After losing three of four games and starting Big 12 play with a 1-3 record, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have now ripped off three-straight wins after beating the Kansas Jayhawks 31-13.
It was the first time Les Miles had faced his former team since leaving in 2004 to become the head coach at LSU. However the homecoming didn’t go as Miles had planned, with his former understudy, Mike Gundy, taking his Jayhawks to the woodshed.
The Cowboys got it going right away. After forcing a three-and-out, the Pokes scored on their fourth play from scrimmage when Chuba Hubbard found the end zone from 15 yards out for a 7-0 Oklahoma State lead.
Two drives later, the Pokes were methodical, with a 12-play, 75-yard drive as Hubbard once again found the end zone from four yards out as the Cowboys jumped out to a 14-0 lead with just seconds left to play in the first quarter.
Then came the first turnover of the game, as back up QB Thomas MacVittie was picked off by Trace Ford on a trick play gone bad by the Jayhawks. However, Matt Ammendola would go on to miss a field goal from 45 yards out.
After three punts by both teams, the Pokes needed just two plays for their next score. Spencer Sanders found Dillon Stoner for a 51-yard gain and then it was Chuba Hubbard from four yards out for his third touchdown of the day and a 21-0 Oklahoma State lead with under six minutes left in the game.
The Jayhawks just could not get the offense going as Carter Stanley’s pass was intercepted by Kolby Harvell-Peel at midfield on a 1st and 10 and Oklahoma State would turn that into three points before halftime to take a 24-0 lead.
The second half got off to a sluggish start as both teams exchanged four punts and then the Cowboys put the icing on the cake with back up QB Dru Brown finding Dillon Stoner for a 43-yard touchdown and a 31-0 lead that would turn out to be the final points of the game for the Cowboys at the 3:37 mark of the third quarter.
The Jayhawks added a pair of scores in garbage time as Oklahoma State finished with a 31-13 win.
For Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders, it was his first game without a turnover since McNeese in Week 2. He finished 12 of 18 for 168 yards and one touchdown pass, plus 11 carries for 37 yards. On the ground, Chuba Hubbard rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Dillon Stoner had a huge game at wide receiver with five catches for 150 yards and two scores.
The Cowboys run defense held KU to 39 rushing yards on 24 carries, with Pooka Williams only running for 26 yards on 12 carries.
Oklahoma State won the turnover battle 3-0 as well. With the win the Cowboys are 7-3 overall and 4-3 in conference play, while the Jayhawks fell to 3-7 on the season and 1-6 in the Big 12. Oklahoma State hits the road to Morgantown to take on West Virginia next week, while Kansas travels to Iowa State to take on the Cyclones.
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