LAWRENCE, Kan. — The air was cool and the sun was beginning to set as the Oklahoma State Cowboys walked off the field after their 55-20 win over the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday.
The win allowed the thought of a possible bowl berth to enter the minds of the Cowboys, who improved their record to 5-5 overall and 3-3 in the Big 12 Conference.
"Well, six qualifies us and we'll probably — we'll use the ‘B' word a little bit more regularly from this point forward," said OSU coach Les Miles.
The win was also the first one on the road for the Cowboys and the last game of the season for the Jayhawks (2-10, 0-8).
It was also a record-setting day for OSU quarterback Josh Fields, as he set the Cowboys' single game record for touchdown passes with six — three of which went to wide receiver Rashaun Woods.
"(Josh Fields) was really accurate," Woods said. "I think when he gets time to throw, he's one of the premier quarterbacks in the league," Woods said.
Despite his record breaking-performance, Fields remained humble.
"I don't know if it's anything I did. I know that Rashaun and all those guys had a good game," Fields said. "Some of those balls, I was surprised that he even caught them. I have to give it up to them, because I just kinda' threw it up there, and they went up and grabbed it."
The passing attack, which netted 397 yards, was led by Woods, who had seven catches for a total of 171 yards. Wide receiver John Lewis had three catches of his own, including one for a touchdown.
"It's very difficult to cover Rashaun Woods, and every week that's what the opponents have to concern themselves with," Miles said. "And, we have a running game that's pretty potent and it's kinda pick your poison."
Although running back Tatum Bell had just 66 yards on the ground, he hurt the Jayhawks on two catches that went for 54 yards and two touchdowns.
Despite having the ball for more than 39 minutes, the Jayhawks could get in the endzone only twice, both in the first half.
KU running back Clark Green was able to rack up 160 yards on the ground, including a 4-yarder for a touchdown. Green also added 55 yards on two catches.
The only other touchdown for KU came off of a 16-yard pass to Byron Gasaway from quarterback Zach Dyer.
Jayhawk kicker Johnny Beck added the only other points for Kansas. One field goal was from 42 yards and the other from 36 yards.
The Cowboy defense not only stopped the opposition, it also added two touchdowns of its own.
Thomas Wright, a freshman defensive back, scored off of a third quarter blocked punt, and senior linebacker Terrence Robinson ran 93 yards to score following a Jayhawk fumble in the fourth quarter.
"Believe it or not, I thought it was going to take me about an hour-and-a-half or so," Robinson said. "I think for about the first 20 yards, I think I was doing pretty good, but after that 20-yard streak, I just kinda started to slow down, legs started feeling tired, body was feeling weird — feeling like I was probably about an 80-year-old man."
The Cowboys face the Baylor Bears at Lewis Field on Saturday before the annual Bedlam game Nov. 30, in Stillwater.
"This is a big game next week, now," Miles said. "It's Baylor and they're coming into our place and we're glad it's at home, but we need to count to six, it's just one victory this week."
If the Cowboys defeat Baylor, they will become officially bowl eligible with six wins.
"We had to win this game," Miles said. "And now we need to win the next one and go one at a time from this point forward."
This was reprinted from The Daily O'Collegian