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Kansas Opens Gates, Waives Ticket Requirement in 2nd Half of Oklahoma Upset Bid

Erin WalshOctober 23, 2021

LAWRENCE, KS - OCTOBER 23: Devin Neal #4 of the Kansas Jayhawks celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first quarter at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on October 23, 2021 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
Kyle Rivas/Getty Images

The unranked Kansas Jayhawks held a surprising 17-14 lead over the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners entering the fourth quarter of Saturday's game at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

Kansas hadn't been in such a close game against Oklahoma for decades. The Jayhawks decided to waive the ticket requirement for most of the second half to encourage fans to enter the stadium and get loud:

Kansas Jayhawks @KUAthletics

The gates are open on the east and west sides of David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, no ticket required.<br><br>Show up. Be loud. Rock Chalk.

Kansas also sent an email to the student body to encourage people to show up to support the team:

Unnecessary Roughness @UnnecRoughness

Kansas just sent this out to their entire school 😂😂😂 <a href="https://t.co/AbhAAqX6m1">pic.twitter.com/AbhAAqX6m1</a>

Jayhawks fans didn't disappoint. ESPN showed the stadium before and after the announcements, and there were significantly more fans.

The Sooners rallied, however, scoring 14 unanswered points to take a 21-17 lead with 12:35 remaining in the game.

Yahoo Sports College Football @YahooSportsCFB

Oklahoma 21, Kansas 17<br><br>It was 17-7 when Kansas opened the stadium gates to anyone and everyone. Now the Sooners have scored 14 unanswered.

Kansas hasn't beaten Oklahoma since October 1997.

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