No. 17 Oklahoma State allowed only 193 yards, and true freshman quarterback Shane Illingworth threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 47-7 romp against Kansas on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
The Cowboys (3-0, 2-0 Big 12) offense finally came alive after some lackluster performances against Tulsa and West Virginia. Along with Illingworth’s outing, Tylan Wallace and Chuba Hubbard looked like themselves against KU (0-3, 0-2). Wallace had nine catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns, while Hubbard showed why he’s arguably the best running back in the nation with 145 yards and two scores. Even Dezmon Jackson got quite a bit of playing time with 10 carries for 91 yards.
The Cowboys were unable to punch it into the endzone on the opening drive, and settled for a chip shot 19-yard field goal from Alex Hale, who remained perfect this season by going 4 for 4. But after that, OSU never let its feet off the gas with five touchdowns for a 38-0 lead before Hale hit three more field goals.
OSU’s defense had a shutout going until late into the fourth quarter when Velton Gardner plunged in from 1 yard out against the Cowboys backups. The Cowboys held the Jayhawks’ Jalon Daniels and Miles Kendrick to 92 passing yards and had a pick from Devin Harper. KU’s Pooka Williams, one of the best Big 12 running backs, only managed 32 yards and Daniel Hishaw Jr. had a team-high 51.
There wasn’t a lot to takeaway from the win considering it was against Big 12 bottom feeder Kansas, but the Cowboys delivered like they should have for their 11th straight victory against the Jayhawks.
The Cowboys will have their lone bye week of the season before they face their first true test against Baylor (1-1, 1-1 Big 12) on Oct. 17 in Waco, Texas.