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Dissecting The 14 Point Win Over Kansas


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It’s hard to describe just how impressive Oklahoma’s offensive performance was against Kansas on Saturday but in the same breath its almost impossible to address all the concerns raised by Oklahoma’s defense the last two weeks. First and foremost we need to look at the Kansas game for what it was, a two touchdown win over a nationally ranked team. Now, based on that we can look at the play-by-play and analyze what went right and what went wrong for the Sooners.

 

 

Kansas -

Kan kicked off, D. Murray returned kickoff for 23 yards

 

Oklahoma -

1st-10, Okla23

D. Murray rushed to the right for 2 yard gain

2nd-8, Okla25

S. Bradford passed to D. Murray to the right for 5 yard gain

3rd-3, Okla30

S. Bradford passed to M. Clapp to the right for 8 yard gain

1st-10, Okla38

S. Bradford incomplete pass to the right

2nd-10, Okla38

S. Bradford passed to M. Johnson to the left for 21 yard gain

1st-10, Kan41

D. Murray rushed up the middle for 1 yard gain

2nd-9, Kan40

S. Bradford passed to J. Iglesias to the right for 23 yard gain

1st-10, Kan17

S. Bradford passed to Q. Chaney to the left for 4 yard gain

2nd-6, Kan13

S. Bradford incomplete pass down the middle

3rd-6, Kan13

S. Bradford incomplete pass to the left

4th-6, Kan13

J. Stevens missed a 30-yard field goal

 

It was bound to happen at some point but this isn’t the way you’d like to see it go down. Stevens’ missed field goal was the first time Oklahoma had failed to score on their opening possession all season, and it was a chip shot. These are points that the Sooners have to get because missed field goals and extra points have a tendency to come back and haunt you.

 

Kansas -

1st-10, Kan20

T. Reesing passed to D. Briscoe to the right for 15 yard gain

1st-10, Kan35

J. Sharp rushed to the right for 24 yard gain

1st-10, Okla41

T. Reesing passed to D. Briscoe down the middle for 12 yard gain

1st-10, Okla29

T. Reesing sacked by G. McCoy

2nd-14, Okla33

T. Reesing incomplete pass to the right

3rd-14, Okla33

Kan committed 12 yard penalty

4th-26, Okla45

A. Rojas punt, no return

 

Kansas started the game with 51 yards on their first three offensive plays. It should go without saying that is too many yards. Fortunately a Gerald McCoy sack and a Kansas penalty would kill the drive for the Jayhawks but it appears from the start that there are some defensive adjustments that need to be made.

 

1st-10, Okla7

S. Bradford passed to R. Broyles to the right for 6 yard gain

2nd-4, Okla13

S. Bradford passed to J. Iglesias down the middle for 11 yard gain. J. Iglesias fumbled. J. Gresham recovered fumble

1st-10, Okla25

S. Bradford incomplete pass to the left

2nd-10, Okla25

S. Bradford incomplete pass down the middle

3rd-10, Okla25

S. Bradford incomplete pass to the right

4th-10, Okla25

M. Knall punt, no return

 

When is the last time you saw Sam Bradford throw three consecutive incomplete passes in a row? After putting themselves in position to score a field goal on their first drive Oklahoma only mustered 17 yards on their second. Part of the reason is the incomplete passes by Bradford and the other was the defensive adjustments made by Kansas. Oklahoma is used to adjustments made by opposing defenses on their second drive but they usually are sitting on a lead at that time. This was a huge stop by Kansas!

 

Kansas -

1st-10, Kan44

J. Sharp rushed up the middle for 1 yard gain

2nd-9, Kan45

T. Reesing incomplete pass to the left

3rd-9, Kan45

L. Holmes intercepted T. Reesing for no gain

 

As huge as the Kansas stop was on Oklahoma’s last possession Lendy Holmes’ interception was every bit the same. Not only did it stop the Kansas drive but it also gave Oklahoma the ball at the Jayhawks’ 45 with momentum.

 

Oklahoma -

1st-10, Okla16

C. Brown rushed up the middle for 5 yard gain

2nd-5, Okla21

C. Brown rushed up the middle for 4 yard gain

3rd-1, Okla25

C. Brown rushed to the left for 3 yard gain

1st-10, Okla28

S. Bradford rushed to the right for 5 yard gain

2nd-5, Okla33

C. Brown rushed to the right for 4 yard gain

3rd-1, Okla37

S. Bradford rushed up the middle for 2 yard gain

1st-10, Okla39

S. Bradford passed to J. Iglesias to the left for 32 yard gain

1st-10, Kan29

S. Bradford passed to J. Iglesias to the right for 7 yard gain

2nd-3, Kan22

S. Bradford passed to J. Iglesias to the left for 10 yard gain

1st-10, Kan12

 

7-0 OU

S. Bradford passed to M. Clapp to the left for 12 yard touchdown. J. Stevens made PAT

 

Oklahoma was perfect on this drive. The Sooners used the six consecutive running plays to set up four consecutive passes including the 12 yard pass to Matt Clapp for the score. This drive included great play calling and even better execution.   

 

Oklahoma -

Okla kicked off, J. Crawford returned kickoff for 41 yards

 

Kansas -

1st-10, Kan42

T. Reesing passed to K. Meier to the right for 7 yard gain

2nd-3, 50

T. Reesing passed to J. Crawford to the left for 5 yard gain

1st-10, Okla45

T. Reesing rushed to the left for 9 yard gain

2nd-1, Okla36

T. Reesing passed to D. Briscoe down the middle for 25 yard gain

1st-10, Okla11

T. Reesing passed to D. Briscoe to the left for 9 yard gain

2nd-1, Okla2

 

7-7

J. Crawford rushed up the middle for 2 yard touchdown. J. Branstetter made PAT

 

One of the problems I’ve noticed with Oklahoma the last two weeks is their struggle to keep opponents from answering. We saw it time after time against Texas and now we see it here and to everyone’s frustration it begins with a long kickoff return. Once again special teams have plagued the Sooners.

 

Todd Reesing was every bit a good as Sam Bradford had been on Oklahoma’s previous drive. Not only was he accurate but he was also elusive as well as productive.

 

Kansas -

Kan kicked off, D. Murray returned kickoff for 11 yards

 

Oklahoma -

1st-10, Okla21

D. Murray rushed to the left for 17 yard gain

1st-10, Okla38

S. Bradford passed to J. Gresham to the right for 2 yard gain

2nd-8, Okla40

M. Clapp rushed up the middle for 6 yard gain

3rd-2, Okla46

D. Murray rushed to the right for 11 yard gain

1st-10, Kan43

M. Clapp rushed up the middle for 2 yard gain

2nd-8, Kan41

S. Bradford passed to R. Broyles to the left for 9 yard gain

1st-10, Kan32

S. Bradford passed to D. Murray to the left for 19 yard gain

1st-10, Kan13

Okla committed 10 yard penalty

1st-20, Kan23

S. Bradford passed to R. Broyles to the right for 1 yard loss

2nd-21, Kan24

0:13

S. Bradford passed to J. Iglesias down the middle for 21 yard gain

 

2nd Quarter

Oklahoma continued

1st-3, Kan3

 

14-7 OU

D. Murray rushed up the middle for 3 yard touchdown. J. Stevens made PAT

 

Now let’s give the Sooners credit for putting together an answer drive of their own. With the running game producing offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson is able to attack Kansas with enough balance to keep the Jayhawks guessing. When a defense is put in this position against OU’s offense it will almost always lead to points for the Sooners.

 

The drive almost stalled when the Sooners reached the KU 13 with a holding penalty. Bradford’s pass to Iglesias was the key play in this scoring drive because provided the yards to overcome the penalty.

 

Oklahoma -

Okla kicked off, J. Crawford returned kickoff for 17 yards

 

Kansas -

1st-10, Kan19

T. Reesing passed to D. Fields to the left for 2 yard gain

2nd-8, Kan21

T. Reesing incomplete pass to the right

3rd-8, Kan21

T. Reesing incomplete pass to the left

4th-8, Kan21

A. Rojas punt. R. Broyles returned punt for 4 yards

 

There is nothing to complain about here. The kickoff coverage did their job and the defense held Kansas to only two yards. Now the offense has the opportunity to go up by two scores.

 

Oklahoma -

1st-10, 50

S. Bradford passed to J. Iglesias to the right for 11 yard gain

1st-10, Kan39

C. Brown rushed to the left for no gain

2nd-10, Kan39

D. Murray rushed to the left for 4 yard loss

3rd-14, Kan43

S. Bradford passed to R. Broyles down the middle for 7 yard gain

4th-7, Kan36

S. Bradford incomplete pass to the left

 

This was a golden opportunity for OU but they couldn’t capitalize because two running plays that went for a combined -4 yards shut this drive down. For the most part Oklahoma’s rushing attack was very good on the day. This wasn’t one of those times.