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Fun Football Facts From 2008: Kansas Jayhawks


A week after suffering a crushing 45-35 loss to the Texas Longhorns the Sooners were looking to rebound against the Kansas Jayhawks. While the end result was an Oklahoma win it was too close for comfort to many OU fans. A late Jayhawk touchdown in garbage time made the final score 45-31 and while many fans found this as a reason for concern the Sooners were once again on the road to the Big 12 and BCS Championship games. Here are a few fun facts about the OU/Kansas game that you may have forgotten.


• Nic Harris started the game at middle linebacker for the injured Ryan Reynolds and junior Quinton Carter got his first career start at safety. Harris was credited with five tackles, while Carter had 10.


• OU’s 252 yards of first-quarter offense was the highest total in any quarter against KU, breaking the previous best of 235 in the first quarter of the 1953 match up. The yardage total is the Sooners’ eighth-best mark in any quarter in program history.


• With the win, the Sooners extended their nation’s longest home winning streak to 22, the second longest streak in school history. The last time Oklahoma entered a home contest with a 21-game winning streak was in 1975, where Kansas subsequently ended the streak, beating Oklahoma 23-3.

• The Sooners recorded 674 yards of total offense -- their highest total in 20 years (829 against KSU in 1988) and 216 yards more than any KU opponent on the year (USF had 458). OU’s yardage total marked the fifth-most all-time surrendered by a KU and the most since giving up 717 yards to Oklahoma State in 1988.

• OU’s 97 offensive plays are the most since 1975 when the Sooners ran 102 plays against the Oregon Ducks.

• Sam Bradford’s 468 yards set a program record for passing yards in a game, breaking the previous best of 429 by Josh Heupel against Louisville in 1999.

• Bradford’s 36 completions and 53 attempts tied for third all-time among Sooner QBs.

• Bradford’s 189 first-quarter passing yards is the second-best mark in an opening quarter by an OU QB and the sixth-best mark in any quarter.

Bradford’s 313 first-half passing yards shares second all-time among Sooner quarterbacks.

• Juaquin Iglesias’ 10 catches and 178 receiving yards in the first half both set school records. Iglesias broke the first-half yardage mark set by Mark Clayton (166) against Texas A&M 2003.

Oklahoma’s defense forced a pair of first-half interceptions by KU’s Todd Reesing, marking the first time this season that the KU QB has thrown multiple picks in a game.