Oklahoma State’s football team got a huge rushing game from Chuba Hubbard and beat Kansas State 26-13 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater on Saturday night, in a game that was delayed by weather.
Hubbard rushed for 296 yards on 26 carries, the sixth most rushing yards in a single game in OSU history.
Both teams struggled offensively to start the game, with both teams punting on their first two possessions.
On OSU’s third possession, they sustained a drive, getting a 22-yard pass from Spencer Sanders to Tylan Wallace, which set up a 25-yard field goal by Matt Ammendola to give the Cowboys a 3-0 lead with 6:12 to play in the first quarter.
Wallace had 8 catches for 145 yards.
Kansas State then turned the ball over on the ensuing possession, with James Gilbert fumbling and Brock Martin recovering for OSU at the Wildcats’ 26-yard line.
OSU scored five plays later, as Sanders rolled out and found Logan Carter wide open for a 3-yard touchdown to make it 10-0 Cowboys with 3:57 to play in the first quarter.
Sanders was 16-for-25 for 153 yards passing.
Late in the first quarter, Chuba Hubbard broke off a run of 53 yards, but on the first play of the second quarter, Sanders was sacked on a 4th and 4, the ball came loose and went backwards and Sanders was penalized for kicking the ball.
OSU’s next possession produced points.
Sanders passed to Wallace for a gain of 33 yards, and it set up a 21-yard field goal by Ammendola to put the Cowboys up 13-0 with 8:40 to play in the second quarter.
A short time later the game went into a weather delay due to lightning in the area.
The delay lasted about an hour and 12 minutes.
When it resumed, Kansas State got a 46-yard field goal from Blake Lynch to cut the OSU lead to 13-3 with 5:35 to play in the first half.
The Cowboys responded with a 29-yard field goal from Ammendola to increase the lead back to 13 at 16-3 with 2:03 to play in the second quarter.
On OSU’s first offensive play of the second half, Hubbard sprinted 84 yards up the middle for a touchdown to give the Cowboys a 23-3 lead with 12:45 to play in the third quarter.
Two possessions later, OSU was moving the ball again, but Sanders was intercepted by Elijah Sullivan at the K-State 19-yard line.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats got a 37-yard field goal from Lynch to trim the OSU lead to 23-6 with 12:16 to play.
The Cowboys turned it over on their next possession, as Sanders threw deep and was intercepted by Darreyl Patterson, who returned it 26 yards to the OSU 49-yard line.
That set up a five-yard touchdown run by James Gilbert and K-State had cut the lead to 10, 23-13 with 7:14 to play.
OSU clinched the win though, with Hubbard picking up 44 yards on a run, helping set up an Ammendola field goal from 18 yards out to make it 26-13.
The Cowboys outgained K-State 526 to 244 yards.
This was the first game the Cowboys have played since the death of long-time donor Boone Pickens.
The Cowboys improved to 4-1 on the season, 1-1 in Big 12 play.
OSU plays at Texas Tech next Saturday at 11:00 am.