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Cowboys Handle Jayhawks in Lawrence

Zachary Low

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One week after an embarrassing loss to Texas Tech at home, the Oklahoma State Cowboys rebounded with a 48-28 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence.

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The Cowboy offense looked nothing like last week’s monstrosity, and on the very first possession of the game, quarterback Taylor Cornelius was able to find Tylan Wallace for an 11-yard touchdown pass to give Oklahoma State an early 7-0 lead.

The Jayhawks were able to find some success and move the ball, but a 52-yard field goal attempt was just barely wide. The Cowboys picked up where they left as Cornelius found former walk-on Landon Wolf open in the end zone for a 42-yard touchdown to make it 14-0.

On the first play of the second quarter, Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley a 20-yard pass for a touchdown to Kwamie Lassiter II. Taylor Cornelius would lead Oklahoma state to an answer, this time finding Tyron Johnson for a 64-yard dime to give the Cowboys a 21-7 lead.

After a three-and-out by the Kansas offense, the Cowboys were marching again before being stopped on third and goal. Matt Ammendola came onto the field and knocked in a 33-yard field goal to push Oklahoma State’s lead to 24-7. It was punts the rest of the half for both teams.

Kansas came out of the locker room at the half with some energy, and it took just three plays for the Jayhawks to find the end zone as Pooka Williams Jr. broke loose for a 60-yard touchdown run.

The Cowboys would once again answer with more points of their own as Cornelius hit Tylan Wallace for a 56-yard gain to set up a 10-yard touchdown run by Justice Hill. The touchdown marked 11 consecutive games with a rushing touchdown for Hill, which gave Oklahoma state a 31-14 lead.

After forcing the Jayhawks to punt on the ensuing drive, the Cowboys looked primed and ready to score another touchdown, but they were stopped on third down inside the red zone and opted to kick another field goal, this one a 29-yarder by Matt Ammendola, giving Oklahoma State a 34-14 lead.

Both teams played sloppy ball for a little while as Kansas was forced to punt again, Cornelius threw an interception on the first play of a drive, Cowboy linebacker Justin Phillips stripped and recovered the ball on the next Jayhawk possession, and then the Cowboys had to punt.

After all of that, Kansas took 10 plays and almost five minutes to march 80 yards as Carter Stanley threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Steven Sims Jr. to make it 34-21.

After a punt by each team, more points rolled in Cornelius found Johnson for another touchdown, this one a 12-yard strike, to give Oklahoma State a 41-21 advantage.

Kansas would answer with a seven-play, 67-yard drive that took under two minutes and ended with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Stanley to Jeremiah Booker to make it 41-28.

The Jayhawks attempted an onside kick at that point, but the Cowboys were able to recover just fine. A few plays later, redshirt freshman Chuba Hubbard had his number called, and he rumbled into the end zone from 12 yards out to make it 48-28.

Kansas tried to put some more points on the board before time expired, but on 4th & 9 deep in their own territory, Jordan Brailford sacked Stanely for a loss of six yards. The sack was Brailford’s third of the game and seventh on the season. Oklahoma State ran out the clock at that point and ended the game at 48-28.

3 Quick Thoughts

  • Cornelius is Just Fine: Last week, there was plenty of talk about replacing the quarterback. Taylor Cornelius played his worst game by far, and he simply wasn’t getting it done. This week, he rebounded quite nicely with 312 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception on 15/20 passing. He also carried the ball five times for 18 yards. The issue last week wasn’t Cornelius; it was the offensive line.
  • Feed Justice Hill: Coming into today’s matchup with the Jayhawks, Justice Hill was averaging 11 carries per game. He averaged nearly double that a season ago, and a big reason for the decline this year was struggle with the offensive line. Today, he carried the ball 31 times for 189 yards and a touchdown. Add Chuba Hubbard’s five carries for 57 yards, and the offensive line did a solid job today. Hill needs to continue to see carries in the 20-30 range. As he gets his touches, the passing game will continue to open up.
  • Big Plays Aside, This Defense is Solid: Despite what the scoreboard shows, the Cowboy defense was pretty good today. The Jayhawks managed to score 28 points, but overall, Oklahoma State’s defense was solid. Every score by Kansas was on a play of 20 or more yards, and those four plays made up nearly half of the Jayhawks’ production for the day. The secondary needs to improve, but the pass rush continues to be solid. The Cowboys racked up five more sacks and created a turnover for the 32nd consecutive game.
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