NORMAN – The Sooners easily took care of business Saturday afternoon against winless Kansas, hammering the Jayhawks 62-9 for their fourth straight win. The Sooner defense was stifling, registering nine sacks against the hapless KU offense.
Spencer Rattler was OK on the day, going 15 of 27 for 212 yards, one TD, and one pick. He also sustained a bruised hip that limited him thereafter, although it does not look like it will be a lingering issue. Austin Stogner led all receivers with three catches for 75 yards and a score. Rhamondre Stevenson had four catches for 60 yards, while Jaden Haselwood returned to action with one catch for 33 yards. Marvin Mims had two for 30 and a score, while Theo Wease added three for 24.
Stevenson again led all rushers for OU with 104 yards and two TDs on only 11 carries. T.J. Pledger had 36 yards on seven carries.
The Sooners won the toss and deferred to the second half. Tre Brown ended the Jayhawks’ opening possession with an interception at the KU 45. Rattler hit Hall for six yards, then Stevenson for 19 on a swing pass. On the next play, Stogner snuck across the middle wide open for the last 20 yards, and the Sooners led 7-0 with 12:01 to play in the first quarter.
After a KU three-and-out, the Sooners moved to the Jayhawk 49. However, Rattler made an ill-advised pass back across the middle and was picked off at the KU 35. Bookie Radley-Hiles returned the favor, picking off KU QB Jalon Daniels on the run at the OU 39. He returned it to the KU 31, but fumbled it there and the Jayhawks recovered at their own 24. KU went three-and-out from there and punted the Sooners back to their own 41.
Pledger started the ensuing drive with a nine-yard run. Three plays later, OU converted a fourth and one, then Rattler hit Drake Stoops for a 36-yard gain that was called back by a holding penalty. Rattler then hit Mims for 16 yards and Pledger ran for eight. An eight-yard pass to Wease and a 12-yarder to Hall made it first down at the KU 13. Stevenson took it in from there around the left side, and it was 14-0 with 1:26 to play in the first quarter.
After two KU punts sandwiched around one from OU, the Sooners took over on their own 24. Stevenson ran for seven yards, then Stogner caught one for 33 yards and a first down at the KU 33. After a Stevenson run took it to the 25, Rattler hit Wease for 13 to the 12. A pass interference penalty on the next play moved it to the two, from where Rattler ran it in around the right side to make it 21-0 with 8:13 to play in the second quarter.
KU went for it on fourth and one from their own 27 on the next series but was unsuccessful. The Sooners could only convert the field position into three points. Gabe Brkic’s 40-yarder made it 24-0 with 4:48 to play in the second quarter.
After KU went three-and-out again, OU took over on their own 43. They quickly moved to the KU 21 behind a 22-yard completion to Stogner and an 11-yard Stevenson run. Mims took a double reverse 17 yards to the four, and Pledger ran it in from there to make it 31-0 with 1:26 to play in the second quarter. KU managed to break the shutout with a 32-yard field goal on the final play of the half.
The Sooners took the opening kickoff of the second half and made it to the KU 33 before stalling. Brkic’s 50-yard field goal made it 34-3 with 11:17 to play in the third quarter. After KU again went three-and-out, the Sooners set off on a five-play, 53-yard drive that was all Stevenson. He capped it off with a 29-yard TD run to make it 41-3 with 8:59 to play in the third quarter. That would be Rattler’s last action of the day.
Tanner Mordecai came on and had a 14-yard TD pass to Mims, followed by a three-yard TD run from Marcus Major, and it was 55-3. The Sooners’ final scoring play came on a 13-yard Chandler Morris keeper to make it 62-3. KU would add their only touchdown on the afternoon on the final play of the game to make it 62-9.
With Kansas State losing to Oklahoma State yesterday, the Sooners’ path back to the Big 12 Championship Game is relatively clear. If Kansas State loses another game, which appears to be highly likely, the Sooners control their own destiny for Arlington. Winning out against OSU, West Virginia, and Baylor should get us a chance for our sixth straight conference title.
Next Saturday is an off week before the final three-game stretch that will decide the season. Enjoy it and see you on 11/21 when little brother comes to town.