October 21, 2007

Game At-a-Glance: O-State 41, K-State 39

Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman passed for a career-high in yards against Oklahoma State, but it all didn't matter in the end. The K-State offense was stranded on the sidelines in the final minute of the game after giving the Wildcats a one-point lead. It was up to the special teams and defense at that point, and the Cowboys pulled off the win, 41-39.




GAME AT A GLANCE







































(25) Kansas State (4-3, 2-2 Big 12)

39


Oklahoma State (5-5, 3-1 Big 12)

41


Boone Pickens Stadium • Stillwater

Attendance: 41,725

Kickoff time: 6:05 p.m. • End of Game: 9:41 p.m.

Temp: 86 • Wind S 21 mph • Partly Cloudy

STATISTICS


KSU


OSU


1st Downs

30


28


Total Yards

529


510


Passing

404


181



Rushing

125


329


Penalties

5-37


6-60


3rd Down Conversions

7-13


10-18


4th Down Conversions

0-0


1-2


Turnovers

3


1


Possession

26:10


33:50


INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Kansas State
Passing: Freeman 36-51, 404 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Patton 9-62, TD
Receiving: Nelson 12-176, 3 TD

Oklahoma State
Passing: Robinson 11-25, 181 yds, 3 TD, INT
Rushing: Savage 28-124, TD
Receiving: Bowman 6-81

SCORING SUMMARY


FIRST QUARTER

KSU


OSU


KSU TD - 8:25 JAMES JOHNSON 5 YD RUN (BROOKS ROSSMAN KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 54 yards.

7


0


KSU TD - 6:27 JORDY NELSON 17 YD PASS FROM JOSH FREEMAN (BROOKS ROSSMAN KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 25 yards.

14


0


OSU TD - 0:41 DEZ BRYANT 24 YD PASS FROM ZAC ROBINSON (JASON RICKS KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 55 yards.

14


7


SECOND QUARTER

KSU


OSU


KSU TD - 14:01 JORDY NELSON 46 YD PASS FROM JOSH FREEMAN (BROOKS ROSSMAN KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 88 yards.

21


7


OSU TD - 13:43 PERRISH COX 98 YD KO RETURN (JASON RICKS KICK)


21


14


OSU FG - 0:26 JASON RICKS 25 YD FG
Drive info: 8 plays, 60 yards.

21


17


THIRD QUARTER

KSU


OSU


OSU TD - 9:41 DANTRELL SAVAGE 7 YD RUN (JASON RICKS KICK)
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yards.

21


24


KSU TD - 6:34 JORDY NELSON 11 YD PASS FROM JOSH FREEMAN (BROOKS ROSSMAN KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 86 yards.

28


24


FOURTH QUARTER

KSU


OSU


OSU TD - 13:45 DEZ BRYANT 10 YD PASS FROM ZAC ROBINSON (JASON RICKS KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 57 yards.

28


31


KSU FG - 8:01 BROOKS ROSSMAN 23 YD FG
Drive info: 12 plays, 75 yards.

31


31


OSU TD - 4:09 BRANDON PETTIGREW 39 YD PASS FROM ZAC ROBINSON (JASON RICKS KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 83 yards.

31


38


KSU TD - 1:10 LEON PATTON 11 YD RUN (JORDY NELSON PASS FROM JOSH FREEMAN)
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yards.

39


38


OSU FG - 0:02 JASON RICKS 26 YD FG
Drive info: 6 plays, 49 yards.

39


41












"There's no such thing as a moral victory. A moral victory doesn't do anything. You can't view it as anything good. We're 2-2 in conference. That's where we stand. Oklahoma State is 3-1. That's where we wanted to be. We didn't make that happen."
- Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman






329
Yards rushing by Oklahoma State, the most by a K-State opponent since Nebraska had 309 in 1999.


404
Yards passing by Josh Freeman, the fourth-most by a QB in K-State history

36
Completions by Josh Freeman, the most ever by a K-State passer in a single game.




Play of the game
Kansas State had Oklahoma State on the ropes in a big-time way with a one-point lead and 70 seconds remaining. Then senior wide receiver Tommy Devereaux -- not ace Perrish Cox -- took the ensuing kickoff from Jared Parker at the OSU 13-yard line and skated down the left sideline, breezing past a Cowboys' sideline that suddenly had plenty of reason to believe.

Cedric Wilson was initially the closest to Devereaux, but didn't find the angle as the 6-foot, 185-pounder shifted gears. Chris Carney was there, too, but he couldn't get to Devereaux, having to pull-up and turn around in time to see him sprint past. Otis Johnson dived at him after Devereaux took nine steps, but Johnson's right hand fell about two feet short of Devereaux's waist. Finally -- finally -- Parker met Devereaux at the Cowboys' sideline and dived just before Devereaux stepped out of bounds.

Devereaux's return against suspect kickoff return coverage allowed the Cowboys to set-up shop at their own 42. They had 49 yards and 68 seconds left to work with. That's an eternity for their offense.



Defining moment
How many times and ways could Dantrell Savage hurt K-State? The Wildcats found out time and time again as the senior rushed for 124 yards. But he hadn't hurt them quite like he did with 31 seconds to go. That's when Zac Robinson hit Savage with a 24-yard pass for the running back's only reception of the game. Savage pulled-in the pass in front of the Cowboys' sideline over inside linebacker John Houlik on a perfect strike from Robinson, who coolly took a three-step drop out of shotgun and never even looked right. He kept his sights on Savage down the left side the entire time. And with the ball at the K-State 18, the Cowboys had their sights on a thrilling victory.



Injury report
CB Byron Garvin (unspecified) walked to the locker room with 12:19 left in the third quarter but returned to play about seven minutes later. … DE Ian Campbell jogged with a slight limp to the sideline with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. He returned on the next defensive series. … C Jordan Bedore (left arm) did not play. … FS Kevin Hollis (unspecified) did not play. … CB Joshua Moore and TE Rashaad Norwood (suspension) did not play. … OLB Antwon Moore (left leg) is out for the season.



Key performers

QB Josh Freeman had a school-record 36 completions, passing Chad May (33) against Kansas in 1994. … Freeman also had the fourth-most passing yards in a game, behind only Chad May (489) in 1993, Michael Bishop (441) in 1998 and Lynn Dickey (439) in 1969. … Freeman has 1,927 passing yards and needs just 21 to pass Carl Straw (1988) for most passing yards by a sophomore. … WR Jordy Nelson has 68 receptions and passed James Terry (2003) and Quincy Morgan (2000), for fifth-most catches in a season. Each had 64. ... Nelson (903 yards) passed Kevin Lockett (1996) for seventh in receiving yards in a season. … Nelson tied six others for a school-record three touchdown catches in a single game. Terry was the most recent to accomplish the feat against Baylor in 2003. … Nelson has 2,119 career receiving yards and needs just 55 to pass Morgan for fourth on the all-time list. … ILB [db]John Houlik[db] earned his first career start. … FS Chris Carney had a career-high seven tackles. … RB Leon Patton had a season-high 62 yards rushing. … TE Jeron Mastrud had a season-high 29-yard reception. … WR Cedric Wilson had a season-high two catches.



Notes
K-State has lost two straight at Oklahoma State and last won in Stillwater in 1999. … Oklahoma State's three Big 12 wins equals the Cowboys' conference win total in 2006 and its most ever under Coach Mike Gundy. … K-State ended a three-game winning streak against the South, which was the most currently by any North team. … K-State's two Big 12 losses have been by a combined eight points, its three overall losses by 18. … K-State is now 9-1 under Coach Ron Prince when it scores at least 30 points. … K-State allowed a season-high 17 points in the fourth quarter. … Opponents have out-gained K-State 1358-1355 in total yards in the last three games. … Opponents have scored in 16 of the last 19 quarters against K-State. … Oklahoma had outscored its last three opponents 62-3 in the first half. K-State scored 21 in the first half on Saturday.



Next up

Oct. 27: Baylor at Kansas State, 2:35 p.m.

Oct. 27: Oklahoma State (bye)



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