A few quick observations of Oklahoma State’s 42-6 rout of Kansas on Saturday in Stillwater.
- Setting the tone: Oklahoma State was ready from the first play. Justin Gilbert provided a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown to open the game, Kevin Peterson came up with an interception and the Cowboys got out to an early 14-0 lead after the first quarter. It was important because Kansas has made a habit of playing tough in the first quarter of Big 12 games this season. The Cowboys squashed that as quickly as possible with Gilbert’s big play and a 3-yard touchdown run from Desmond Roland later in the first.
- Josh Stewart: The Cowboys’ most dynamic player on offense was helped to the locker room after a first-quarter punt return. Fortunately, X-rays turned up negative for the explosive OSU receiver. The Cowboys breathed a sigh of relief when the left foot injury was diagnosed as just an ankle sprain, but Stewart did not return. Turns out, the Cowboys wouldn’t need him.
- The Kansas breaking point: KU was out of the game by the second quarter. The Jayhawks hit for their first big play of the game on a Tony Pierson 50-yard reverse, getting them to the OSU 15. But the Cowboys held KU to zero yards on three plays and Ron Doherty’s 32-yard field goal try hit the upright, putting OSU back on offense. It took the Cowboys five plays to go 85 yards, capped by a 19-yard Clint Chelf to Roland touchdown connection to put OSU up 21-0. The effect of the missed field goal put KU in an insurmountable hole.
- Glidden, Moore step up: In Stewart’s absence, Tracy Moore and David Glidden stepped up in the receiving game. Moore came through with a spinning 4-yard touchdown catch before halftime and an 11-yard score in the fourth quarter, finishing with six catches for 77 yards, and Glidden wasn’t far behind with 73 yards on six receptions. Clint Chelf finished with three touchdown passes.
- Unrelenting defense (on both sides): Even when Kansas did get a big play, OSU’s defense was prideful. The Cowboys gave up a 39-yard reception in the third quarter, but held KU to a field goal. It unfortunately ended the shutout for the Cowboys’ defense, but OSU kept the Jayhawks out of the end zone all day even with KU having the ball close to 40 minutes. On the other side, Kansas actually didn’t play poorly, holding OSU to its lowest rushing total in more than a month (85 yards against Kansas State on Oct. 5). The Jayhawks outrushed the Cowboys 202-85.