The Kansas Jayhawks pulled off a stunning upset of the No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, winning 38-33 in overtime in front of a sellout crowd at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.
The win was Kansas’ first over a ranked opponent since 2008 and its first over Oklahoma since 2016.
The Jayhawks got off to a fast start, taking a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Oklahoma responded with 24 unanswered points to take a 24-14 lead at halftime.
Kansas rallied in the second half, tying the game at 24-24 in the fourth quarter. The game went to overtime after the two teams traded field goals in the final minutes of regulation.
In overtime, Kansas scored first on a 45-yard field goal by Jacob Bowen. Oklahoma responded with a touchdown, but the Jayhawks held on for the win.
Kansas quarterback Jason Bean threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Devin Neal rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown.
Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Kennedy Brooks rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown.
Here are some key takeaways from the game:
- Jason Bean is emerging as a star quarterback for Kansas. He threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns against Oklahoma, and he has now thrown for over 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.
- Devin Neal is a powerful running back who is a threat to break off a big play at any time. He rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown against Oklahoma, and he has now rushed for over 500 yards this season.
- The Jayhawks’ defense played a strong game against Oklahoma. They forced three turnovers, including two interceptions by Bean.
The Jayhawks will look to build on their momentum when they travel to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State on Saturday.
The Impact of the Win
The win was a major upset for Kansas, which had lost its last 16 games against Oklahoma. The win also snapped a 3-game losing streak for the Jayhawks and gave them their first Big 12 Conference win of the season.
The win is a major boost for Kansas head coach Lance Leipold, who is in his second season with the program. Leipold has been praised for his work in turning around the Jayhawks program, and the win over Oklahoma is a major validation of his efforts.
The Next Step for Kansas
Kansas will look to build on its upset win over Oklahoma when it travels to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State on Saturday. The Cyclones are currently ranked No. 7 in the AP Top 25.
A win over Iowa State would be another major upset for Kansas and would put the Jayhawks in position to make a run at a bowl game.