Kansas 20, Oklahoma 17
Oct. 04, 1997
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Eric Vann ran 99 yards and Tony Blevins returned a punt 56 yards as Kansas got two big-play touchdowns and blocked a late field goal to beat Oklahoma 20-17 Saturday.
Oklahoma had moved from its own 22 to the Kansas 10 with less than one minute left. Steve Daniels hit an apparent 27-yard field goal to make it 20-20, but the Sooners were called for illegal procedure. Defensive end Dewey Houston then blocked Daniels' subsequent 33-yard attempt, and the Jayhawks held on for the win.
Kansas (4-1 overall, 2-0 Big 12) had taken a 20-10 lead on Vann's 99-yard run from scrimmage. That followed an interception by Jamie Harris that stopped an Oklahoma drive which started on the Sooners 20.
It was the fifth 99-yard run from scrimmage in NCAA history, and the second by a Kansas runner. Gale Sayers ran for a 99-yard touchdown against Nebraska in 1963.
Oklahoma (2-3, 0-1) led 10-3 at the half. But Kansas stopped the Sooners on three downs to open the second half. Brian Shackelford then punted to Blevins, who evaded several tacklers and ran it in down the right side.
Joe Garcia's extra-point made it 10-10.
Kansas stopped the Sooners on three downs on the next series, and Ron Warner partially blocked a punt to give Kansas the ball at the Oklahoma 31. Kansas stalled there and Garcia kicked a career-best 51-yard field goal to put the Jayhawks up 13-10.
Oklahoma had no first downs and only 27 yards total offense in the first quarter, but took a 3-0 lead on a 37-yard field goal by Daniels with 1:48 left in the first quarter.
Oklahoma took over on the Kansas 26 after Travian Smith sacked Matt Johner, whose fumble was recovered by Darryl Bright. But the Sooners were uable to move the ball and settled for the field goal and a 3-0 lead.
The Jayhawks shut down Oklahoma's offense until midway through the second quarter.
The Sooners finally picked up a first down _ on their sixth offensive series _ on a run by Jermaine Fazende.
Oklahoma followed with its only sustained drive of the half. The Sooners mixed runs by Fazende and De'Mond Parker with a 15-yard pass to Maurice Little, scoring on a 14-yard run by Parker with 6:31 left in the half.
David Winbush returned the ensuing kickoff 31 yards and Zac Wegner completed four passes to give the Jayhawks a first down at the 13. Kansas stalled there and settled for a 22-yard field goal by Joe Garcia to make it 10-3 at halftime.
The game marked the 95th meeting between Kansas and Oklahoma _ the oldest continuously played rivalry in Division IA. The teams won't meet the next two years because of he Big 12's rotating schedule between the North and South divisions.