7:00 PM ET, October 15, 2005
Arrowhead Stadium, KANSAS CITY, MO
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas coach Mark Mangino promised to stick with Brian Luke the entire game, and Oklahoma fans are glad that he's a man of his word.
Luke threw interceptions on two of his first three passes, leading directly to 10 Oklahoma points, and the Sooners escaped with a 19-3 victory Saturday night in a mistake-filled game in Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium.
Kansas' nationally ranked defense held Oklahoma (3-3, 2-1 Big 12) to no touchdowns and 167 total yards the first three quarters. But the Jayhawks, partly because of good Oklahoma defense but mostly because of their own offensive ineptitude, had only 11 yards of total offense in the entire second half and failed to score a TD for the second straight week.
"It felt good to hang in there in a hard-fought game, especially in the second half," said Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. "I was pleased because we did what was necessary to put ourselves in position to win."
Kansas (3-3, 0-3) has not scored a touchdown in nine straight quarters and had just 97 yards for the game. Luke, a senior who had been a part of nine quarterback switches by Mangino in the two previous games, had three interceptions, including a backbreaker on the Oklahoma goal line..
"It's probably the most disappointing offensive performance that I've been around in a long, long time, in many ways," said Mangino. "The responsibility is mine. The blame is at my doorstep and rightfully so. I've got to get this offense going, and I'll find a way to do it."
Rhett Bomar's 25-yard TD pass to Malcolm Kelly with 10:17 left capped the Sooners' only touchdown drive and gave them a 16-3 lead with 10:17 left.
Bomar, the redshirt freshman who came in as the Big 12's 12th-ranked passer, connected on a 40-yarder to Kelly to ignite the 11-play, 92-yard march and finally bring life to an Oklahoma offense that had trouble all night moving against a powerful but frustrated Kansas defense.
It's the second week in a row the Kansas defense has played exceptionally well only to lose. Last week, Kansas State beat the Jayhawks 12-3 despite averaging less than 1 yard per carry.
"You play a game you think you should have won, and it's like ripped out of you. There's definitely frustration," said linebacker Kevin Kane.
Oklahoma's only other touchdown came against the inept offense of the Jayhawks. On the third play of the game, before a disappointing crowd of 54,109, cornerback D.J. Wolfe intercepted Luke's underthrown pass and returned it 65 yards to the end zone.
With Oklahoma's Calvin Thibodeaux grabbing him by the ankles, an off-balance Luke threw the ball straight into the arms of Wolfe, who picked up a couple nice blocks during his TD return.
"I tried to muscle it out there," said Luke, who was 11-for-30 for 86 yards. "I wasn't able to step into it as much as I'd like to. ... I overestimated my arm strength. I definitely want to take some responsibility for our offensive performance. But it's a team game. The offense, we're not discouraged. We're going to come back this week and keep working."
After the second interception, the Kansas defense, which came in as No. 3 in the nation against the run, allowed Oklahoma only one first down before Garrett Hartley came in to kick a 40-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead.
Oklahoma, fresh off a 45-12 spanking by No. 2 Texas, had only 82 yards of total offense in the first half to 86 for Kansas.
Each team botched two field goal attempts in the second quarter. Hartley was wide left from 48 and 37 yards.
Kansas' Scott Webb failed from the 41 -- following Charles Gordon's 31-yard punt return -- and wasn't even able to get off a 32-yarder because of a bad snap.
In the scoreless third quarter, Gordon intercepted two of Bomar's passes -- giving the Jayhawks possession on the Oklahoma 25 and the Kansas 28.
On the first play after the first interception, Luke's pass was intercepted at the goal line by Rufus Alexander, who wrestled the ball away from Derek Fine. The play was reviewed but allowed to stand.
"We've had some tough calls go against us on some turnovers this year," said Stoops. "We finally got one to go our way. That was a big play in the game. Fortunately, they ruled it as they did and we got the ball."
After Gordon's second interception, the Jayhawks lost 2 yards on three plays and punted.
Webb had a 32-yard field goal late in the first quarter, and Hartley booted a 40-yarder with 4:01 left in the game.
Oklahoma got 139 of its 306 total yards in the fourth quarter.
Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson, hobbled by an ankle injury, was virtually useless for the second week in a row, carrying five times for minus-4 yards.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||6-19||1-12|
|4th Down Conversions||2-2||0-2|
|TD||13:33||D.J. WOLFE 65 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (GARRETT HARTLEY KICK)||7||0|
|FG||9:58||GARRETT HARTLEY 40 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 15 yards.
|FG||1:06||SCOTT WEBB 32 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 48 yards.
|TD||10:17||MALCOM KELLY 25 YD PASS FROM RHETT BOMAR (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 92 yards.
|FG||4:01||GARRETT HARTLEY 40 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 50 yards.