The Jayhawks finished the game with five unsuccessful fourth-down attempts - potentially the difference-making stat of the game. Had Kansas converted one or more of those attempts, they could have put themselves in a position to not require a dramatic, late comeback for a win.
Better yet, had the Jayhawks elected to kick a field goal from the Oklahoma State 18, 24 or 32 yard lines, they could have got points on the board and set themselves up for a close finish. Instead, the Cowboys built a 20-point lead on a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown by quarterback J.W. Walsh.
Charlie Weis elected to pull starting quarterback Dayne Crist late in the game and the team began a rally with Mike Cummings at the helm. Cummings threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jimmay Mundine to get the first points of the game for the Jayhawks and a 30-yard touchdown run by James Sims two minutes later continued the rally.
However, a roughing the punter penalty with less than two minutes remaining afforded the Cowboys a free first down and they were able to kneel out the clock.
Box score hero: It feels wrong to pick a kicker, but Oklahoma State's Quinn Sharp proved to be a difference-maker for the Cowboys. He made two of three field goal attempts, with his only miss from over 50 yards. His biggest contribution, though, was as a punter. Sharp punted five times and averaged 53 yards per punt, including a 73-yard blast that pinned the Jayhawks inside their own 10.
Rankings ramifications: While unranked, Oklahoma State did receive five votes in the USA Today coaches' poll. With a win over Kansas they may receive a few more, but a weak opponent will certainly not earn them a spot in the top 25.
But did they cover?: As 27-point favorites, the Cowboys didn't come close to covering the large spread.
More information on this game: To read more about the Kansas Jayhawks, be sure to visit Rock Chalk Talk and SB Nation Kansas City. For an Oklahoma State Cowboys perspective, check out Cowboys Ride For Free.