Running back Dominique Whaley had a career night (165 yards rushing).
When's the last time Whaley, who was a backup at Lawton MacArthur and Langston, had 30 carries? Junior high?
“Never,” Whaley said after a 47-17 win over Kansas. “I enjoyed it.”
You're not sore?
“Maybe (Sunday) but not right now,” Whaley said.
Whaley also had his first career fumble.
“I don't want another one until forever,” Whaley said. “I've just got to keep it protected, secure the ball to the body and that won't happen.”
DEFENSE A TALE OF TWO HALVES
Kansas compiled 246 yards and 17 points the first half. The Jayhawks averaged 6.7 yards per rush attempt.
Defensive coordinator Brent Venables said the Jayhawks' offensive line is the best the Sooners have faced the first six games.
“The thing you can't do is give up big plays. And you have to get pressure on the quarterback,” Venables said. “There are things you have to do on a consistent basis... In the second half we played like we're capable, better positioning, better tackling.”
In the second half, OU limited Kansas to one first down, six total yards (0.2 yards per play).
“We got angry,” said OU linebacker Travis Lewis. “They were talking an awful lot of trash. That got us going. We flipped the switch and settled down. Once we did that we dominated.”
TOUGHER THAN EXPECTED
Because they were a five-touchdown favorite, and Kansas has allowed nearly 60 points a game to four BCS opponents, it was surprising the Sooners led only 30-17 after three quarters.
“Everybody saw the score last week against Oklahoma State and thought it was going to be like a video game. It doesn't happen that way,” said co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. “Our kids are human. (Kansas) wanted to play well and we were a little bit off early.
“But Landry (Jones) throws for (363 yards). You look at the number Ryan (Broyles) had (13 catches, 217 yards). Dom ran well. But we still did some things we want to do better. But we won by 30 on the road. Sometimes we try to be so perfect we don't give the other team credit.”
Kicker Jimmy Stevens (quad injury) didn't make the trip. Michael Hunnicutt was 4-of-4 on field goals. He's 10-of-11 since taking over for Stevens. Freshman Eric Hosek was the backup kicker. ... Middle linebacker Jaydan Bird played most of the second half for Tom Wort, who suffered a bruised back against Texas.