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Game 7: Kansas State 31, Oklahoma State 12
October 13 | Manhattan, Kan.
Kansas State broke huddle against Oklahoma State at one point
Saturday with three running backs joining quarterback Skyler
Thompson in the backfield, the quartet making a unique diamond
like formation that coach Bill Snyder said has been part of the
playbook for 30 years.
True or not, the claim was fitting given the Wildcats’ entire game
plan looked about that old.
Almost entirely abandoning the passing game, Kansas State bludgeoned
the Cowboys with an old-school, ground-based attack. Alex
Barnes rumbled for 181 yards and four touchdowns, the Wildcats piled
up 291 yards rushing and they dominated the time of possession in a
Thompson only had 130 yards passing, enough to keep the Cowboys
honest, but added 80 yards to the rushing total in helping the
Wildcats (3-4, 1/3 Big 12) end a three-game skid.
They’ve now beaten the Cowboys (4-3, 1-3) in back-to-back seasons
for the first time since 2002.
Oklahoma State led 6-3 at halftime before the Wildcats got their
ground game going. They leaned heavily on Barnes, who ran for a career
best 250 yards last week against Baylor, and that allowed them to
chew up the clock while keeping the Cowboys’ offense off the field.
Kansas State took the lead when Barnes capped a nine-play drive
with a touchdown midway through the third quarter. He added his
second scoring run a few minutes later, then answered a TD run by
the Cowboys’ Taylor Cornelius with his third touchdown dart with 9:41
remaining in the game.
Cornelius finished 17 of 35 for 184 yards and two interceptions,
while Cowboys running back Justice Hill spent most of afternoon bottled
up. He carried 11 times for just 41 yards.
The Wildcats dared the Cowboys to beat them through the air, and
Cornelius had 45 of his 97 yards passing in the first half on the only
completion that made them pay. But despite that long play getting
the Cowboys in scoring position, Kansas State’s defense managed to
hold for a field goal.
Game 8: Oklahoma State 38, #6 Texas 35
October 27 | Boone Pickens Stadium
Taylor Cornelius threw three touchdown passes and ran for
two scores, the last with 5:44 remaining to help Oklahoma
State beat No. 6 Texas 38-35 on Saturday night.
Cornelius completed 23 of 34 passes for 321 yards, and his scoring
run on third-and-10 gave Oklahoma State (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) a
38-28 lead after its 31-14 halftime advantage had been whittled
down to just three points.
Tylan Wallace had 10 receptions for 222 yards and two touchdowns.
The Cowboys snapped a two-game losing streak.
For Texas (6-2, 4-1), Sam Ehlinger returned from a shoulder injury
suffered in the previous game. After struggling a bit in the first
half, Ehlinger completed 17 of 27 passes for 175 yards and two
touchdowns in the second half.
Tre Watson’s 1-yard touchdown run with 1:46 remaining pulled
Texas to 38-35, but Dillon Stoner recovered the ensuing onsides
kick for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys were then able to run out
the clock after Cornelius gained a first down on third-and-4 with
an 8-yard rush.
The Cowboys once again got off to a strong start (they led at
some point early in each of their three losses this season) and
demonstrated some uncharacteristic aggressiveness on offense.
Two of Cornelius’ touchdown passes, of 17 and 36 yards, came on
4th-and-1 situations, and another time on 4th-and-1, a fake punt
threat resulted in a Texas offside penalty and a first down.
While the Cowboys again had trouble offensively in the second
half, scoring fewer than 10 points after the break for the fourth
time this year, they were able to pull it out in the end. Two missed
field goals by Matt Ammendola (from makeable distances of 41
and 38 yards) also hurt.
DEFENSIVE END COLE WALTERSCHEID BRINGS DOWN K-STATE QUARTERBACK SKYLAR
COWBOY BACK JELANI WOODS CELEBRATES HIS FIRST CAREER TOUCHDOWN
RECEPTION, A TOUCHDOWN THAT GAVE OSU A 14-7 EDGE IN THE FIRST QUARTER