This one went 38 yards instead of 73 like last year’s run against Oklahoma State, but both ended up in the same place — the south end zone at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium — and led to the same type of emotion for KU QB Jason Bean.
In a word, elation.
The 73-yard touchdown against Oklahoma State a year ago essentially put that game on ice en route to KU winning its sixth game of the season to become bowl eligible.
Saturday’s 38-yard TD run by Bean in an upset win over No. 6 Oklahoma was merely the bridge in a beautiful tune that also ended with Kansas winding up bowl eligible.
After the victory, the KU quarterback said the two plays reminded him of one another in that each inspired him to roar and rejoice after delivering them.
“Yeah, pretty much,” he said of their similarities. “It’s one of those moments where I was just so excited to be able to score points and have this team even believe in me more. That was everything for me.”
True to his character, Bean made sure to credit his teammates for what was essentially a 40-yard dash on Saturday. After taking the snap at the OU 38-yard line, Bean rolled right and took off into a dead sprint. He didn’t stop — nor was he touched — until he reached the end zone, lunging across the goal line like runners do on the track to break the tape.
After the score, Bean was seen doubled over in celebration in front of the KU Touchdown Club while teammates rushed over to celebrate with him.
“Just to make a play like that, that’s so big for this team,” Bean said. ““Without the other 10 guys on the field, I wouldn’t have been able to make that play. So, I was just excited for them, too, and the whole team.”
First, here's Bean's 38-yard TD run vs. OU on Saturday, followed by last year's 73-yard TD run against Oklahoma State. Both displays of pure speed, both to help Kansas clinch bow eligibility.
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