The game featured two lengthy delays, one injury related, the other replay related.
On a night he broke the NCAA receptions record, Ryan Broyles appeared to be on his way to what would have been his third touchdown catch but lost control of the ball when stretching out for the goal line.
Referees ruled Broyles was down at the 1-yard line. After a lengthy review lasting nearly five minutes, officials overturned the call, stating Broyles lost control of the ball before his elbow/hand hit the ground. Kansas was awarded the ball at the 20 after the Jayhawks recovered the fumble in the end zone.
The other lengthy delay occurred late in the first quarter when Kansas center Jeremiah Hatch suffered an injury. Hatch was on the turf for more than five minutes, his head immobilized, tied down to a stretcher. Medical officials rolled Hatch to an ambulance that transported him to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. It was announced in the second half that Hatch was being evaluated “but doing well.”
Dominique Whaley, the surprise story who was profiled in last week's Sports Illustrated and earlier this month in ESPN The Magazine, earned the starting job in part because of his ability to pancake blitzing defenders and never fumbling.
Coaches and teammates say Whaley never fumbles in practice, but his first career fumble Saturday set up a Kansas field goal early in the second quarter. Coaches stuck with Whaley, who rushed for 165 yards on a season high 30 carries.
HUNNICUTT ON A STREAK
In a game that was closer than expected, redshirt freshman Michael Hunnicutt was perfect on field goals of 36, 19 and 27 yards.
Hunnicutt is 9-of-10 on field goals. The miss was a 30-yarder against Ball State.
FINCH RUNS HARD
Sophomore running back Roy Finch, the Sooners second leading rusher last season, received limited carries the first month. Heading into Saturday's game, Finch had only 34 yards rushing 10 attempts. Finch had no carries against Texas, one against Missouri.
In Saturday's win, Finch ran for 58 yards on six carries and a touchdown. The undersized Finch ran hard. A couple of times, he took on Kansas defenders head-on.
PLAYING FOR AUSTIN BOX
Safety Aaron Colvin wore the No. 12 in honor of Austin Box, who died in May. Through six games, the players who have worn the No. 12 jersey have combined for 39 tackles, 0.5 sacks and four quarterback hurries.
Players who have worn No. 12 include: Tom Wort (vs. Tulsa), Frank Alexander (Florida State), Javon Harris (Missouri), Corey Nelson (Ball State), Travis Lewis (Texas) and Colvin (Kansas).
A LOT OF CRIMSON
It wasn't like Lloyd Noble Center last winter, when Kansas had more fans in Norman for a men's basketball game, but there was a lot of crimson in the stands Saturday night. What stood out was OU had hundreds of fans sitting between the 40-yard lines in the high-dollar donor sections.
GOOD SITS WITH A CONCUSSION
Starting left guard Stephen Good did not suit out after suffering a concussion during practice last week. Redshirt freshman Adam Shead, who has received compliments from the coaching staff in recent weeks and has played a few series as a reserve, made his first career start.
Good was inserted in the starting lineup after center Ben Habern suffered a broken arm against Missouri. Gabe Ikard, who slid over from left guard, made his third start at center.
Wide receiver Kenny Stills suffered a twisted right knee midway through the third quarter but returned the following series. Stills watched the entire fourth quarter from the sideline. ... Middle linebacker Tom Wort, who suffered a bruised back against Texas, started, but Jaydan Bird played the entire second half. ... Linebacker Travis Lewis left the game briefly late in the first half, but he returned to play the entire second half. ... Kicker Jimmy Stevens, who was sidelined by a quadriceps injury, then lost his starting job to redshirt freshman Michael Hunnicutt, did not dress out for Saturday's game. It was uncertain if Stevens reinjured his quadriceps.