The Oklahoma Sooners overcame an early scare from the Kansas Jayhawks and came away from Lawrence with a 34-19 victory. KU scored the first 13 points of the game and even had possession with that lead, but Oklahoma's defense came alive after that point and held the Jayhawks to seven straight punts as the Sooner offense put the game away.
A blocked punt helped swing the game decisively in Oklahoma's direction late in the second quarter. Oklahoma had already gotten in the board, but the resultant safety made the score 13-8 and the Sooners scored on the very next play from scrimmage on a trick pass from Lacoltan Bester to Sterling Shepard. The Sooners would not relinquish the lead from there.
Box Score Hero: Blake Bell finished strong with 131 yards passing, 53 more yards on the ground and a pair of scores to pace the Sooners.
Rankings Ramifications: Oklahoma's No. 18 ranking is more or less secure, though losses ahead of the Sooners will help them move up a couple spots.
But Did They Cover? Oklahoma was a 21.5-point favorite coming into the game. They did not cover.
Next Week's Schedule: Next week, Oklahoma hosts Texas Tech in one of the Big 12's biggest showdowns, while Kansas faces Baylor in home action.