Kansas found ways to move the ball on the road against No. 14 Oklahoma State, but punching the ball into the end zone was another matter in a 42-6 loss at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Running back James Sims (68 rushing yards), receiver Tony Pierson (87) and quarterback Montell Cozart (63) all had their moments as rushers for the Jayhawks (2-7 overall, 0-6 Big 12), but KU only mustered a pair of field goals from kicker Ron Doherty.
Kansas finished with 316 yards of offense, compared to 359 for Oklahoma State (8-1, 5-1), but the high-scoring Cowboys took control on the opening kickoff, which Justin Gilbert returned 100 yards for a touchdown, in their fifth straight victory.
OSU opened the game with 28 unanswered in the first half, via touchdowns from Desmond Roland (one rushing, one receiving) and a Clint Chelf TD pass to Tracy Moore before Doherty finally got KU on the board with 9:35 left in the third quarter.
Neither Kansas quarterback, Cozart nor Jake Heaps found a rhythm throwing the ball. Starter Heaps went 4-for-8 through the air for 56 yards, with an interception. Backup Cozart completed six of his 17 attempts for 57 yards.
HOW THEY SCORED
First Quarter 14:47 — Justin Gilbert 100 kickoff return. Ben Grogan kick. It took just 13 seconds for the Cowboys to crack the scoreboard, as Gilbert received the opening kickoff and went the distance untouched. OSU now has returned a kickoff, a punt, an interception and a fumble for a touchdown this year. (OSU 7, KU 0).
8:28 — Desmond Roland 3 run. Grogan kick. Oklahoma State's second score was set up by a Kevin Peterson interception and 38-yard return on the first play of KU's second possession. After back-to-back reviews by the officials — one that was upheld and another overturned — the Cowboys capped the 34-yard, seven-play drive with an easy run off tackle from Roland. (OSU 14, KU 0).
Second Quarter 9:25 — Roland 19 pass from Clint Chelf. Grogan kick. Moments after Ron Doherty hit the upright on a 32-yard field goal try for Kansas, Oklahoma State opened up its lead to three scores when tailback Roland released out of the backfield and waltzed into the end zone. The drive covered 80 yards in 1:16 and took just four plays. (OSU 21, KU 0).
0:15 — Tracy Moore 4 pass from Chelf. Grogan kick. After another KU drive stalled in Oklahoma State territory, the Cowboys took possession with just over 2:00 remaining and marched 80 yards in 11 plays and 1:51 to tack on another touchdown. The drive featured three third-down conversions and a 39-yard throw from Chelf to David Glidden that set up the score. (OSU 28, KU 0).
Third Quarter 8:35 — Ron Doherty 40 field goal. He missed from 32 yards earlier in the game, but hit this one right down the middle to give KU its first points of the afternoon. Doherty's kick capped a 58-yard, six-play drive that took 2:19 and featured a long pass from Montell Cozart to Andrew Turzilli and a 19-yard run from James Sims on back-to-back plays. (OSU 28, KU 3).
Fourth Quarter 14:00 — Tracy Moore 11 pass from Chelf. Grogan kick. After being shutout by the Kansas defense in the third quarter, Oklahoma State jumped on the board quickly in the fourth, with a six-play, 59-yard drive that took just 1:26 and featured a 34-yard pitch and catch from Chelf to Marcell Ateman that set up OSU at the Kansas 13 yard line. Two plays later, Chelf hit Moore with a fade to the back corner of the end zone. (OSU 35, KU 3).
10:02 — Doherty 29 field goal. With the game out of reach, put together its longest drive of the day, time-wise, but covered just 13 yards in seven plays and had to settle for a second field goal by Doherty. The touchdown was set up by a 69-yard kickoff return by JaCorey Shepherd. (OSU 35, KU 6).
8:45 — Jeremy Smith 15 run. Grogan kick. Oklahoma State added to its commanding lead with a 63-yard, three-play drive that took 1:17 and featured back-to-back pass interference penalties on KU cornerback Dexter McDonald, which set up the touchdown run. (OSU 42, KU 6).
RB Jeremy Smith is the latest Cowboy to reach the end zone.
Ron Doherty hits his second FG of the game for KU.