Undefeated: Rudolph Leads Cowboys Past Wildcats
STILLWATER, Oklahoma - This game was on course to top all of the strange happenings in Austin last weekend.
Starting receiver Kody Cook, basically the 5th string quarterback on when Joe Hubener was knocked out, was unstoppable in the first half, tallying 185 total yards as Kansas State took a 28-20 lead into the locker room. "We knew he was a runner. And I thought he did a great job. That's the style player they've played with for the last five years," said Mike Gundy.
At halftime, Oklahoma State’s defense made adjustments. "It was a lot of QB power. They had more men than us and so, Coach Spencer, that's what he fixed at halftime," explained Cowboys’ defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.
Those defensive adjustments held K-State to one yard in the 3rd quarter, and the Cowboys finally edged in front when Mason Rudolph found Brandon Sheperd with six minutes to play.
That was just the start of another frantic finish. The Wildcats quickly got into scoring position and on 4th down Hubener, back in when Cook was shaken up, optioned in to make it 34-33, K-State.
More drama. On 4th and 8, Rudolph hit Marcell Ateman, keeping the drive alive, and Ben Grogan nailed his second straight game-winning field goal. The "Ice Pirate" was good from 37 yards, and the Cowboys held on, 36-34. "It's been kinda dramatic the last two weeks. Ben's come through with a clutch field goal when we've needed it, so just happy to get a win and to put my best foot forward for this team," said Rudolph.
Rudolph finished with a career-high 437 yards passing and three touchdowns. And Kansas State's 49-game win streak when leading at halftime was snapped, leaving the Cowboys unbeaten.