All plays mean something but some end up mattering more than others. We look at the five plays that told the story of Oklahoma and Kansas.
OU 62, KU 7
Play No. 1: Mayfield finds Shepard
Right out the gate. OU won the toss and elected to receive. Usually it’s elect to defer, but Stoops said the wind wasn’t a factor so why not get right to it?
The Sooners did just that as quarterback Baker Mayfield found senior wide receiver Sterling Shepard for a 41-yard gain on the very first play of scrimmage.
Surprisingly, the drive didn’t result in points as kicker Austin Seibert missed a 32-yard field goal. However, the tone was set nice and early that OU wasn’t going to sleepwalk and play conservative against its lesser foe.
Play No. 2: Tapper gets his sack
The light bulb has gone off for OU senior Charles Tapper. The defensive end, who admitted flat out he was playing a little timid during the first month of the season, has been anything but that during the last few games.
Tapper had three sacks and forced two fumbles against the Jayhawks. Although OU entered the game with 25 sacks, the Baltimore native actually had a goose egg heading into the weekend.
The Sooners defense was able to earn five sacks in the game and now has 30 for the season after having 32 in 13 games last year.
Play No. 3: Dede comes up big
The thing the Sooners have to be searching for is that consistent No. 2 receiver option with Sterling Shepard. This game, although it didn’t look huge on paper, was a real nice outing for Dede Westbrook.
OU was up 21-7 in the second quarter and was faced with a second-and-32. Mayfield hit Westbrook for 18 yards, Shepard for 10 to set up a fourth-and-four.
Mayfield looked to Westbrook on a slant, and he made it a nice, competitive grab for seven yards and the first down.
Westbrook, at times, has appeared like he hasn’t had the mental toughness to be able to make a grab like that. In the grand scheme of things, OU was going to win, but it was nice to see Westbrook respond so well in that situation.
Play No. 4: Perine delivers the boom
Not sure if OU running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon sort of planned it that way or not, but it felt like the two were looking for excuses to run into Jayhawk defenders.
Both delivered their fair share of hits with Perine’s best probably coming midway through the second quarter. With OU backed up to its own 3 yard line, the sophomore ran for 22 yards and delivered a blow to KU’s Brandon Stewart on the sideline.
Perine finished with two more touchdowns against the Jayhawks although 427 yards were not even close to being necessary this time around.
Play No. 5: Brother-to-brother
OU was already up 55-7 midway through the fourth quarter when the Brothers Knight, Trevor Knight and Connor Knight, were able to make a little history.
The Sooners faced a third-and-nine at the KU 17 yard line. Bob Stoops said after the game it was a called run, but Trevor checked to a pass.
He found his twin on the sideline in the end zone, and Connor made a terrific grab for his first career touchdown in a truly special moment for the whole Knight family there in attendance.