If I told you before the game that Oklahoma State would put on a dominant performance, you would probably expect the Pokes to score more than 26 points. After all, the Cowboys average 40.80 points per game. However, that is exactly what happened. Despite the low score, it never felt like Kansas State threatened in this one.
The Oklahoma State defense throttled the Wildcats as five different Cowboys recorded at least a partial tackle for a loss or a sack. The Wildcats, who rely on the run to establish their attack, came into the game averaging 53 rush attempts per game for 298 yards, which includes a matchup against Mississippi State a couple of weeks ago. Against Oklahoma State though, the Wildcats were held to 32 rushes for just 126 yards, and their 5.6 yards per carry average dropped to 3.9.
Now, Kansas State is a run-first team, but to make that very effective, you have to at least have some sort of passing threat for teams to respect. Unfortunately for Kansas State, their receiving threat didn’t make the trip. The Wildcat’s top receiver Malik Knowles stay behind with a reported stress fracture in his foot. Without Knowles as an option for Skylar Thompson, the redshirt junior didn’t find much success against the Poke’s secondary. Thompson completed just 11 of his 23 pass attempts for 118 yards.
If you haven’t already done the math, Kansas State had just 244 total yards. And while the scoreboard might not have showed the Cowboy’s dominance in this one, this next stat definitely does. Running back Chuba Hubbard by himself put up 295 yard rushing on 25 carries. It was a carrier night for the dynamic back.
Oklahoma State didn’t light up the score board, but they didn’t need to. They remained focus through the rain delay, and simply out-physicaled Kansas State.
We will have more on this game with the full recap, but it was an impressive bounce back win following the loss to Texas. The Cowboys showed that they are still a dark horse contender for the Big 12.