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.
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.
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.
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.
|D||Offense||KU 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||Defense||KU 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 teams||Punter 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||Coaching||Charlie 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, email@example.com