OSU sluggish in 20-14 win at KU
BY JIMMIE TRAMEL World Sports Writer
Saturday, October 13, 2012
10/15/12 at 11:29 AM
Oklahoma State overcame a sluggish start, a weather delay and fourth-quarter suspense to defeat Kansas 20-14 in the Cowboys’ Big 12 road opener Saturday.
OSU, which leads the nation in total offense and scoring offense, failed to score until midway through the second quarter. Before the Cowboys found the end zone, they endured a one-hour, 19-minute delay because of a lightning-laced storm.
With backup quarterback J.W. Walsh subbing for on-the-mend starter Wes Lunt, OSU mustered enough offense to lead 20-0.
But Kansas, sparked by a quarterback change, struck for back-to-back touchdown drives and got within 20-14 at 8:52 of the third quarter.
KU forced a punt and took possession at its 20 with 6:49 remaining. The Jayhawks, trying to drive for a go-ahead score, converted two third downs before stalling at OSU’s 41 on a fourth-and-9 incompletion. Michael Cummings overthrew a swing pass intended for Brandon Bourbon.
OSU took over with 2:42 remaining and appeared to be on the verge of a three-and-out possession. But KU was called for a roughing the punter penalty on Quinn Sharp’s punt and the Cowboys, who took over at the Jayhawk 41 with 1:38 remaining, ran out the clock.
OSU's Joseph Randle runs by Kansas' Bradley McDougald during Saturday's win in Lawrence, Kan. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World