It was a one-touchdown game, 24-17, in the final minute of the second quarter.
“I didn’t feel like we were far off from playing well,” Stoops said of the defensive effort. “We settled in. … I’m pleased about it and excited about what happened in the second half.”
KU rushed for 168 first-half yards – 132 more than Texas had a week earlier against Oklahoma. It was more rushing yards than four of OU’s five opponents had in their entire games against the Sooners.
A 56-yard touchdown run on fourth down by James Sims was a big factor in that. OU had significant pressure on Kansas quarterback Jordan Webb when Webb awkwardly pitched the ball to Sims, who ran past cornerback Jamell Fleming and sprinted to the end zone.
Oklahoma’s final possession of the first half, ending with a 19-yard Hunnicutt field goal, summed up the night for the Sooners when it came to goal-to-go situations.
They had second-and-2 at the KU 5-yard line, and it required a 2-yard run for Whaley on fourth down to pick up the first down. Then, set up first-and-goal at the 3, Jones could not connect with targets on three consecutive throws.
Whaley dropped the first one on what would have been a sure touchdown on a flare to the left flat. Jones fired high on a second-down throw to the back of the end zone. On third down, Trey Millard tripped over his own feet and fell down when he was open in the back of the end zone.
“We’ve just got to not kick field goals, you know?” said Jones, who finished the game 29 of 48 for 363 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception.