Cowboys Pull Away to Beat Jayhawks

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Oklahoma State's football team used some big defensive plays and a potent running game to beat Kansas 44-20 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas, on Saturday, October 22.

OSU's offense sputtered in the first half against an opponent that has won just four Big 12 games in the last 8 years.

After both teams punted on their opening possession, OSU turned it over, as Mason Rudolph was sacked and fumbled, with Fish Smithson recovering at the Jayhawks 32-yard line.

It took Kansas just one play to capitalize, as Montell Cozart went deep to LaQuvionte Gonzalez for a 68-yard touchdown pass to put the Jayhawks up 7-0 with 6:12 to play in the first quarter.

The Cowboys responded with a pair of big plays.

Rudolph passed to Jalen McCleskey for a gain of 47, then a run of 32 yards by Justice Hill on 3rd and 7 from the Kansas 33.

It set up a one-yard touchdown run by Chris Carson to tie the game at 7 with 3:09 to play first quarter.

A 29-yard field goal by Matthew Wyman early in the second quarter gave Kansas a 10-7 lead.

After a 22-yard Kansas punt gave OSU the ball at the Jayhawks' 34, the Cowboys could not take advantage, settling for a 32-yard field goal by Ben Grogan.

The field goal broke Dan Bailey's OSU career scoring record of 370 points, tying the game at 10-10 with 6:56 to play in the first half.

The Jayhawks answered with another field goal, a 40-yarder from Wyman to make it 13-10 KU with 4:27 to play in the second quarter.

The Cowboys responded by taking their first lead, with three big plays on the ensuing drive.

Rudolph passed to McCleskey for a gain of 39, then Austin Hays threw a flanker pass to Blake Jarwin for 22 yards.

On the next play, Justice Hill gained 12 yards to the one-yard line.

It was originally ruled a touchdown, but overturned on replay review.

Hill scored from a yard out two plays later to give OSU the 17-13 lead with 2:47 to play in the first half.

Hill had 162 yards rushing on 22 carries.

With a 17-13 at halftime, OSU made two big plays early in the second half.

Vincent Taylor caused a fumble that Devante Averette recovered at the Jayhawks' 26-yard line.

The Cowboys converted on the turnover, with Rudolph passing to Chris Carson for a 15-yard touchdown and a 24-13 lead with 10:57 to play in the third quarter.

Kansas marched 75 yards in 10 plays to answer the Cowboys score.

Taylor Martin's 6-yard touchdown run capped the drive, cutting OSU's lead to 24-20 with 6:24 to play in the third quarter.

After forcing an OSU punt, Kansas got the ball with a chance to take the lead, but the Cowboys' defense got the ball back, as DeQuinton Osborne intercepted Cozart and returned it 27 yards to the KU 1-yard line.

Rennie Childs scored on the next play to extend OSU's lead to 31-20 with 3:25 to play in the third quarter.

The Jayhawks attempted to answer with a deep pass to Gonzalez, who couldn't make the catch, and the ball tipped to Jordan Sterns for an interception.

As Sterns returned it, he lateraled to Vincent Taylor, who then lateraled to Jarrell Owens who was finally brought down at the Kansas 16.

That led to a 25-yard field goal by Grogan to make it 34-20 Cowboys with 36 seconds left in the third quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, Kansas threw incomplete on 4th and goal from the OSU 4-yard line, giving the Cowboys the ball back.

Rudolph passed to McCleskey for a gain of 35, but the OSU drive bogged down and Grogan kicked a 24-yard field goal to make it 37-20 Cowboys with 9:34 to play in the game.

McCleskey had 6 catches for 129 yards, while Rudolph was 16 of 24 passing for 220 yards.

OSU's next possession sealed the win, with Carson scoring on a 16-yard touchdown run to make it 44-20 with 5:04 to play.

OSU improves to 5-2 overall, 3-1 in Big 12 play.

Kansas drops to 1-6, 0-4 in conference play.

The Cowboys haven't lost to Kansas in Lawrence since 1994.

OSU hosts West Virginia next Saturday, October 29, at 11:00 am at Boone Pickens Stadium.



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