Kyler Murray’s Heisman campaign was already in full swing when #6 Oklahoma hosted Kansas on November 17, 2018. The Jayhawks rolled into Norman with a 3-7 record, raising the expectation for a big night from the OU quarterback. What wasn’t expected was that the Sooners would actually need that type of performance just to secure a two-score victory over the Big 12’s doormat.
Aided by two Sooner turnovers, the Jayhawks proved to be more than a handful for Oklahoma. Kansas running back Pooka Williams blistered the Sooners for 252 yards on the ground and scored twice in an offensive onslaught that saw the Jayhawks post 40 points and 524 total yards of offense.
Oklahoma’s defense came into the game giving up an average 416 yards to opponents but the electricity of Murray running the offense at the Sooners in the thick of the conference title hunt.
Murray threw for 272 yards, and two scores, while also running for 99 yards and three more touchdowns to lead OU to a 55-40 victory. Running back Kennedy Brooks toted the ball 25 times for 171 yards, and two scores, as well.
However, the hero of the night was clearly Kyler Murray who averaged 8.5 yards per throw and 12.4 yards per run to end the game with a quarterback rating of 96.5.
“He’s a special player,” Kansas coach David Beaty said about Murray’s performance. “That Heisman needs to go to him.”
The Sooners rode the offensive momentum into a Black Friday affair with West Virginia the next week and then took care of Texas in the Big 12 championship game to earn a berth into the College Football Playoff.
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