NCAA Game Summary - Kansas State at Oklahoma State|
(Saturday, October 20th)
Final Score: Oklahoma State 41, (25) Kansas State 39
Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) - Jason Ricks' 26-yard field goal with two
ticks left lifted the Oklahoma State Cowboys over the 25th-ranked Kansas State
Wildcats, 41-39, in a Big 12 clash.
"They got me down into position to win the game," Ricks said. "It just felt
normal. I just got comfortable out there and made the kick."
With the score knotted at 31, Oklahoma State went ahead on Zac Robinson's 39-
yard touchdown pass to Brandon Pettigrew with 4:09 on the clock.
But, Kansas State answered on an 11-yard touchdown run by Leon Patton three
minutes later. The Wildcats went for the win, rather than a game-tying PAT,
and Josh Freeman found Jordy Nelson in the end zone for a two-point conversion
with 1:10 remaining.
Oklahoma State then won the game on Ricks' 26-yarder with two ticks to go,
overcoming KSU's attempt to ice the kicker by using all three of its timeouts.
Tommy Devereaux had returned the kickoff to the Oklahoma State 42-yard line,
and Dantrell Savage caught a 24-yard pass to set up the game-winner.
"It's a tribute to our team to come back with 1:10 left," Oklahoma State coach
Mike Gundy said. "It was a great call by Coach Prince, and a gutsy call on his
part. I was very well planned to go for two. I mentioned to the team that
we've come a long way as a group because with plays like that he takes the
wind out of your sail as a team. We've come a long way as a football team, and
I'm proud of them for that."
Robinson completed 11-of-25 passes for 181 yards with three touchdowns and an
interception for the Cowboys (5-3, 3-1), who were coming off last week's 45-14
win at Nebraska. Savage rushed for 124 yards on 28 carries, and Adarius Bowman
caught six passes for 81 yards. Dez Bryant added 37 yards on three catches
with a pair of touchdowns, and Perrish Cox returned a kickoff 98 yards for a
Freeman completed 36-of-51 passes for a career-high 404 yards with three
scores for Kansas State (4-3, 2-2), which entered this tilt on the heels of
last weekend's 47-20 defeat of Colorado. James Johnson rushed for 56 yards on
nine carries with a score, and Nelson caught 12 balls for 176 yards and
three touchdowns in defeat.
Kansas State drew first blood on a five-yard touchdown run by Johnson with
8:25 remaining in the first. Freeman took to the air two minutes later,
finding Nelson down the middle for a 17-yard touchdown pass.
Oklahoma State managed to get on the board with 41 ticks left in the first
when Robinson hooked up with Bryant on a 25-yard touchdown pass for a 14-7
deficit heading into the second quarter.
Just a minute into the second, Freeman went back to Nelson, who scored on a
46-yard touchdown reception. But, Perrish Cox returned the ensuing kickoff 98
yards to paydirt, and Ricks' 26-yard field goal with 26 seconds left cut the
Cowboys' deficit to 21-17 at halftime.
Oklahoma State got its running game moving in the second half, and Savage
scored on a seven-yard run with 9:41 remaining in the third.
Kansas State stayed with what was working, as Freeman again looked to Nelson,
who scored on an 11-yard reception about three minutes later for a 28-24 lead
heading into the fourth.
Robinson hit Bryant on a 10-yard touchdown pass 2:15 into the fourth to give
the Cowboys a short-lived 31-28 lead, as Brooks Rossman's 23-yard field goal
approaching the midway point of the fourth tied the score at 31 for KSU.
Bowman's 81 receiving yards gave him 1,983 in his OSU career, and moved him
into fourth place on the school's all-time list...With his quarterback sack in
the third quarter, Nathan Peterson moved into sixth place on OSU's career
sacks list with 17.5...Robinson tied a career high with three touchdown
passes. He has now reached that feat three times in his career, previously
doing so against Florida Atlantic earlier this season and Texas A&M in
2006...The bout marked Homecoming in Stillwater, as the Cowboys are idle
next weekend...OSU holds a 34-22 edge in the head-to- head series with
KSU, including a 17-8 advantage in Stillwater.
10/21 00:24:36 ET