So far, Heupel is halfway there.
In three games, Heupel has completed 67 percent of his passes (69 of 103) and leads the NCAA in the statistical category.
Heupel threw two interceptions against Rice, raising his season total to four, but he was on target most of the day, completing 77.1 percent (27 of 35 passes). That's just shy of his best mark in a 15-game career -- 77.5 percent in his debut against Indiana State.
In the last two games, Heupel is 51-of-67 (76.1 percent).
Heupel ranks among NCAA leaders in several other categories, including:
Total offense (fourth, 307.3- yard average).
Points responsibility (tie third, 50 points).
Yards per attempt (third, 8.73 average).
Passing efficiency (seventh, 155.0).
Total passing (eighth, 23
completions per game).
Stingy Jayhawks Kansas leads the nation in pass defense.
The Jayhawks have allowed an average of 84.0 yards in three games. Their last two opponents, Alabama- Birmingham and Southern Illinois, have managed 45 and 43 passing yards, respectively.
A year ago, the Jayhawks
ranked last in the Big 12 and
102nd nationally in pass-
defense efficiency, allowing
opponents 233.4 passing yards
Turnovers, turnovers Rice was within seven points of the Sooners late in the third quarter Saturday. Except for three turnovers, OU could have put the Owls away much earlier.
Just ask Heupel, who threw two interceptions. that marred an otherwise stellar performance.
"We killed ourselves by turning the ball over," Heupel said. "If we don't do that, then we'd have put up a lot of points early."
Extra points Damian Mackey extended his streak of consecutive-catch games to 15, tying the school record held by Eddie Hinton.
Brian Bosworth wasn't the
only former Sooner great to
address the team over the
weekend. Barry Switzer and
Tony Casillas spoke to the
Sooners on Friday night.