But two plays changed everything.
The Cowboy defense got back-to-back goal-line stops early in the second quarter and sparked OSU to a 48-14 win over the Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium.
â€œIt was a huge momentum swing for us,â€ defensive coordinator Bill Young said. â€œAny time you have a goal line stop like that, it's huge.â€
The Jayhawks offense looked nearly unstoppable early in the first half before OSU linebacker Orie Lemon stuffed two goal-line runs by Kansas turning the ball over to the Cowboys at the Jayhawk 1-yard line with 8:27 left in the second quarter.
â€œThe fourth down stop changed the tide,â€ defensive end Richetti Jones said.
Kansas had 252 total yards in the 21:33 minutes of play before the fourth-down stop and just 36 total yards in the final 38:27 minutes of play after the goal-line stop. KU finished with 288 total yards and had six drives of 10-yards or less.
After the stop, the Cowboys offense went on a 15-play, 96-yard drive, capped off by a 21-yard Dan Bailey field goal. OSU dominated from that point forward.
â€œIt got (the defense) off the field,â€ coach Mike Gundy said. â€œI think it settled down everybody.â€
After the stop, OSU outscored Kansas 31-0 en route to earning the program's first 10-win regular season.
Brandon Weeden passed for 389 yards and three touchdowns to lead OSU to at least a share of the Big 12 South title.
The Cowboys (10-1, 6-1 Big 12), can win the title outright if Baylor beats No. 16 Oklahoma later Saturday. The Sooners and Cowboys meet at Oklahoma State next Saturday.
Weeden set the school record for total offense and Kendall Hunter had 105 yards on 22 carries to close in on another Big 12 rushing title. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon extended his own Oklahoma State records with 100 yards receiving and a touchdown catch in his 10th straight game.
Kansas (3-8, 1-6) gave the Cowboys a surprisingly tough fight the first half, and even led 7-0 and 14-10 before Oklahoma State got it together.
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