K-State Fumbles Away Win to Oklahoma State
The top-ranked team in the Big XII avoided collapse in one of the more bizarre games I’ve seen all year. The ground game was the focal point of the offense for both teams. Oklahoma State was hampered by the loss of star wide receiver Tylan Wallace. Total rushing yards outpaced receiving yards 375-251.
These numbers are shocking due to how rare it is to run the football at this margin in modern football and it is even more so because of the Big XII’s air raid offensive style. In the end, the Cowboys took a crushing lead over the Wildcats by housing a fumble return touchdown. This game was unorthodox all-around and I am all here for it.
On offense, it was awkward for Oklahoma State. They lost Tylan Wallace before the game started. During play early on, they lost star running back Chuba Hubbard. The workload was then put on backup running back LD Brown. Brown excelled in Hubbard’s absence. LD Brown rushed for 110 yards on 15 carries. The senior running back averaged a stellar 6.6 yards per carry.
The Kansas State offense came through the legs of their second-string quarterback Will Howard. Howard had more rushing attempts than passing attempts. The freshman quarterback rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown. This game was dictated by each team’s ability to run the ball, and despite Kansas State outpacing Oklahoma State, The Wildcats lost due to their two costly end of game turnovers.
On defense, the Oklahoma State Cowboys forced two turnovers in the last three drives. One of those turnovers was a fumble that was returned to the house. The fumble was forced by defensive tackle Israel Antwine and taken back by safety Jason Taylor II.
A player who created highlights for Kansas State was defensive end, Wyatt Hubert. Hubert recorded 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles-for-loss. Wyatt Hubert will most likely be a Day-Two pick in this coming NFL Draft. Neither team could stop the run, and that was the defining trait for both defenses on Saturday.
To conclude, this game was an outlier in terms of normalcy for the Big XII. The ground game defined both offenses, but more importantly, the ability to generate turnovers is why Oklahoma State remains ranked in the top-15 of the AP College Football Poll. Don’t get me wrong, the future is bright for Kansas State, but this loss most likely eliminates them for a shot at the Big XII title. Oklahoma State is now the clear front-runner from the title. Keep watch on Oklahoma State throughout the stretch of this remaining season. You won’t want to miss what happens next.