News And Notes: KU/Oklahoma State

News and notes on No. 16 Oklahoma State’s 27-20 victory over Kansas Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

News and notes on No. 16 Oklahoma State’s 27-20 victory over Kansas Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

*Attendance was just 31,985 for interim head coach Clint Bowen’s home debut. Bowen and the players were recognized and supported by over 100 former KU football players prior to kickoff by forming a tunnel extending from the locker room to the field.

*Redshirt freshman Joe Gibson started his first game at center.

*KU’s first quarter touchdown gave the Jayhawks their first lead in Big 12 play since a 31-19 victory over West Virginia on Nov. 16, 2013.

*Senior BUCK Michael Reynolds’ forced fumble with 5:43 left in the third quarter gave the Kansas defense its sixth forced fumble in as many games. Sophomore safety Tevin Shaw recovered the fumble (his first fumble recovery of his career) marking the fifth time out of six games that KU has forced and recovered a fumble. This was Reynold’s first forced fumble this season and the first since he did it against Baylor Oct. 26, 2013.

*KU scored off the most plays in a single drive this season after a 14-play, 72-yard drive (4:52), which was capped of by a field goal by sophomore kicker Matthew Wyman with 6:55 left in the game. That tied the score at 20-all.

*Kansas started a new quarterback for the first time this season with Michael Cummings, who made the sixth start of his career. He played the entire game and completed 20 of 37 passes for a career-high 288 yards, the most by a KU QB this season. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Cummings had completed passes of 51, 33 and 30 yards. Kansas had not had a quarterback complete three passes of 30 or more yards this season until Cummings.

*Cummings threw a career-long 51-yard pass to senior receiver Nick Harwell with 7:02 left in the first quarter. It was also Harwell’s longest catch at KU as he recorded the most receiving yards in his Jayhawk career on one play. Harwell broke all his previous bests at KU with catching seven passes for 91 yards.

*Cummings scored on a one-yard run for his first rushing TD of the year with 5:10 left in the first quarter, which gave Kansas its first opening-quarter touchdown since the Central Michigan game on Sept. 20 this season. That marked Cummings’ first rushing touchdown since he ran for a score against Baylor on Nov. 3, 2012.

*Junior wide receiver Nigel King caught a KU career-long 33-yard pass with 6:10 left in the third quarter. He finished with three receptions for 50 yards.

*Junior wide receiver Tre’ Parmalee caught his first pass this season for seven yards with 14:30 remaining in the game.

*Senior tight end Jimmay Mundine had five catches for a career-high 88 yards.

*Freshman running back Corey Avery had a career-long 23-yard touchdown run with 14:13 left in the game, cutting OSU’s lead to 20-17.

*Freshman cornerback Matthew Boateng broke up a pass early in the first quarter giving him a pass breakup in five of his first six games.

*Senior linebacker Ben Heeney posted 10 tackles in the first half -- the 15th double-digit tackling performance of his career. Heeney finished with 14 stops, just one tackle shy of his career high. His first half was highlighted by a season-high 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack.

*Senior safety Cassius Sendish intercepted his first pass of his career with 10:32 left in the third quarter. He returned it 30 yards to the KU 37-yard-line. The pick also gave Sendish two pass breakups, which set a new career high.

*Senior punter Trevor Pardula averaged 44 yards on seven punts. He now has 42 career punts of 50 yards or more in just his second season at KU.

*Wyman made two field goals (his fifth and sixth this season) against Oklahoma State with his first coming on a 21-yarder with 3:08 left in the third quarter and second field goal a 35-yarder with 6:55 remaining in the game. After Wyman tied the game at 20-all, OSU’s Tyreek Hill returned the kickoff 99 yards for the game-winning touchdown. This marked the second straight week that KU has given up a TD on a kickoff return.


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