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Fun Football Facts From 2008: Kansas State



Back on track after the Kansas game Oklahoma was now facing a road test in Manhattan, Kansas against the Kansas State Wildcats. The Sooners exploded for 28 first quarter points and then nearly matched that with 27 in the second.


The second half wasn’t anything of value as OU seemed almost embarrassed to score 55 points in a half and were afraid to tack on any more. Settling for just a field goal in the final 30 minutes of play it would mark the first time that I can remember complaints after a 58 point performance by the Sooners. Here are a few fun facts about the 2008 OU/Kansas State game that you might have forgotten.


• With the 58-35 win, Oklahoma improved to 69-17-4 against Kansas State and 31-10-1 in Manhattan. The Sooners have won the last three in the series and six of the last seven.


Oklahoma’s 55 points in the first half tied a program record for points in a half. OU had previously posted 55 points against Kansas State in the second half of its 1942 game. The point total is the highest ever in the first half, topping the previous record of 52 against Rice in 1978.


Oklahoma had three scoring drives of a minute or less against Kansas State with drives of 23, 31 and 60 seconds in the first half. This gave OU 11 scoring drives of a minute or less to that point of the season.


• With 134 and 104 yards respectively, running backs Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray both eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the same game for the second time on the season.


• Travis Lewis recorded 15 tackles and 2 interceptions against Kansas State.


• DeMarco Murray rushed for 104 yards (His fifth 100 yard performance) and scored a total of 4 touchdowns.


• Ryan Broyles returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown. It was the first of his career and the first Sooner to score on a punt return since Reggie Smith did so against Middle Tennessee State (61 yards) on Sept. 23, 2006.


• OU was six-for-six inside the Red Zone against Kansas State.


• OU had back-to-back TD drives of two plays each in the first quarter, covering 52 and 59 yards respectively. One quarter later, OU recorded a two-play scoring drive of 15 yards.


• Of its eight scoring first-half scoring drives, Oklahoma’s longest lasted only 1 minute and 45 seconds.