Chuba Hubbard rushed for a career-high 296 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, and Oklahoma State’s defense shut down No. 24 Kansas State for a 26-13 win Saturday in front of 55,509 at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Hubbard, however, didn’t carry the ball until about 8 minutes into the game for the Cowboys (4-1, 1-1 Big 12), who were without starting tackles Dylan Galloway and Teven Jenkins and center Johnny Wilson moved to guard. Hubbard’s 296 yards — his third 200-plus game this season — is the sixth most in a single game in program history, with Barry Sanders holding five of those games and David Thompson the other one.
OSU’s defense came up big against the nation’s 10th leading rushing attack, holding the Wildcats (3-1, 0-1) to only 126 yards on the ground and stopping 12 of 13 third-down conversion attempts. The loss marked KSU head coach Chris Klienman’s first defeat at the FBS level and first overall since Nov. 4, 2017, when North Dakota State fell 33-21 at rival South Dakota State.
The Cowboys built a 13-0 first-quarter lead against the Wildcats with a Matt Ammendola 25-yard field goal then a Brock Martin fumble recovery in KSU territory helped set up a 3-yard touchdown reception from Logan Carter from Spencer Sanders on a play action call.
With OSU gaining momentum following another Ammendola field goal in the second quarter, the officials called for a lightning delay that lasted 72 minutes. A refreshed and regrouped Wildcats offense came out after the break and drove down and Blake Lynch put KSU on the scoreboard with a 46-yard kick.
But the Cowboys answered with a 29-yarder from Ammendola and Hubbard ended any worries of another failed red zone attempt with a 84-yard dash for a 23-3 lead with 12:45 remaining in the third quarter.
There's a reason Chuba Hubbard leads the FBS in rushing ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/r2NYzyma70— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 29, 2019
Sanders was 16 of 25 for 153 passing yards and one touchdown, but he threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter that helped the Wildcats claw into the game. Tylan Wallace grabbed eight passes for 145 yards, but didn’t find the end zone.
Sanders threw back-to-back picks with one into coverage, leading to a 37-yard field goal by Lynch. The next one came when Sanders took a chance down field, but overthrew Dillon Stoner and Darreyl Patterson was able to haul it in. Patterson ran it back to near midfield before Wallace delivered a devastating hit to end the return. KSU then drove down the field with James Gilbert slicing up the middle from 5 yards out to make it 23-13.
Hubbard broke loose on a 44-yard to sustain OSU’s drive then the Cowboys continued to drive down the field. He rumbled in for a touchdown, but it was called back due to a holding call on Hunter Anthony which negated the score. The Cowboys got down to the 1, but they elected for another field goal to ice the game.
The Cowboys visit Texas Tech (2-2, 0-1) next week in Lubbock. The Red Raiders fell 55-16 to No. 6 Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0) on Saturday in Norman.