Oklahoma State Recap: Quarter by Quarter

FIRST QUARTER

The Good: Kody Cook proved to be excellent in relief of Joe Hubener, leading the Wildcats to two first quarter touchdowns. Cook scored the first touchdown on a three-yard rush and the second on a four-yard touchdown pass to Glenn Gronkowski.

The Bad: Joe Hubener was knocked out of the game on a hit to his head after running for a first down on the Wildcats’ first drive. Oklahoma State was also able to quickly respond to Kansas State’s opening touchdown with a 32-yard touchdown pass.

Significant Stat:  59. OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph threw for 59 of Oklahoma State’s 66 yards on their touchdown drive, completing five out of six passes. Rudolph threw for a total of 437 yards in the game.

SECOND QUARTER

The Good:  Kansas State added two more touchdowns in the quarter, scoring on a Cook 17-yard touchdown pass to Deante Burton and a Justin Silmon six-yard touchdown run.  The Wildcats recovered an Oklahoma State turnover deep in Cowboy territory to set up the second touchdown to take a 28-13 lead

The Bad: The Wildcats also surrendered two touchdowns, both through the air. The second touchdown was set up by a Cowboy drive that netted 83 yards and 13 plays in less than four minutes. After the game, the second OSU touchdown received infamy due to the fact the Cowboys were awarded a phantom first down. Jack Cantele also missed a field goal attempt for Kansas State right before the half.

Significant Stat: 21. Kansas State blocked the Cowboy extra point attempt after the first OSU touchdown of the quarter, becoming the 21st blocked kick recorded by the Wildcats under the second tenure of Bill Snyder.

THIRD QUARTER

The Good: Outside of a touchdown drive, the Wildcats forced the Cowboys to punt on all of their drives in the quarter, including forcing the Cowboys into a three-and-out on their first drive of the half. Kansas State punter Nick Walsh punted for an average of 48.5 yards in the quarter.

The Bad: Kansas State allowed the Cowboys to score a touchdown on a one-yard rushing touchdown by Wichita Collegiate (HS) product Raymond Taylor. The Wildcats also were forced to punt on all four drives of the quarter, including three three-and-outs. On a fair catch, Kansas State punt returner Andre Davis was annihilated from a cheap shot that cost Oklahoma State 15 yards on a kick catch interference penalty.

Significant Stat: -4. Kansas State netted a total of negative four offensive yards in the quarter, a stark contrast to the offensive success the Wildcats saw in the first half. The lost yards included two sacks and a pass completed backwards for a loss of five yards.

FOURTH QUARTER

The Good: Kansas State finally managed to score a touchdown in the second half, scoring on a five-yard rushing touchdown from a reinserted Hubener with three minutes left in the game. The Wildcats also picked off a Cowboy pass in Wildcat territory to prevent an Oklahoma State score early in the quarter.

The Bad: Kansas State surrendered the lead on a three-yard Oklahoma State touchdown pass with six minutes left in the game. The Wildcats also allowed a 10-play, 45-yard Cowboy drive that ended with a 37-yard field goal make which allowed Oklahoma State to take a 36-34 lead with thirty seconds left in the game.

Significant Stat: 94. The Wildcat touchdown drive netted 94 of the 121 Wildcat yards in the half, 72 of which were gained on a Charles Jones reception. Kansas State ended up with 351 total offensive yards at the end of the game.

GAME NOTES

  • Kansas State’s 49-game winning streak when leading at halftime was snapped Saturday. The Wildcats’ streak was the longest in the nation
  • Kody Cook became the first Wildcat to record a rushing, passing, and receiving touchdown in the same season since 2007.
  • Justin Silmon passed Darren Sproles on the school leaderboard for rushing yards by a freshman.
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