The Kansas Jayhawks put up a fight in the final quarter, yet couldn’t get over the hump in a 20-14 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon in Lawrence. Kansas head coach Charlie Weis pulled an ineffective Dayne Crist in the third quarter, handing the reins to freshman quarterback Michael Cummings. The quarterback gave the Jayhawks instant life.
The game was delayed for an hour and 19 minutes due to lightning strikes after the first quarter. Heavy rain slowed down the action, though Oklahoma State still clawed to a 10-0 advantage after the period ended. Cowboys quarterback J.W. Walsh scored on a four-yard run to begin the scoring. Oklahoma State placekicker Quinn Sharp drilled a 49-yard field goal just before the quarter ended.
As play began again in the second quarter, Walsh made a big mistake which Kansas safety Lubbock Smith made him pay for. Smith picked off the freshman’s pass, returning the football to the Cowboys 27-yard line. The Jayhawks failed to score any points as they turned the ball over on downs after the miscue.
Oklahoma State scored early in the third quarter on a touchdown pass from Walsh to Charlie Moore, giving the Cowboys a 17-0 lead. After another Sharp field goal, Kansas finally got going on offense. Cummings led the team on a 65-yard nine play drive ending in a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jimmay Mundine. Kansas got the ball again after forcing a three and out. Running back James Sims was big on the next drive, rushing the ball for 58 yards including a 30-yard touchdown run, cutting the lead to 20-14.
Kansas had one more shot in the final quarter, though Cummings and the Jayhawks failed on a fourth and five yard play. Crist passed for 136 yards on 10-22 passing . Cummings completed five of 10 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. Walsh finished with 255 yards passing, while star running back Joseph Randle finished with just 80 yards on 29 carries for the Cowboys. Sims totaled 138 yards on 27 carries for Kansas.
Kansas travels to Norman, Oklahoma for a meeting with the Sooners next Saturday, while Oklahoma State hosts Iowa State.
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