Cowboys Hurting After Loss To Jayhawks

STILLWATER – There was good news and bad news for Oklahoma State fans in Saturday night's 43-28 loss to fifth-ranked Kansas. The good news is they saw the future of the Cowboy offense in the Zac Robinson-to-Dez Bryant passing game. The bad news is the future may be here sooner than expected with an injury to Adarius Bowman, which kept the All-American sidelined the last two and a half quarters.

Robinson, the sophomore quarterback from Littleton, Colo., and Bryant, the freshman from Lufkin, Texas, teamed up in the second half to keep the Cowboys in the game with Bowman on the sideline watching in his OSU warm-ups.

Robinson completed 13 of 23 passes for 186 in the second half, and Bryant was on the receiving end of six of those for 108 yards. Bryant, playing in just the ninth game of his career, finished with career highs with eight catches for 155 yards. His 18-yard touchdown reception from Robinson late in the first quarter tied the game 7-7.

Bowman was injured while making his fourth catch of the game midway through the second quarter. The wide receiver screen from Robinson to Bowman was blown up by Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib who hit the Cowboy receiver right after he made the catch for a three-yard loss. Bowman went down and stayed down.

He was helped off the field with an apparent leg injury, and went to the Cowboy locker room soon thereafter. Bowman did not return when the team came back on the field for the second half, but came out of the locker room and limped to the field midway through the third quarter – without his uniform on. He had four catches for just 22 yards before being sidelined.

"We'll find out tomorrow (the status of his injury)," OSU head coach Mike Gundy said after the game. "We just don't know right now, possibly (out) for the year. It's something with his knee, ankle or his leg ... I really don't know what it is. But it was enough to where when I turned around to look he was over there in sweats."

The Cowboys trailed just 20-14 at halftime but the Jayhawks scored the first two times they touched the ball in the second half to go up 33-14. But that's when Robinson and Bryant decided that their team wouldn't go down without a fight.

OSU marched 82 yards in six plays late in the first half to pull within 33-21. Robinson completed passes of 13 and 19 yards to Bryant on the drive, and then found receiver Tommy Devereaux for 39 yards for the touchdown. It was the first career touchdown reception for Devereaux, a senior who entered the game with just 24 career catches and was playing his final game at Boone Pickens Stadium.

The Cowboys forced a Jayhawk punt on their next possession, and took over on their own 11-yard line. But just four plays later – after Robinson's 57-yard keeper, a 26-yard completion to freshman receiver Damian Davis, a short 3-yard pass to Dantrell Savage, and Robinson's 3-yard touchdown run – the score was 33-28.

But Kansas, which is now 10-0 for the first time since 1899, drove 89 yards in 11 plays for a touchdown that would put the game out of reach. The Jayhawks would add a field goal by Scott Webb on their next possession, and that capped the scoring.

The Cowboys, now 5-5 overall and 4-3 in Big 12 play, travel to Waco, Texas, to face Baylor next Saturday with hopes of securing their sixth win and a possible bowl berth.

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