Center of attention
Reserve center Casey LaBrue earned his first career start against the Jayhawks on Saturday. LaBrue, a senior, filled in for the injured Grant Garner, who was wearing a protective boot on the sideline. Coach Mike Gundy said after the game that Garner was held out more for precautionary reasons than anything else and he would be "surprised" if Garner was not ready to go against Texas next weekend.
OSU had zero rushing attempts in its first two drives despite Kansas having the third worst run defense in the nation. Both drives resulted in touchdowns as Weeden completed 8-of-9 passes with TDs to Josh Cooper and Justin Blackmon. The Pokesonly rushed twice on their third scoring drive, which ended with a 2-yard pass to Hubert Anyiam. For the game, OSU only rushed for 106 yards on 3.9 yards per carry but still amassed 600 yards of total offense in the rout.
The Cowboy offense didn't give KU much time to figure out what was going on as the scoreboard got more and more out of hand in the first half, particularly in the first quarter. The Cowboys' first five scoring drives lasted 1:49, 0:40, 0:50, 1:20 and 0:30, making the sixth scoring drive that went 80-yards in 12 plays in three minutes feel like an eternity.
Smith keeps on scoring
Sophomore running back Jeremy Smith carried the ball three times for 39 yards in the victory against Kansas but it was his 38-yard touchdown burst that kept his amazing streak alive. With the score, Smith has now scored in the Cowboys' past nine games, which is the longest touchdown-scoring streak on the team.
While the Cowboys were busy tearing up the record books on the field, the crowd was close to doing the same. The crowd of 58,030 in attendance was the second largest in school history and was just 486 shy of the record set against Texas in 2009.