Oklahoma State’s football team has put up some astronomical numbers on offense the past couple of seasons.
While Saturday’s 20-14 loss to Oklahoma State will likely be remembered as red-shirt freshman quarterback Michael Cummings’ coming-out party, the one-hour and 19-minute weather delay also may be talked about for some time.
Kansas football coach Charlie Weis talks after KU's 20-14 loss to Oklahoma State on Oct. 13, 2012.
The lights were turned up at a factory in 1924, and productivity increased. After a while, the lights were dimmed, and productivity increased again. It’s known as the Hawthorne effect. Part of what happened when Charlie Weis replaced immobile senior quarterback Dayne Crist with the more elusive red-shirt freshman Michael Cummings in the third quarter of Saturday’s lightning-interrupted football game could be attributed to the way the quarterbacks handle pressure from the defense.
Kansas running back James Sims led a late comeback, but it wasn't enough, as Oklahoma State held on for a 20-14 victory on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
Sims posted 93 of his rushing yards in the fourth quarter, finishing with 27 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown.
After trailing 20-0, KU quarterback Michael Cummings subbed in for starter Dayne Crist in the third quarter to help give KU's offense some life.
Cummings completed a 21-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jimmay Mundine, then on the next possession, Sims added a 30-yard TD run to make it 20-14 with 8:52 left in the fourth quarter.
KU had two fourth-quarter chances to take the lead. Cummings' overthrew a fourth-and-five pass to Brandon Bourbon on the KU 41 to turn it over on downs, then with under two minutes to play, receiver JaCorey Shepherd roughed OSU punter Quinn Sharp to give the Cowboys the final first down they needed.
Cummings finished 5-for-10 passing for 75 yards with a TD. Crist was 10-for-22 for 136 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
KU (1-5) will play at Oklahoma next Saturday.