College Football

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9:00 AM PT10:00 AM MT11:00 AM CT12:00 PM ET4:00 PM GMT12:00 AM 北京时间9:00 AM MST11:00 AM EST, Oct. 23, 2021
Kivisto Field at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kansas  Attendance: 0

Caleb Williams, No. 3 Oklahoma on a roll; Kansas next

Oklahoma Sooners at Kansas Jayhawks

  1. Oklahoma has won 16 consecutive games against Kansas dating back to 2000, winning last year's meeting by 53. Since 2015, the Sooners have beaten the Jayhawks by at least 50 points three times, the most such games by any FBS team against a single opponent.
  2. Oklahoma is averaging 42.7 points this season but is also allowing 24.9 points. The combined 473 points in Sooner games ranks third in the FBS behind Missouri (501) and Texas (498).
  3. Caleb Williams went 18-for-23 from the field with four pass TDs and one rush TD. In the last 25 seasons, the only other Sooners to complete at least 75.0 percent of their passes with at least four pass TDs and one rush TD in a game are Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield and Sam Bradford.
  4. After beating South Dakota to open the season, Kansas has lost five straight. The Jayhawks have been outscored by 160 points this season, worst in the FBS.
  5. Devin Neal has rushed for 318 yards this season and two scores while Jason Bean has rushed for 305 yards with two scores. Kansas and TCU are the only teams in the Big 12 with two players with at least 300 rush yards and multiple rush TDs this season.

A few weeks ago, Oklahoma's defense was holding the team's undefeated season together through close games.

Questions swirled, though, about Oklahoma's offense.

But after making a quarterback change Oct. 9 against Texas, replacing Spencer Rattler with Caleb Williams, the now-No. 3 Sooners have been rolling offensively.

Over the past two games -- heading into Saturday's Big 12 game at Kansas (1-5, 0-3) -- Williams is 34 of 48 for 507 yards and six touchdowns without an interception, and he has rushed for 154 yards and two scores. It led to Oklahoma victories of 55-48 over then-No. 21 Texas and 52-31 over TCU.

But beyond that, the Sooners (7-0, 4-0) have looked much better offensively overall, getting better protection up front and creating space for not only Williams to make plays with his feet, but also for running back Kennedy Brooks. Williams also has completed more passes downfield.

Brooks has rushed for 370 yards and three touchdowns in wins over Texas and TCU, closing in on becoming just the fourth player to have three 1,000-yard rushing seasons for Oklahoma.

Since Williams replaced Rattler in the second quarter against Texas, the Sooners have eight passing plays of 25 or more yards. Rattler had eight such plays over the first five-plus games.

"We're just executing the deep ball," Sooners receiver Jadon Haselwood said. "Even in practice, we're working on that type of stuff and practicing trying to get it right for Saturday.

"Everybody's more in sync. We're in our midseason form."

A game against the Jayhawks doesn't figure to do anything to change that, as only four other Football Bowl Subdivision defenses have allowed more yards per game than Kansas this season.

While Oklahoma's offense is hitting its stride, the defense has struggled at times, especially in the secondary, where the Sooners have been without several key pieces -- cornerback Woodi Washington and safety Delarrin Turner-Yell have been injured of late and another cornerback, D.J. Graham, left last week's game with an injury.

Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said the group was making strides but should get reinforcements back soon as those players start returning.

"We've had to make it work," Riley said. "We've had to develop depth."

Kansas' passing offense is among the FBS' worst, averaging less than 173 yards through the air this season.

Kansas coach Lance Leipold, who took the job in May after Les Miles agreed to a buyout, said improvement needed to start becoming apparent.

"You can't just keep playing for the future all the time," Leipold said. "That'll be a conversation down the road. We understand that.

"Holistically, there are improvements in our program being made, but I'm just like all of you, our fans, our players, our staff -- disappointed and frustrated that it's not being reflected really at all on the scoreboard."

Oklahoma has beaten Kansas 16 straight times. The Jayhawks' last win over the Sooners came in 1997.

--Field Level Media

Updated October 19, 2021

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