Junior running back James Sims eclipsed 100 yards for the third straight week, rushing for 102 yards on 28 carries. Sims was present until the end, carrying the ball 11 times on KU’s only scoring drive, a 19-play marathon that chewed up more than 10 minutes in the fourth quarter. Sims rushed for 138 yards on 27 carries last week.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
“We had opportunities to score touchdowns, and we just didn’t connect with them,” Sims said. “That’s just something we got to practice and work on.”
• Kansas played without senior receivers D.J. Beshears (shoulder) and Daymond Patterson (head). Sophomore running back Tony Pierson did return after missing last week with an elbow injury. Pierson finished with 67 yards on 14 carries. Senior linebacker Tunde Bakare also returned after missing last week with issues stemming from a concussion.
• Oklahoma’s 38-point halftime lead was its largest since leading by 41 against Idaho State back in September 2009. The Sooners outscored KU 172-54 in the Jayhawks’ last four trips to Norman.
• Sophomore kicker Nick Prolago, who replaced Ron Doherty on field-goal attempts last week, missed a 30-yard field goal.