Oklahoma still had a few more errors to go, but the game was over. Sooner backs fumbled so many times, four in all, that Kansas Linebacker Rick Kovatch said later the surest place to find the ball was "on the ground." The turnovers, of course, presented considerable problems for the Sooner defense. "They had to take their toll on our minds," Guard Dewey Selmon said, trying not to be too critical. "I mean, we're human."
Oklahoma's Horace Ivory gained 139 yards, but Joe Washington was held to an all-too-human 63. "We laid our ears back and started sticking them," said Kansas Tackle Mike Butler, who played very well despite an injured leg.
What does it all mean? "I don't know how it will affect the Big Eight," Moore said, "but it sure helped the University of Kansas."
And did not help the University of Oklahoma. The Sooners probably have lost the national championship, although they can salvage at least a tie for the Big Eight title and go to the Orange Bowl by defeating Missouri and Nebraska.
This won't be easy. Though it won its first eight games, Oklahoma looked vulnerable. Now, the deed having been done, the Sooners may be headed for still more trouble. But despite the defeat, last Saturday afternoon was not a total loss for Switzer. His 6-year-old daughter Kathy came up to him after the game and whispered very daughterly into his ear, "Even though you lost, Daddy, I still love you."