Reid, Bowman Torch Jayhawks

Mike Gundy once threw for a school-record 429 yards at Memorial Stadium in Kansas. Harold Eben caught 16 passes against the Jayhawks in 1949. But the performances of Oklahoma State quarterback Bobby Reid and wide receiver Adarius Bowman on Saturday in Lawrence, Kan., were among the most dominating ever against the Jayhawks as the Cowboys rallied from a 17-point deficit for a 42-32 victory.

Reid was sensational in leading the Cowboys to 42 points in the second half after they fell behind 17-0 early in the third quarter. The sophomore quarterback completed 23 of 35 passes for 411 yards – the second-best single-game performance in OSU history (to Gundy's outing in 1989) – for five touchdowns. He also set an OSU record with 457 yards of total offense (411 passing and 46 rushing), breaking the record of 434 yards set by Gundy, the current Cowboy head coach, against KU in '89.

The 6-foot-4 Bowman, playing his first season for the Cowboys after transferring from North Carolina, caught 13 passes for a school-record 300 yards and four touchdowns. The 300 yards also is a Big 12 Conference record, and ranks 11th best in the history of NCAA Division I football. Bowman's 13 catches ties ex-Cowboy Rashaun Woods for second most in a game for an OSU receiver, and the four TDs is the third best single-game outing.

The Cowboys, now 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12, captured their first conference road win in nearly two years. Ironically, OSU rallied from a 17-0 deficit – the same margin they overcame Saturday against KU – to capture a 20-17 victory over Missouri on Oct, 23, 2004.

Reid and Bowman teamed up for touchdowns of 54, 25, 55 and 64 yards – all in the second half. Reid also scored on an incredible 29-yard keeper, and threw a 25-yard scoring pass to D'Juan Woods.

"I told coach before the game started that I'm ready. If you want to call it (being in) the zone, you can call it (being in) the zone," said Bowman.

The Cowboys turned the ball over three times in the first half – two fumbles and an interception – to fall behind 14-0. KU's Scott Webb gave the Jayhawks a 17-0 advantage with a 43-yard field goal early in the third quarter.

Reid, Bowman and the Cowboy offense then got on a roll. OSU drove 61 yards in six plays with Reid hitting Bowman for a 54-yard catch and run that put the Cowboys on the scoreboard with just a little more than eight minutes left in the third quarter.

The offense would score on its next three possessions:
* a four-play, 53-yard drive that culminated with a Reid 29-yard TD run after the Cowboys recovered an onside kick,
* a four-play, 56-yard drive that found the end zone on a Reid-to-Bowman 25-yard scoring pass,
* a four-play, 68-play drive that put the Cowboys up 28-17 when Reid found Bowman for a 55-yard TD.

But KU pulled within 28-25 after a touchdown and two-point conversion with just under eight minutes to play in the game. It didn't take the Cowboys long to show the Jayhawks there would be no comeback. Perrish Cox returned the kickoff to the 36-yard line, and on the first play from scrimmage Reid threw to a wide open Bowman for a 64-yard game-clinching touchdown.

"This isn't enough," Bowman said. "Our offense has got to learn how to come out (at the beginning of the game) with that spark. We have to quit having different gears. We got to come out at the start and put it on teams. I feel like we can blow teams away if we do that."

OSU returns home for the first time in nearly a month to play Texas A&M next Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium. Kickoff for the homecoming game is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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