The Oklahoma Sooners crushed the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday 47-17, but it certainly wasn’t quite the blowout it could have been or it was expected to be.
The Sooners rolled up 610 yards of offense but only managed to score three touchdowns in their seven trips into the red zone. The score could have been much worse had the Sooners managed to score at least a few more touchdowns.
Kicker Michael Hunnicutt did his job by making all four of his field goals that resulted from OU’s failures in the red zone.
After Oklahoma State blew the Jayhawks out, 70-28 last week, many were expecting the Sooners to do the same, if not worse against a hapless KU team.
The Jayhawks weren’t going to go away quietly. After all, they had heard all week how horrible they were defensively and how many points OU was going to put up on them.
Kansas fought hard in the first half, ending the first quarter tied at 10 and trailed only 27-17 at halftime.
The second half was a completely different story as the Oklahoma defense shut the Jayhawk offense down. Kansas managed only one first down in the second half and just six total yards.
Meanwhile, it was another offensive explosion for the Sooners individually. Running back Dominique Whaley ran for 165 yards on 30 carries and a touchdown and Landry Jones had a ho-hum 29-48 for 363 yards and three touchdowns with one pick.
But the night belonged to OU senior wide receiver Ryan Broyles. The Norman native finished the night with 13 catches for 217 yards and two touchdowns. The 217 yards were a career high.
His 13 catches made him the all-time NCAA receptions leader. He became the new record holder on his 57-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.
His two touchdowns made him the Big 12 leader in career touchdown receptions with 44.
Overall, it wasn’t a bad night for the Sooners, but it could have been better.