OKLAHOMA 34, KANSAS 16 -- Final

Friday, September 29th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Kansas (2-2) at Oklahoma (4-0)
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Josh Heupel threw for 346 yards and a touchdown and J.T. Thatcher had three interceptions as No. 14 Oklahoma beat Kansas 34-16 on Saturday.

Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) withstood a first-half scare from Kansas (2-2, 0-1), which led 16-10 early in the second quarter.

But Dylen Smith _ who ran and passed freely at times early on _ self-destructed, throwing five interceptions, three of them to Thatcher. Smith also fumbled once, and four of his turnovers led to Oklahoma scores.

Smith had not been sacked all season going into the game, but was sacked six times by the Oklahoma defense, which held Kansas scoreless in the second half.

Heupel was 29-of-43 with no interceptions. He led the Sooners to two third-quarter scores, including a 22-yard touchdown pass to Andre Woolfolk with 3:59 left in the quarter that put OU up 34-16.

Oklahoma's Tim Duncan kicked a 39-yard field goal to cap Oklahoma's first drive of the second half.

Oklahoma led 24-16 at halftime after a 40-yard TD reverse by Antwone Savage with 2:50 left in the second quarter.

The Sooners were efficient in the first half, gaining 232 yards and scoring when they had to.

But it was the Kansas offense that was surprisingly slick, racking up 284 yards before halftime. It faltered in the second half, managing just 93 yards.

Smith had a career-high 216 yards by halftime and burned the Sooners on several long passes, including a 77-yard TD pass to Harrison Hill that put Kansas up 6-3 early in the first quarter. Joe Garcia missed the extra point.

Oklahoma answered that touchdown with a 12-play, 80-yard drive ending with Heupel's 1-yard dive that put OU up 10-6.

But Kansas went right back to work on a drive that started on the Kansas 47. After an 18-yard pass from Smith to Hill, and Smith's 5-yard run, David Winbush ran through a huge hole in the middle of the field for a 29-yard touchdown run that put Kansas up 13-10 with 3:05 left in the first quarter.

On the next Kansas series, a punting situation at the Sooners' 37 became a field goal try after a 5-yard penalty on OU for trying to draw a false start. Garcia made the 49-yarder to give Kansas a 16-10 lead.

Kansas had the ball three more times in the first half, but its drives ended on an interception, a fumble and a punt.

Oklahoma scored on two of its final three first-half possessions. After Corey Callens recovered Smith's fumble at the Kansas 13, Griffin spun off a tackler and ran up the middle for a touchdown that put OU up 17-16 midway through the second quarter.

The Jayhawks' next drive ended when Brandon Everage intercepted a Smith pass at the Oklahoma 49, and Oklahoma went on to score a touchdown before the half.

Smith finished 12-of-29 for 258 yards.

Quentin Griffin ran for 55 yards and a touchdown for Oklahoma.

David Winbush ran for 75 yards for the Jayhawks and scored a touchdown.

Quarter 1st2nd 3rd4thFinal

TeamScore TimeSummaryRunning Score
OU12:15 1stQTim Duncan 37 yd FGOU 3-0
Kansas11:23 1stQRoger Ross 77 yd TD rec from Dylan Smith(kick failed)Kansas 6-3
OU4:22 1stQJosh heupel 1 yd run(kick good)OU 10-6
Kansas3:05 2ndQTD(kick good)Kansas 13-10
Kansas2ndQJoe Garcia 49 yd FGKansas 16-10
OU7:00 2ndQQuenton Griffin 12 yd run(kick good)OU 17-16
OU2:50 2ndQAntwone Savage 40 yd run(kick good)OU 24-16
OU8:11 3rdQTim Duncan 39 yd FGOU 27-16
OU3:59 3rdQAndre Woolfolk 22 yd TD rec from Heupel(kick good)OU 34-16