No. 16 Oklahoma State escapes Kansas with narrow win

Lawrence, KS ( – Tyreek Hill returned a kickoff 99 yards for
the decisive touchdown in the fourth quarter as the 16th-ranked Oklahoma State
Cowboys edged the Kansas Jayhawks 27-20 at Memorial Stadium.

The Jayhawks, looking to pull off the shocker in the second game under interim
head coach Clint Bowen, scored 13 straight points in the second half and tied
the game at 20-20 on Matthew Wyman’s 35-yard field goal with 6:55 remaining.

Hill, though, sprinted down the left sideline on the ensuing kickoff to put
Oklahoma State back in front.

Kansas got the ball back with 2:04 to play, but Josh Furman sealed the win
by picking off Michael Cummings’ pass near midfield.

Daxx Garman completed 17-of-31 passes for 161 yards, a touchdown and one
interception for the Cowboys (5-1, 3-0 Big 12), who have won five straight
since beginning the season with a neutral-site loss to top-ranked Florida

Cummings finished with 288 yards on 20-of-37 passing and had a rushing
touchdown for Kansas (2-4, 0-3), which dropped its third game in a row.

The Cowboys, playing their first true road game this season, drew first blood
as Ben Grogan nailed a field goal from a distance of 43 yards.

On Kansas’ next possession, however, Cummings hit Nick Harwell for 51 yards
before scoring on a short TD run.

It didn’t take Oklahoma State long to regain the lead. On the fifth play of
the next drive, Desmond Roland ran 33 yards for the touchdown, making it 10-7
with 3:48 remaining in the first quarter.

The Cowboys made three trips to the red zone in the second quarter and came
away with 10 points.

Garman kept it on a bootleg to convert a 4th-and-1 from the Kansas 17, but
Oklahoma State wound up settling for a Grogan 25-yard field goal.

The Jayhawks then turned the ball over on downs in Oklahoma State territory.
Cummings completed a pass on 4th-and-9 from the 34, but Nigel King was tackled
three yards short of the first down.

After Grogan missed from 33 yards, the Jayhawks went three-and-out and a 20-
yard Trevor Pardula punt gave Oklahoma State the ball at the Kansas 30. The
Cowboys were able to extend their lead inside the final minute of the first
half as Jhajuan Seales made a leaping grab in the back right corner of the end
zone for a 7-yard touchdown.

Garman committed a pair of turnovers in the third quarter. Kansas got a first
down after Cassius Sendish’s interception, but was forced to punt.

Wyman missed a 42-yard field goal attempt on the next Jayhawks’ drive, but he
made a 21-yarder after Tevin Shaw recovered a Garman fumble.

Cummings closed out the third quarter with a 30-yard strike to Jimmay Mundine,
then hooked up with the tight end for a 23-yard gain to open the fourth
quarter. After a short reception by Tre’ Parmalee, Kansas pulled to within
20-17 on Corey Avery’s 23-yard TD run.

Game Notes

The Cowboys have won five straight over the Jayhawks and 10 of the last 11
meetings overall. They have won six straight in Lawrence, not losing on the
road in the series since 1994 … Roland has scored at least one touchdown in
each of his last seven games … Kansas outgained Oklahoma State 379-275 and
had a slim edge in first downs (18-15).