The Wildcats (4-3, 4-2) were forced to try a 2-point conversion after Will Howard’s short TD run due to their bizarre decision to attempt a 2-point try to stretch a 12-point lead. -0 in the first half. . Howard was incomplete on that one, and he never got a pass on the second – he searched the ball as the pocket collapsed around him.
Oklahoma State guided the ensuing in-play kick out of bounds and ran a short time before sending it back to the Wildcats, but Howard immediately threw an interception with 1:47 to seal their fate.
Howard finished with 143 passing yards and one touchdown and 125 rushing yards and one more, but most of the yards came on a few big plays. He was only 10 of 21 in the air and made several bad decisions in the running game.
As the game approached, everything seemed to portend a big night for the Oklahoma State offense: Hubbard ran for 296 yards against the Wildcats last season, Sanders threw a career-high 400 yards and four touchdowns on the week. last against the Longhorns, and Kansas State came in a 37-10 bombing at the hands of West Virginia.
So much for that.
The Wildcats dominated the line of scrimmage in the first half, forcing Sanders to continually throw the ball away when they weren’t putting it on its back, and the hampered Hubbard had just three carries for 11 yards at the break.
The state of Kansas didn’t exactly enlighten him either. Blake Lynch threw two field goals, and it took Howard 69 yards late in the first half to set up a touchdown 37 seconds to go – the score followed by their ill-fated 2-point conversion. .
It ended up being a big point.
After six punters in the first half, Oklahoma State finally came into the table with a basket early in the second half. Then the Cowboys forced a three and an out, and Brown pulled out a 50-yard run to set up an easy Brennan Presley touchdown getaway on a throw sweep. And when Alex Hale added another basket, the Cowboys had a 13-12 lead, their first of the game.
Kansas State was marching for the go-ahead score when Howard got the ball hit by Israel Antwine and straight into Taylor’s hands. Safety took off from the Kansas State sideline and was never touched on his return from TD, which ended up being the deciding score in the game.
Oklahoma State won despite gaining just 261 yards on offense. and commit six penalties for 65 yards. Hubbard finished with six carries for 31 yards while Dillon Stoner had seven catches for 62 yards.
Kansas State could have used the steady hand of senior quarterback Skylar Thompson, who is out for the season with a shoulder injury. Howard started his fourth game in a row but failed to show much improvement.
NOT SO UNIFIED
Oklahoma State stayed in the locker room during the celebration of the Big 12’s pre-game unit, leaving Kansas State to line up alone along its sideline. In fact, the Cowboys were coming out of the locker room so late that they barely had 11 players on the field to kick off. They quickly went on attack three times.
The Cowboys have a week off before heading to Norman for Bedlam’s game against the Oklahoma No.19 on November 21. Kansas State gets the week before trying to break its two-game skid at No.17 at Iowa State.
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