Oklahoma State football: Late J.W. Walsh TD pass lifts Cowboys past Kansas State, 33-29

By KURT VOIGT, AP Sports Writer Modified: October 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm •  Published: October 5, 2013

class="WireP">Oklahoma State led 17-14 at halftime thanks to a 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter by Walsh, who bounced back from a two-interception performance last week in a loss to West Virginia.

The sophomore’s best moment came following Sams’ 3-yard touchdown that put Kansas State up 29-23 in the fourth quarter.

Following the score, Walsh opened the Cowboys’ drive with completions of 12 and 26 yards to Josh Stewart and Tracy Moore, respectively. After a 16-yard run by Jeremy Smith, Walsh added a 15-yard strike to Brandon Sheperd before capping the go-ahead drive with his touchdown pass to Charlie Moore.

“It was one of those situations where the guys on the field knew we had to go down and score, and if we didn’t, we may not win,” Walsh said. “We knew we had to take care of the ball and go score.

“We just put the ball in our playmakers’ hands. When we do that, good things happen.”

Oklahoma State’s Shaun Lewis and Daytawion Lowe followed with interceptions to end the Wildcats’ final two drives and secure the win.

Sams put Kansas State up 7-0 in the first quarter with a 67-yard touchdown pass to Glenn Gronkowski, a play on which he faked the run before pulling up and slinging the ball over the middle to the streaking fullback.

The sophomore also found Torell Miller for a 17-yard touchdown pass to put the Wildcats up 21-17 to open the third quarter.

After falling behind, the Cowboys forced turnovers on each of Kansas State’s next three possessions. They were only able to come away with a pair of field goals by Ben Grogan, however.

The freshman kicker, who missed a pair of field goals in the loss to the Mountaineers, connected from 30, 34, 23 and 28 yards out on Saturday.

Despite the turnaround in the kicking game, Gundy had no answers for an Oklahoma State offense that had no first downs in the third quarter.

“I don’t have a clue,” Gundy said. “I really wish I could give you an explanation so it sounds good on the news tonight.

“We need to become a better football team from the 7-yard line in. That’s a fact.” Luckily for the Cowboys, Walsh had the answer when they needed it the most.


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