LAWRENCE, Kan. — A ferocious fourth quarter comeback fell just short, and the Oklahoma State Cowboys escaped Memorial Stadium with a 20-14 win over the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday afternoon.
With 4:20 to play in the third quarter, KU freshman quarterback Michael Cummings entered the game, and gave the Jayhawks a much-needed shot in the arm. Cummings spearheaded a 14-point run in the fourth that almost turned into a win.
The game started as a scoreless defensive battle, but after an an hour and twenty minute weather delay, the Cowboys found their groove.
Midway through the second quarter, the Pokes drew first blood with a 51-yard touchdown drive. A 4-yd TD run by freshman quarterback J.W. Walsh gave Oklahoma State a 7-0 lead. Senior kicker Quinn Sharp nailed a 49-yd field goal before half to put the Pokes up 10-0.
The Cowboys led by 10 at halftime, and took a 20-0 lead with 14:10 to play in the fourth quarter.
The Jayhawks responded with a 65-yard touchdown drive. Cummings hooked up with sophomore tight end Jimmy Mundine for a 21-yd TD pass to narrow the gap to 20-7.
After KU’s defense held the Cowboys to three-and-out, things got interesting fast. KU junior running back James Sims ran like a man possessed, and his 30-yd TD run at the 8:52 mark cut the deficit to 20-14.
Sims finished the game with 138 yards rushing on 27 carries and 1 TD. Cummings went 5-10 for 75 yards passing and 1 TD. He also had four carries for a loss of 13 yards.
KU got the ball back with 6:49 left to play, but failed to convert on fourth and five at the Cowboys 41-yd line. The Pokes went three-and out, but a roughing the punter penalty on KU gave them a game-clinching first down.
In total yards, Kansas (1-5, 0-3 Big 12) outgained Oklahoma State (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) 398-371.
KU travels to Norman next Saturday to take on the Oklahoma Sooners.