STILLWATER — Mike Gundy was just as baffled as everyone else watching Oklahoma State’s offensive struggles for much of the second half against Kansas State.
The Cowboys’ coach, however, wasn’t about to complain about the late burst that led to a 33-29 win over the Wildcats on Saturday.
Led by J.W. Walsh’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Moore with 4:13 remaining in the fourth quarter, No. 21 Oklahoma State (4-1, 1-1 Big 12 Conference) narrowly avoided its second straight loss and remained in the thick of the conference race.
The Cowboys fell behind 29-23 late in the fourth quarter. A six-play, 75-yard scoring drive — engineered by Walsh — came only after the Cowboys had fallen behind and watched as several scoring opportunities resulted in only field goals.
Afterward, Gundy had one wish looking back on the go-ahead drive.
“Whoever flipped the switch, I wish they’d flip it earlier,” Gundy said. “I don’t know what to say. It was very well executed; guys made plays.”
While Oklahoma State breathed a sigh of relief, Kansas State was left to once again ponder what might have been — despite the emergence of Daniel Sams at quarterback.
Sams, who had attempted only four passes entering the game this season, accounted for 299 yards of total offense and three touchdowns for the Wildcats (2-3, 0-2). However, he also threw three interceptions — two of which came on Kansas State’s last two drives — and lost a fumble as the Wildcats lost their second straight game.
Sams entered the game having shared time with Jake Waters at quarterback this season. The sophomore played the majority of the game on Saturday, finishing 15-of-21 passing for 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and he had 118 yards rushing on 27 carries.
The effort was nearly enough to help the Wildcats overcome 12 penalties for 92 yards.
“We started him because we were trying to do some things that we knew he could do, and get him invested collectively in the ballgame,” Kansas State coach Billy Snyder said. “As you can see, he came in and threw the ball just fine. I certainly don’t like the interceptions.”