What happened and what mattered in the Kansas State 31-12 win over Oklahoma State?
Kansas State 31, Oklahoma State 12
And that’s exactly how it’s all supposed to work. Kansas State had the ball for 38 minutes, got the running game rolling, and owned the game by keeping the chains moving. Throw in the +2 turnover margin while also winning the penalty battle, and the Wildcats got the win they needed to kickstart the season.
Passing game, schmassing game. Skylar Thompson completed 11-of-22 passes for 130 yards, but he ran for 80 yards. This was about the running game and Alex Barnes, who ran 34 times for 181 yards and four touchdowns. The Wildcats came close to hitting the 300-yard mark – and the defense did the rest.
Oklahoma State couldn’t find any sort of a groove. Justice Hill was held to just 41 yards, Taylor Cornelius led the team with 55 rushing yards and a score, and he didn’t throw any touchdown passes, giving up two picks.
That’s two straight loss and three in the last four for the Cowboys. Now there’s a problem, needing two wins in the final five games against Texas, at Baylor, at Oklahoma, West Virginia, at TCU.
Kansas State goes from being dead in the bowl hunt to having an outside shot. However, to do that, it has to split against Oklahoma and TCU on the road over the next two games. Otherwise, it has to run the table against Kansas, Texas Tech, and at Iowa State. For the moment, all that matters is that it took a step forward and stopped the losing slide.