KU VS Oklahoma - Kansas Wins!

The Reign on the Plains

As a proud resident of Lawrence, an alumnus of the University of Kansas, and a lifelong Jayhawks football fan, I am thrilled beyond words to celebrate our recent victory over Oklahoma. This triumph is more than just a win on the field; it's a testament to our team's tenacity, resilience, and unwavering spirit.


Our beloved Jayhawks battled not just the formidable Sooners but also the relentless rain, transforming the Memorial Stadium into a theater of dreams. It was here, under the rain-soaked skies of Lawrence, that our team snapped a 26-year losing streak, proving that no challenge is too great when met with determination.


As I join my fellow Lawrencians and KU alumni in jubilation, I am reminded of why I love this game and this town so much. The spirit of teamwork, the thrill of competition, and the joy of victory – they all came together on that rain-drenched field. This victory is a historic moment that we'll cherish forever, a reminder of how far we've come and a beacon of what lies ahead.


Rock Chalk, Jayhawk! Today, we stand tall and proud, basking in the glory of a hard-fought victory. And as the rain continues to fall on our triumphant plains, we look forward to many more victories to come.

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"Jason Bean has consistently shown up for Kansas, even in the face of adversity. His determination and grit have seen him through many tough situations, and it was truly rewarding to witness him lead his team to this monumental victory.

This win is arguably the biggest in KU's football history, and it wouldn't have been possible without Bean's unwavering commitment and stellar performance. His name will forever be etched in the annals of KU football, a testament to his enduring legacy.

He is KU Football immortal now. "

Bryan Reynolds

Each Quarter Had So Much Football Drama and Action

The college football game between Kansas Jayhawks and Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, October 28th, 2023, was a thrilling encounter that ended in a huge upset. The Jayhawks triumphed over the Sooners 38-33 at Memorial Stadium that included a weather delay. Here's a detailed quarter-by-quarter breakdown of the game.

1st Quarter

The Kansas Jayhawks kicked off the game with an impressive defensive play. Mello Dotson intercepted a pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown. Seth Keller made the extra point, giving Kansas a 7-0 lead against Oklahoma.

2nd Quarter

The second quarter began with Daniel Hishaw Jr. running nine yards for a touchdown, extending Kansas' lead to 14-0. However, Oklahoma responded swiftly. Dillon Gabriel managed to run seven yards into the end zone for the Sooners' first score of the game. Tawee Walker then added another touchdown for Oklahoma, tying the game at 14-14.

Despite this, Kansas managed to regain the lead when Seth Keller nailed a 24-yard field goal, ending the first half with a score of 17-21 in favor of the Sooners.

3rd Quarter

In the third quarter, the Jayhawks continued their offensive push. Seth Keller added a 29-yard field goal, reducing the gap to just one point. Jason Bean then ran 38 yards for a touchdown, although the two-point conversion failed, leaving the score at 26-21 in favor of Kansas.

However, the Sooners weren't done yet. Gavin Sawchuk scored a three-yard touchdown, but their two-point conversion also failed. Oklahoma ended the third quarter leading 27-26.

4th Quarter

In the final quarter, Daniel Hishaw Jr. again found the end zone with a one-yard run, but Kansas' two-point conversion failed. Dillon Gabriel responded with a one-yard touchdown run for Oklahoma, but their two-point conversion also failed.

With just 55 seconds left, Devin Neal sealed the victory for Kansas with a nine-yard touchdown run passed the Oklahoma defense and gave Kansas the lead. Despite another failed two-point conversion, Kansas ended the game victorious with a final score of 38-33.

This win against Oklahoma, as reported by Sports Illustrated, marks a significant milestone for the Jayhawks, making them bowl eligible. It was a game of ups and downs with multiple lead changes, but ultimately, Kansas' ability to capitalize on key plays gave them the advantage. Kansas fumbled a few times, and Oklahoma responded with turnovers of their own.

The Sooners' defense struggled to contain the Jayhawks' offense, leading to this upset in Big 12 college football.

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Dillon Gabriel vs Jason Bean

In the historic win for the Kansas Jayhawks against Oklahoma Sooners, the performances of the two quarterbacks on the field were critical to the final outcome.

Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma

Dillon Gabriel had a decent game for the Sooners. He completed 14 of his 19 pass attempts, accumulating a total of 171 passing yards with an average of 9.0 yards per throw.

However, he did not manage to convert these attempts into touchdowns and was intercepted once, which led to a touchdown by Kansas in the first quarter. His quarterback rating (QBR) for the game was 60.1, indicating a reasonable performance but one that fell short of winning the game for Oklahoma.

Jason Bean, Kansas

On the other side of the field, Jason Bean put on a show for Kansas. Despite completing fewer passes with 15 out of 32 attempts and averaging 6.8 yards per throw, Bean managed to accumulate more total passing yards than Gabriel with 218.

While he also did not throw any touchdown passes and was intercepted twice, his resilience, leadership, and ability to contribute significantly to his team's rushing offense were instrumental in securing the victory. His QBR for the game was 75.8, reflecting his superior performance in this match.

Jason Bean has consistently shown up for Kansas, even in the face of adversity. His determination and grit have seen him through many tough situations, and it was truly rewarding to witness him lead his team to this monumental victory.

This win is arguably the biggest in KU's football history, and it wouldn't have been possible without Bean's unwavering commitment and stellar performance. His name will forever be etched in the annals of KU football, a testament to his enduring legacy.

He is KU Football immortal now.

Christian Braun is Over the "Bean Slander"

Devin Neal

The Hometown Hero

Devin Neal, the local hero from Lawrence, Kansas, is not just a star on the football field, but also an inspiration to young athletes in our community. Born and raised in the Prairie Park neighborhood, the same one I call home, Neal's journey to becoming an exceptional running back for the Kansas Jayhawks is a testament to determination, hard work, and talent.

This season, Neal has been nothing short of exceptional. With 90 carries totaling 659 yards, and an impressive average of 7.3 yards per carry, he’s been a driving force behind the Jayhawks' offense. He's also found the end zone six times this season.

In the game that marked a historic victory for KU, Neal had 25 carries for 112 yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry, and scored a touchdown. His longest run was a notable 21-yard gain.

But beyond these impressive stats, what truly stands out is Neal's commitment and passion for the game. As a Preseason All-Big 12 First Team player and a contender on the Maxwell Award Watch List, his honors speak volumes about his skill and dedication.

For my son and all the young football fans who spend their days playing on the same playgrounds where Neal once honed his skills, his success serves as a powerful reminder that greatness can be achieved right here in Lawrence. It reminds them that with dedication and perseverance, they too can one day inspire a new generation of athletes.

Watching Devin Neal's success unfold has been a joy for our community and a source of pride for every resident of Lawrence. As we cheer him on, we also look forward to seeing the dreams of our own young stars come to fruition.


Devin Neal is more than just an outstanding football player, he is an inspiration to Lawrence.

My son gasped when I told him Devin Neal is from the same neighborhood we currently live. I like sharing those kinds of stories with my kids so they know amazing people are from this area. With every story, I subtly sow seeds of aspiration into their young minds, hoping to nurture the belief that they too can blossom into greatness. These narratives are not just tales of inspiration, but a reminder that magnificence can be born and nurtured in our own backyard.

Kansas Receiving Breakdown

Kansas Jayhawks' receiving game showed a balanced distribution of the ball among its players. Let's take a closer look at the performance.

  • Lawrence Arnold led the team with 79 yards on three receptions, averaging a team-high 26.3 yards per catch. His longest catch was a significant 37-yard gain.

  • Mason Fairchild followed closely with 62 yards on three catches, averaging an impressive 20.7 yards per reception. He also recorded the longest catch of the game with a 39-yard reception.

  • Quentin Skinner contributed with two receptions for 32 yards, averaging 16 yards per catch. His longest reception was a 24-yard gain.

  • Luke Grimm had two catches for 19 yards, averaging 9.5 yards per reception with a longest catch of 10 yards.

  • Our hometown hero, Devin Neal, showcased his versatility with two catches for 12 yards, averaging 6 yards per reception, with his longest catch being an 11-yard gain.

  • Daniel Hishaw Jr. had one catch for 9 yards, while Trevor Wilson and Tanaka Scott added three and two yards respectively to the total receiving yards.

In total, the Kansas Jayhawks had 15 receptions for 218 yards, averaging 14.5 yards per catch. Although no touchdowns were scored through receptions in this game, the contributions from each player helped keep the chains moving and played a crucial role in the overall offensive strategy. The depth and diversity in our receiving corps are promising signs for future games.

Lance Leipold Appreciation Time

As a fervent follower of college football, and especially as a die-hard fan of the Kansas Jayhawks, it's an exhilarating feeling to finally see a competitive team take to the field in Lawrence. It's been a journey marked by heartbreak, patience, and frustration. But those days of merely hoping for a competitive game are behind us. Now, when we watch our Jayhawks, we don't just hope; we believe that we can win.

The transformation has been nothing short of magical. We have the talent, clearly displayed in our players' performances on the field. We have the strategy, evident in the team's improved gameplay. But most importantly, we have the leadership, embodied in none other than our head coach, Lance Leipold.


Leipold's impact on the team is undeniable. There's an air of confidence, a spark of determination, and a palpable sense of unity that wasn't there before. As a mere observer, I may not fully understand what Leipold has done that his predecessors couldn't, but it's clear that he's brought something special to our team.

His football genius is transforming the Kansas Jayhawks into a formidable force, and for that, we are deeply appreciative. So here's to Lance Leipold, the man who's turning our dreams of victory into reality. Thank you for bringing your expertise, your passion, and your unwavering belief in our team to Lawrence. Your leadership is not just winning games; it's winning hearts all over town.

The Historical Nature of the Win


  • End of a Long Drought - This victory snapped a 26-year losing streak, marking a significant turning point in the team's history.
  • Top 10 Triumph - The Jayhawks secured their first win over a Top 10 team since their victory in the Orange Bowl in 2008.
  • Home Field Advantage - This is the first time since 1984 that the team has won at home against a Top 10 team, bringing back memories of past glory.
  • Bowl Eligibility - With this win, the Jayhawks have become bowl-eligible in back-to-back seasons, showcasing a consistent performance.
  • Rainy Day Resilience - Despite the non-stop rain throughout the game, the team demonstrated immense resilience and determination, adding to the unforgettable nature of the victory.

This victory represents not just a single win, but a monumental shift in the trajectory of Kansas Jayhawks' football history.

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Bryan Reynolds

FOUNDER & CEO | CompareLawrence.com

Bryan Reynolds is a proud 20+ year resident of Lawrence, Kansas and an alumnus of the University of Kansas where he earned both a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. His insightful and engaging blogs have resonated with readers far and wide, garnering more than 500,000 views to date across all his work.


Although Bryan doesn't identify as a journalist, he's an obsessive observer who loves to share his thoughts and reactions about life in Lawrence on his blog. An avid Mass. Street enjoyer, Bryan brings a local's perspective to his writing. Bryan's passion for his hometown shines through in every post, making his website a must-read for anyone interested in the pulse of Lawrence.

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