OSU’s offense played during its first two possessions against the Wildcats like the OSU of old with Weeden at quarterback, Hunter at running back and Justin Blackmon (number 81) lining up at wide receiver.
Garman was 3-of-3 passing for 48 yards and Hill touched the ball six times for 70 yards as the Cowboys made it look easy, taking the opening kickoff and marching 84 yards in eight plays to go ahead 7-0. Hill’s 3-yard touchdown gave the Cowboys a short-lived lead just four minutes into the game.
Then after KSU’s Morgan Burns tied it up with his 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the Cowboys again looked impressive, at least for the first four plays – a Rennie Childs 6-yard run, Garman’s 11-yard completion to James Washington, Garman connecting with Seales for 16 yards, and Hill’s 11-yard run on a pitch.
But the drive stalled at the KSU 32-yard line after two incompletions, a Garman scramble for no gain, and a fourth-down interception.
After gaining 137 yards in the first quarter against the Wildcats, the Cowboys numbers the rest of the game were dismal:
Second quarter, 56 yards
Third quarter, 40 yards
Fourth quarter, 8 yards
“We had a really good plan on offense, and went right down the field and scored and executed, (then) kicked the ball off to them and let them return it for a touchdown,” Gundy said.
“We worked our butt off, it took us five minutes to get down the field to score, and in 10 seconds they tie the game up and change momentum. From that point on we still battled and moved the ball offensively, (but) we’re shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties and allowing sacks. We’re an average offense right now; we certainly can’t overcome second-and-20. That’s where we’re at right now, and that’s what we did in the first half.
“Then we came out in the second half and gave up some big plays (on defense). When you play a team like that up here and you have as many penalties as we had, then it makes it even more difficult. We were undisciplined, and that’s my fault. We played undisciplined in areas and had too many penalties, and we didn’t make any big plays after the first few drives.”
The Wildcats would eventually take the lead on a Charles Jones 6-yard scoring run after Garman’s first quarter interception, the first of three Cowboys turnovers in the game.
KSU increased the lead to 21-7 at halftime on quarterback Jake Waters’ 17-yard touchdown pass to Curry Sexton early in the second quarter. The Wildcats added two more scores – Waters threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett and Matthew McCrane added a 37-yard field goal – in the third quarter.
Another pair of KSU touchdowns pushed it to 45-7 before OSU freshman cornerback Ramon Richards picked off backup quarterback Joe Hubener’s pass, returning it 38 yards for the Cowboys only other points.
“It’s disappointing for me. We didn’t improve this week,” Gundy said. “Last week we improved; this week we didn’t improve. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. We have an open date so we’ll hope to get some things accomplished during that open date, and try to get some guys healed up, and try to make ourselves a better football team.”
The Cowboys will be back in action on Nov. 15 when they host Texas in the final home game of the 2014 season.