University of Kansas

Jayhawk report

First quarter

Key play: KU quarterback Todd Reesing threw an interception on the first play from scrimmage to OU's Quinton Carter, giving the Sooners the ball at the KU 46. OU would score on a 1-yard Chris Brown run.

Key stat: Reesing interceptions ended KU's first two drives.

Second quarter

Key play: Reesing threw his third interception of the game to OU cornerback Dominique Franks, who returned it 85 yards for a touchdown. OU led 14-0.

Key stat: Jacob Branstetter kicked a 57-yard field goal to end the half.

Third quarter

Key play: Oklahoma scored on its first drive of the second half on a 9-yard pass from Landry Jones to Adron Tennell. The Sooners led 21-6.

Key stat: The Jayhawks had one rushing yard in the second and third quarters after having 45 in the first.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Brown darted for a 26-yard touchdown run, his second of the day, to put the game away for the Sooners. OU led 35-6.

Key stat: KU's late touchdown avoided Saturday becoming its first game without a touchdown since the 2005 game against OU.

REPORT CARD

Offense: F. It was a humbling day for the Jayhawks, who came into the game ranked second nationally in total offense. They learned what it's like to play against a defense loaded with future NFL players.

Defense: C. The Jayhawks weren't good, but they weren't awful either. Of course, when KU desperately needed its defense to keep the game tight in the third quarter, the Jayhawks reverted back to their Iowa State and Colorado selves.

Special teams: B+. Jacob Branstetter made both of his field goals, including a 57-yarder to end the first half and get KU to within one score. The Jayhawks didn't hurt themselves here in any facet.

Coaching: D. Every new wrinkle that the Jayhawks showed didn't work. KU's decision to start freshman cornerback D.J. Beshears over the more experienced Daymond Patterson backfired when Beshears was flagged for two obvious pass interferences.

Player of the game

Jacob Branstetter. KU's kicker nailed field goals of 39 and 57 yards to keep the Jayhawks within one score at 14-6 at halftime.

Reason to hope

Well, at least the rest of the Big 12 North doesn't look so good either. Nebraska lost at home to Iowa State, and Colorado imploded at Kansas State.

Reason to mope

KU's offense showed that it hasn't overcome the talent gap presented by the Big 12 South's elite.

Looking ahead

The Jayhawks head to Lubbock for a nationally-televised game at Texas Tech, which beat KU 63-21 last season in Lawrence.

_ J. Brady McCollough

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