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Kansas vs. Oklahoma 2012: Sooners fans praise special teams play

Oklahoma blew out the Jayhawks on Saturday with a punt-return touchdown and 100-yard kickoff return.

Brett Deering

Oklahoma fans are shrugging off the Sooners' 52-7 win over the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday and preparing for next week's matchup with Notre Dame. The Sooners were led by 291 passing yards and three touchdowns from quarterback Landry Jones. Justin Brown returned a punt for a score, and Roy Finch added a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

SB Nation Oklahoma Sooners blog Crimson and Cream Machine focused on the spectacular night for the special teams:

As good as Oklahoma was on offense and defense, the story of the night was the record setting performance by the Sooners' special teams. For the first time in school history OU ran both a punt and a kickoff back for a score. Bob Stoops said that they've been close to doing that all season.

"We've been consistently good all year. We've been at the top of the league, first or second, for quite a while now. We have been consistent with punt returns and kickoff returns, and because of that it's become a pretty strong weapon for us. The upside is that we have been getting good field position out of it."

Defensively, the Sooners nearly pitched a shutout, with the Jayhawks' sole score coming in the game's final minutes. Oklahoma picked off Kansas quarterback Michael Cummings twice and recovered a fumble.

The win takes the Sooners to 5-1 on the season and 3-1 in the Big 12. Next week, the Sooners face the undefeated Fighting Irish at Owen Field. As Crimson and Cream Machine points out, it is the first top-10 matchup at Oklahoma since the Sooners' 2008 game with Texas Tech.