The Oklahoma State Cowboys hit the road to take on the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday in a match up between two teams with uncertainty at quarterback. For the Pokes, we found out before the game that Oklahoma State would not have Spencer Sanders and would turn to true freshman Garret Rangel. Meantime, Kansas went with Jason Bean for a third-straight start in place of Jalon Daniels.
The Cowboys were fresh off a horrendous 48-0 loss at Kansas State in Week 9, while the Jayhawks were coming off a bye week.
And on Saturday, it was all KU, as the Jayhawks rolled the Cowboys to a 37-16 win. Here are three thoughts on the game.
Oklahoma State Can’t Stop a Nosebleed
Oklahoma State entered this game allowing the most yards per game in the Big 12 (455) and the second-most points per game in the Big 12 (31.1). And after this game against Kansas, those numbers are only going to get worse.
Despite the fact that defensive coordinator Derek Mason reportedly ripped his players in the locker room at halftime after falling behind 24-7, the Cowboys didn’t exactly get the second half off on the right foot either. They had allowed 350 yards in the first half and then the Jayhawks took the first drive of the third quarter 75 yards in 15 plays for a score to go up 31-7.
For the game, Oklahoma State’s defense allowed 554 total yards, including over 300 on the ground in a dismal performance. It’s back to the drawing board for that side of the ball, but the good news is that they face Iowa State’s offense next week.
The Battle of Back Up Quarterbacks
Jason Bean was under center for the fourth game in a row for Kansas in place of Jalon Daniels, while Garret Rangel got his first start of his career as a true freshman in place of Spencer Sanders. And it was Rangel who looked like a true freshman as he threw two interceptions on his first two drives as the Jayhawks jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back.
But Jason Bean also played an outstanding game as he proved the drop off from Daniels to Bean isn’t as big as most teams who go from their starter to their back up. Bean had generally played well despite quarterbacking the team for the last three games which were all losses.
Bean finished the game 18/23 for 203 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions, while rushing for 93 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown run. Rangel settled down and got better with some impressive freshman throws as the game progressed, going 27/40 for 304 yards, two TDs and three interceptions. But this one was all about Bean and the Jayhawks who got off to a strong start and never looked back.
Kansas is Bowl Eligible
Entering the season, Kansas’ over/under win total was 2.5. And not only did they top that number by Week 3, they are now bowl eligible by the first Saturday in November for the first time since 2008. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Jayhawks who are now 6-3 on the season as Lance Leipold continues to solidify himself as the Coach of the Year in college football.
This has been a tremendous season in Lawrence, and let’s not forget he’s done it for the last month of the season with a back up quarterback in Jason Bean, who started Saturday’s game.
The days of Kansas being a pushover and guaranteed Big 12 win are long gone as this league is continuing to prove it is the deepest conference in college football this season. And it’s really not all that close.