Oklahoma is gunning for its 22nd consecutive road win on Saturday when they travel north to face the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence. The Sooners currently have the nation’s longest road winning streak with Clemson having the next longest at just nine games.
Here are ten things you may not have known about Oklahoma’s game against Kansas.
1. The Measure Of Success
Oklahoma is 76-27-6 (.725) all-time vs. Kansas and has won 14 straight in the series. It is OU’s longest active winning streak against an opponent.
2. Not A Great Track Record
Kansas holds a 26- 169-2 record against AP-ranked teams, including a 9-93-2 record against top-10 teams. Kansas is 15-8-2 against ranked teams at home, with its last win against a ranked opponent coming at home against No. 15 Georgia Tech on Sept. 11, 2010.
3. The Standard Of Excellence
Jalen Hurts has recorded a passing efficiency rating of at least 245.0 in all four games this season and is the only FBS player since at least 1996 to record more than two such outings (min. 18 attempts) in a season.
4. Along The Line
Kansas senior offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji recorded his 41st consecutive start at TCU last Saturday, which currently ranks as the second longest active streak in the Big 12 Conference.
5. Trending In The Right Direction
Oklahoma’s defense has forced six turnovers, five turnovers on downs and 22 punts through four games, while registering 27 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. After ranking 118th nationally last year in defensive third-down conversion percentage (46.4%), OU ranks second nationally this season (19.6%).
6. A Rising Star
Kansas sophomore running back Pooka Williams ranks second in the Big 12 in career all purpose yards per game, compiling an average of 134.07 per game. Last year’s Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Williams has totaled 351 all-purpose yards so far this season, including 308 on the ground, with his average of 77.0 yards per game ranking sixth in the Big 12 this season.
7. History Repeating Itself
The Sooners led the nation last year in both yards per pass attempt (11.3) and yards per rush (6.6). So far this season, they are doing it again. OU ranks first nationally with its 13.5 yards per pass attempt (next highest average is 11.6) and with its 8.0 yards per rush (next highest average is 7.3).
8. You’re Going To Have To Earn It
Kansas is holding opponents to a 72.7 scoring percentage while in the red zone, ranking atop the Big 12. In 22 trips to the red zone, Kansas opponents have scored on 16 of those trips, while the Jayhawks have also forced one turnover against Indiana State while backed up in opponent scoring position. The Jayhawks’ stout defense in the red zone ranks 18th nationally.
9. The Dynamic Duo
Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb ranks sixth nationally in yards per catch (25.9) and touchdown receptions (six), and is ninth with his 103.5 receiving yards per game. Charleston Rambo leads the nation with 28.7 yards per catch and ranks 24th by averaging 93.2 yards per contest (has four TD catches). Lamb has registered receptions of 45, 48, 65 and 71 yards this season, while Rambo has catches of 48 (two), 56 and 74 yards.
10. Scoring Often…And Quickly
The Sooners are averaging 0.833 points per offensive play this season. Going back to 1996, the highest end-of-season figure was 0.688 by OU last season (the previous high was 0.687 by Florida State in 2013).
Oklahoma has averaged 4.48 points per offensive possession this season, putting points on the scoreboard on 69 percent of its drives and scoring touchdowns 60 percent of the time.
Nineteen of OU’s 29 offensive TD drives (66 percent) have taken less than three minutes of game clock.
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