KU Falls to Oklahoma, 19-3

In a game marred by turnovers and defined by stout defensive units, the University of Kansas (3-3, 0-3 Big 12) fell to Oklahoma (3-3, 2-1), 19-3, Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

Although the Jayhawk defense mounted an impressive effort to keep the score close most of the game, the offense failed to score a touchdown for the second straight week.

Senior quarterback Brian Luke, who finished 11-of-30 for 86 yards, was intercepted on the Jayhawks' first two possessions. On the game's opening drive, Oklahoma cornerback D.J. Wolfe intercepted Luke and ran the pick back 65 yards for a touchdown.

On the next possession, OU linebacker Clint Ingram snagged a Luke pass at the Kansas 38-yard line after it was tipped at the line of scrimmage. The Sooners capitalized on that turnover when kicker Garrett Hartley converted a 40-yard field goal.

Following an OU punt, the Jayhawks marched down the field behind a balanced attack. Following long runs by sophomore fullback Brandon McAnderson and junior running back Jon Cornish, senior wide receiver Mark Simmons made a leaping catch on a pivotal third down to keep the drive alive. The 20-yard reception helped set up a 32-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Scott Webb to make it 10-3 with 1:06 remaining in the first quarter.

Much like the first, the second half opened with a string of turnovers. Gordon intercepted a pass by OU quarterback Rhett Bromar and returned it to the Sooners' 25 yard-line. On the ensuing play, an interception by OU safety Rufus Alexander gave the ball back to the Sooners on their two-yard line. However, OU's drive was thwarted by another Gordon interception, this one giving KU the ball back at its 28-yard line with 8:05 remaining in the third quarter.

OU finally broke the scoring deadlock when Bromar found Malcolm Kelly for a 25-yard touchdown with 10:17 remaining in the fourth quarter. Hartley missed the extra point attempt (wide right) and the Sooners took a 16-3 lead. The Sooners later added a 40-yard field goal by Hartley to increase their lead to 19-3 with 4:01 remaining in the game.

Senior linebackers Nick Reid and Kevin Kane each recorded two sacks in the game, and Reid also registered a team-high 15 tackles. Reid also became KU's all-time leader with 42 career tackles for loss, breaking Willie Pless' record of 41.

The game marked the first time Kansas played at Arrowhead Stadium. The Jayhawks travel to Boulder Saturday to take on Colorado. The game is set to kick off at 6 p.m.

Story courtesy: KUAC


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