University of Kansas

Kansas-Oklahoma game report

Updated: 2013-10-20T02:29:33Z

First quarter

Key play: James Sims had a 20-yard run to the Oklahoma 9-yard line, setting up KU’s first touchdown of the game.

Key stat: Sims rushed 11 times for 85 yards in the first quarter.

Second quarter

Key play: On a double reverse, Oklahoma receiver Lacoltan Bester zipped a strike to Sterling Shepard for a 49-yard touchdown. The Sooners took a 15-13 lead.

Key stat: KU outrushed Oklahoma 155 to 68.

Third quarter

Key play: Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell hit Sterling Shepard on a 10-yard touchdown pass, stretching Oklahoma’s lead to 25-13.

Key stat: Oklahoma had 86 yards rushing in the quarter.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Bell nearly coughed up the ball on a run in KU territory, but an official’s review couldn’t find evidence to overturn the play.

Key stat: After the first quarter, Jake Heaps completed one of seven passes for -2 yards.

Player of the game: Oklahoma receiver Lacoltan Bester. After his 49-yard touchdown pass on a double-reverse, KU fans had to be wondering why Oklahoma’s receivers throw a better deep ball than KU’s quarterbacks.

Reason to hope: You have to wait a while, but the schedule will soften in November with games against West Virginia and Iowa State.

Reason to mope: Those 16 passing yards are a good place to start.

Looking ahead: KU stays at home this Saturday, facing an unbeaten Baylor team at Memorial Stadium.

Report card

D OffenseKU has regained its identity as a physical running team, but the passing game continues to regress. Quarterback Jake Heaps managed just 16 passing yards, and KU ran just 52 plays to Oklahoma’s 71.
B DefenseKU forced two turnovers and held Oklahoma to just 5.8 yards per play. Junior JaCorey Shepherd continues to look like a real playmaker. It makes you wonder: How good could the defense be with an offense that could do more?
C Special teamsPunter Trevor Pardula (33.9 yards per punt) had his worst game, and kicker Matthew Wyman missed two extra points. Senior Josh Ford picked up the offense with a blocked punt, setting up KU’s final touchdown.
C CoachingCharlie Weis crafted a game plan that helped KU stay within reach of Oklahoma into the fourth quarter. But that passing game … it needs some work.

| Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com

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