Thu. Jul 25th, 2024
Oklahoma State

In Stillwater, Oklahoma, the most surprising aspect of Kansas State’s 29-21 loss to Oklahoma State on Friday night at Boone Pickens Stadium was the fact that the Wildcats remained competitive until the very end.

Numerous mistakes and a lackluster offensive performance put the Wildcats in an early deficit. However, they nearly mounted a comeback, ultimately suffering their third consecutive defeat in Stillwater.

Trailing 20-7 at halftime, the Wildcats managed to force Oklahoma State to settle for field goals in the second half. They narrowed the gap to one score with a 6-yard touchdown run by Will Howard, accompanied by an unsuccessful two-point conversion attempt.

K-State later moved the ball into Oklahoma State territory, but a crucial interception by linebacker Nickolas Martin, the third interception thrown by Howard in the game, extinguished the comeback hopes. The Wildcats had one final opportunity but turned the ball over on downs.

On the other side, Oklahoma State’s quarterback, Alan Bowman, completed 19 of 35 passes for 235 yards, while Ollie Gordon rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown, contributing to the Cowboys’ 412 yards of total offense.

For K-State, Howard completed 15 of 34 passes for 152 yards and had three interceptions but also rushed 10 times for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Here are three key takeaways from the disappointing night for the Wildcats:

 First-drive failure a bad omen for K-State:

Kansas State had previously scored on its first possession in the first four games. So, when they won the coin toss and chose to receive the ball, it was surprising that they went three-and-out. Oklahoma State responded with a 15-play, 72-yard scoring drive, setting a challenging tone for the Wildcats.

Another game, another pick — and worse:

Despite his overall performance this season, Will Howard has shown a tendency to be overly aggressive, resulting in interceptions in each of the first four games. In the first half against Oklahoma State, he doubled that count, with Cowboys safety Cameron Epps intercepting him twice. The second interception, returned for a touchdown, proved especially costly, giving OSU a 20-7 halftime lead. A third interception by Nickolas Martin thwarted a potential fourth-quarter comeback.

 Explosive plays continue to plague Wildcats:

For the fourth consecutive game, Kansas State allowed opponents to make significant gains, both in rushing and passing. Oklahoma State managed to achieve this in just one half of play. They had a 33-yard run from Ollie Gordon and 45-yard pass completions from Alan Bowman to Jaden Bray and Rashod Owens. Adding to the challenge, starting cornerback Jacob Parrish was absent, and cornerback Will Lee left the game late in the first half, further straining the defense.

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