University of Kansas

This is how the KU defense forced Oklahoma to punt on a fourth-and-goal play

This isn’t something you often see while watching a football game.

Come to think of it, have you ever seen this?

During sixth-ranked Oklahoma’s 45-20 win over Kansas on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, the Sooners ran a third-and-goal play from the 48-yard line. Yep, 48-yard line.

“That was kind of a weird,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said after the game. “That was a debacle from everyone ... involved. We should have had a pretty easy touchdown there. We jacked that up, me being the person that jacked it up the most.”

Here is how it went down:

Leading 14-7 in the second quarter, OU drove from its own 8 to the Jayhawks’ 7. Things went south from there.

A short run by Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts was negated by a holding penalty. That made it first-and-goal from the 17. Hurts was sacked, taking an 8-yard loss and another Sooners holding call was declined.

That gave Oklahoma second-and-goal from the 25 and it tried a bit of misdirection that went terribly wrong:

That made it third-and-goal from the KU 48. Hurts’ 19-yard pass to Grant Calcaterra moved the ball to the KU 29. However, guard Marquis Hayes was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and that pushed the ball to the KU 44.

From there, the Sooners punted ... on fourth and goal.

After the game, reporters could hear a toilet being flushed during Riley’s news conference. You can see that here (starting at the 3 minute mark).

“I’ve never had that in the backdrop of my press conference, so a lot of news today,” Riley joked. “That’s what they thought of my playcalls at the end of the half.”

On their next possession, the Sooners ended up getting a touchdown before the end of the half and took a 21-7 lead into the break.

It all turned out fine for the Sooners, but there were some odd moments.

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