name-your-score night. Seeing what Oklahoma State did to the Jayhawks last week – leading 56-7 at the half on the way to a 70-28 bludgeoning – led to the sentiment for the third-ranked Sooners. So did OU’s 55-17 rout of Texas.
Kansas (2-4, 0-3) entered 120th of 120 FBS teams in total defense, but it offered more of a challenge than that stat would have you believe.
“They’d been called bums all week and everyone was expecting a 100-0 game,” OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. “It’s human nature that they fight.”