The Kansas Jayhawks came into Saturday with not many prospects. Facing off against the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners, they hadn’t beaten a Big 12 opponent since October 2019, hadn’t beaten a nationally ranked team since 2010, and hadn’t beaten a Top 5 team since 2007.

And yet, for a long time there, it looked like all of those streaks were about to end. Kansas played its heart out, outgaining the Sooners 412-398 and holding Oklahoma to a scoreless first half. And yet it ultimately wasn’t enough as the Sooners eventually remembered they were the Sooners, winning 35-23.

You could argue that the game was still very much in doubt with three minutes remaining. Oklahoma led 28-23 and was facing fourth-and-1 from their own 46-yard line. The Sooners called for a run up the middle by Kennedy Brooks but he was pushed backward by Kansas’s defenders. That’s when Sooners quarterback Caleb Williams grabbed the ball out of Brooks’ hands and ran for a first-down conversion, preserving the drive and leading to the game-clinching score.

Plenty of people looked at the play and assumed it wouldn’t count, but it ultimately did stand because, according to the rule book, a player can hand the ball off to a forward player when they are both behind the line of scrimmage and the player handing the ball forward has not moved beyond the neutral zone.

It’s a real bummer for Kansas, who entered the game as a 38.5-point underdog. But it certainly made for some great reactions on social media while it seemed like the Jayhawks might pull off the monumental upset.

Ah well. It was fun while it lasted.

[Ben Koo]

About Sean Keeley

Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle.