Oklahoma State has once again won a game as the betting favorites, moving their record over the last three seasons to (19-10.) This loss for Kansas also once again eliminates the Jayhawks from bowl eligibility.
The Cowboys controlled the first half by opening the scoring with a first series touchdown that only required four plays. Kansas responded with four punts, a missed field goal, and two interceptions. The Cowboys scored two more touchdowns to take a commanding lead by halftime.
About the only thing that went wrong for Oklahoma State in the first half was that kicker Matt Ammendola uncharacteristically missed two field goals.
To start the second half, the Jayhawks tried to jump start the offense by turning the reins over to redshirt senior quarterback Manny Miles, but the offense still struggled. Miles completed just four of his eight pass attempts, was sacked and threw a pick. The interception in the third quarter ended the Miles experiment.
The Cowboys had a QB change of their own in the third quarter as Spencer Sanders suffered an apparent hand injury. Redshirt senior Dru Brown took over the offense, and led the Cowboys to one final scoring drive.
The win moves Oklahoma State to 7-3 on the season, while the loss puts Kansas with a 3-7 record so far and at the bottom of the Big 12 standings.
Key Plays of the Game
5:13 in 2nd (2 and 6 OKST 49) – 51-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Sanders to Dillion Stoner putting the game out of reach for Kansas.
3:37 in 3rd (4 and 3 OKST 44) – Kolby Harvell-Peel gets his second interception of the day by picking off Manny Miles.
Oklahoma State Players of the Game
- Kolby Harvell-Peel — Two pass interceptions for 22 yards, three total tackles, one quarterback hurry
- Dillion Stoner — Five catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
Key Stats of the game
209 vs 39 — Oklahoma State out-gained Kansas on the ground by almost 200 yards, helping them control the game and open up the passing game for Spencer Sanders and Dru Brown.
3 Turnovers – The Cowboys once again won the turnover battle. Showing that giving more opportunities to your offense helps lead to games being won more comfortably.
Dillon Stoner is becoming an absolute weapon. He hauled in five receptions for a career high 150 yards and two touchdowns.
Landon Wolf also stepped up in Tylan Wallace’s absence. He was targeted four times and caught all four targets. He needs to continue to show that he can be a reliable option, but Saturday went a long way to showing his improvement.
Speaking of improvement, LD Brown has a season high against the Jayhawks. He put up 89 yards on 9 carries, including two big runs of 30 yards and 41 yards. The Cowboys have had to lean heavily on Chuba Hubbard this season without a reliable running back behind him, so it’s good to see Brown have this kind of game.