Oklahoma State’s football team got a 37-yard field goal from Ben Grogan with 32 seconds left to provide them the winning points in a 36-34 victory over Kansas State at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater on Saturday.
Kansas State got the ball first and went 67 yards in 11 plays to a touchdown, as Kody Cook scored on a three-yard quarterback keeper.
Cook had to replace the starter, Joe Hubener, who was leveled by a hit from OSU’s Tre Flowers during the drive.
Cook completed a 16-yard pass to Deante Burton for a first down to the OSU three before running it in for a 7-0 Wildcats lead with 10:09 to play in the first quarter.
OSU responded on their first possession, with Mason Rudolph passing to James Washington, who broke a tackle, spun free and went 32 yards for a touchdown to tie the game 7-7 with 7:31 to play in the first quarter.
K-State responded on the next drive, with Kody Cook running for a gain of 28, setting up a touchdown pass from Cook to Glenn Gronkowski from 14 yards out to put the Wildcats back on top 14-7 with 1:25 to play in the first quarter.
Oklahoma State continued the streak of scoring possessions early in the second quarter, as J.W. Walsh flipped a shovel pass to Jalen McCleskey, who got around the left side for a 4-yard touchdown.
The extra point was blocked, and K-State still led 14-13 with 13:14 to play second quarter.
The Wildcats once again drove to a score on their third possession, with Cook rolling right and passing to Deante Burton for a 17-yard touchdown, putting K-State up 21-13 with 10:46 to play in the first half.
Both defenses then finally stopped the other and forced punts, then the K-State defense forced a turnover.
Jordan Willis deflected a lateral pass by Rudolph, and Danzel McDaniel scooped the loose ball and returned it 6 yards to the OSU 6-yard line.
It took K-State just one play to score from there, as Justin Silmon scored on a six-yard run to give the Wildcats a 28-13 lead with 4:37 to play in the first half.
OSU responded, with Rudolph finding Marcell Ateman in the back of the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown with 46 seconds left in the first half to make it 28-20 Wildcats.
K-State got into field goal range before the half ended, but Jack Cantele missed a 43-yard attempt off the right upright with three seconds left in the first half.
Midway through the third quarter, OSU cut into the KSU lead some more.
Rudolph found Jhajuan Seales for a gain of 40 yards on a flea flicker.
That set up Raymond Taylor with a one-yard touchdown to cut the K-State lead to 28-26.
OSU went for two points and the tie but didn’t make it and the Wildcats still led by two with 7 minutes to play in the third quarter.
The score stayed 28-26 until just past the midway point of the fourth quarter, when Rudolph led an 80-yard drive, with the big play a 47-yard pass to Brandon Sheperd.
The drive finished with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Sheperd to give OSU their first lead of the game, 33-28 with 6:00 to play.
Rudolph was 34 of 55 passing for 437 yards and 3 touchdowns.
K-State answered with a big drive of their own.
Hubener had to return to the game when Cook injured his shoulder early in the fourth quarter, and he passed to Charles Jones for a gain of 72 yards.
Then on 4th and 3 from the OSU 5-yard line, Hubener kept on an option play and scored to give K-State a 34-33 lead with 3:01 to play.
The 2-point conversion attempt failed with an incomplete pass, and OSU was trailing by one with a chance to still win it.
OSU faced a 4th and 8 from their own 37 yard line and Rudolph completed a 19-yard pass to Ateman for a first down.
Ateman had six catches for 101 yards.
The Cowboys got to the K-State 20-yard line, where Grogan made the 37-yard attempt to give OSU the lead.
The Cowboys clinched the win when Michael Hunter intercepted Hubener with nine seconds left.
The win ends a streak of 49 straight games for K-State to win when they led at halftime.
Oklahoma State improves to 5-0 on the season, 2-0 in conference play, while K-State drops to 3-1, and 0-1 in conference action.
OSU visits West Virginia on Saturday, October 10, while Kansas State hosts TCU that day.