Posted by Tom Fornelli
OKLAHOMA WON. Though the Sooners didn't have as easy a time as it might look if you're just looking at the final score. For the first thirty minutes of this contest Oklahoma looked like a team that thought it would just be able to show up in Lawrence on Saturday night and beat Kansas. Which is why the Sooners only had a 27-17 lead at the break.
Oklahoma would pull away in the fourth quarter, as Ryan Broyles finished the night with 13 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Broyles also became the NCAA's all-time leader in receptions when he scored on a 57-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
WHY OKLAHOMA WON. The talent gap between these two teams is just so large that barring numerous mistakes by the Sooners, Kansas just didn't have much of a chance. Yes, the Sooners slept through the first half, but even then they had a 10-point lead. After they were no doubt laid into by the coaching staff during halftime, the Oklahoma defense came out and smothered the Jayhawks offense, allowing only one Kansas first down in the final 30 minutes.
WHEN OKLAHOMA WON. Even after the Oklahoma defense came out in the second half and stopped the Kansas offense cold, the Sooners had trouble taking full advantage. A couple of long drives stalled in the red zone, and Oklahoma had only a 33-17 lead with 14:18 left. Then four minutes later Landry Jones hit Ryan Broyles for their second touchdown connection of the game to make it 40-17, whatever chance Kansas may have had was gone.
WHAT OKLAHOMA WON. I'm not sure it won much of anything, to be honest. Yes, it won the game, but it didn't look nearly as impressive as it should have. Especially if you compare the Sooners performance to the one Oklahoma State had against Kansas last week. I don't think anybody who actually watched this game could justify putting Oklahoma ahead of either LSU or Alabama in the polls on Sunday, and with the BCS rankings coming out tomorrow, the Sooners won't be any higher than third.
WHAT KANSAS LOST. Nothing. I think this is one of those cases where Kansas actually earned some respect in defeat. Sure, the offense did nothing in the second half, but even though it gave up 47 points, this was a much better performance by the Jayhawks defense than any of us have seen this year. Oklahoma had four drives reach the red zone that resulted in field goals after the Kansas defense tightened up, and the Jayhawks also forced 3 turnovers.
THAT WAS CRAZY. Nothing truly insane happened in this game, but the fact that the score was tied 10-10 nearly halfway throught he second quarter probably caught plenty of people by surprise.