Jayhawks Fall at OU, 45-31

KU's Dez Briscoe (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

NORMAN, Okla. – Despite a record-breaking performance by wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, the No. 16 Kansas football team was defeated by the fourth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 45-31, Saturday at the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.The loss dropped Kansas to 5-2 on the season, 2-1 in Big 12 play.

The loss dropped Kansas to 5-2 on the season, 2-1 in Big 12 play. The Sooners improved to 6-1, 2-1 in the Big 12.

Briscoe caught 12 Todd Reesing passes for 269 yards, both school records, and two touchdowns to lead the Jayhawks in a losing effort.

Reesing finished the game 24-of-41 for 342 yards and two touchdowns passing. It was the fifth 300-yard game of the season for the junior from Austin, Texas, tying his own school single-season record that he set last year.

Junior running back Jake Sharp was also impressive in defeat, carrying the ball 12 times for 103 yards and a touchdown. It marked the second consecutive game that the Salina, Kan., product eclipsed the 100-yard barrier.
Kansas trailed just 24-17 at halftime, and were still within seven at 31-24 after junior running back Jake Sharp waltzed in for a 17-yard touchdown run with 11:21 to play in the third quarter.

The first half for the Jayhawks was highlighted by a 69-yard Reesing to Briscoe touchdown connection that cut the Sooner lead to 21-17 with 2:35 to go in the half. Oklahoma added a field goal before the break, and Kansas was behind just 24-17 with the second half to play.

Briscoe finished the first half with nine catches for 193 yards, which was already a career-high with a whole half to play. The sophomore from Dallas, Texas, also had a key 40-yard reception late in the second to quarter to set up a 23-yard field goal by Jacob Branstetter.

Oklahoma racked up 252 yards in the first quarter, but managed only seven points in the quarter thanks to a stingy performance by the KU defense. The Sooners’ opening drive resulted in a missed field goal, marking the first time this season that OU hasn’t scored on its first possession.

Jocques Crawford had his first career kickoff return in the first quarter, taking it 42 yards before finishing the drive off with a 2-yard touchdown run. Crawford’s score made it the first time all season that OU has allowed a touchdown in the first quarter.

Homecoming awaits Kansas next weekend in Lawrence, as the Jayhawks welcome the unbeaten, No. 5 Texas Tech Red Raiders to Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN and is scheduled to kickoff at 11 a.m. CT.

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