Oklahoma State improved to 5-2 with a 44-20 win over Kansas Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
The Jayhawks took an early 7-0 lead when Montell Cozart connected with LaQuvionte Gonzalez for a 68-yard touchdown.
But OSU answered back with an end zone appearance by Chris Carson on a handoff from Mason Rudolph to make it a 7-7 matchup.
After a few exchanged field goals midway through the second quarter, the game was tied 10-all and Ben Grogan became the Cowboys all-time scoring leader.
KU reclaimed the lead with another field goal, but OSU stepped up with a score from Justice Hill to help the Cowboys edge KU 17-13 with 2:47 before halftime.
With one second on the clock, OSU tallied a block to record five on the season and 18 since 2013, helping OSU uphold its status as the team with the most blocks in the nation.
Going into intermission, OSU held its 17-13 advantage and its running game was efficient, tallying 106 rush yards and two touchdowns, converting turnovers and capitalizing on offensive possessions.
Opening the third quarter, OSU elevated its lead 24-13 when Rudolph connected with Carson on 3rd down. But the Jayhawks answered back with a ten-play, 75-yard yard scoring drive, cutting their deficit 24-20.
Just down by four, Kansas started showing some fight, making gains. But OSU heated up as well with a pick by DeQuinton Osborne. A play later, Rennie Childs punched it in from one yard out to give the Cowboys a 31-20 lead late in the third quarter.
OSU's momentum carried over into the next defensive showing, helping the Cowboys tally another interception from Jordan Sterns who pitched a lateral to Vincent Taylor, who pitched to Jarrell Owens who took it down to the KU 15.
The play led to a 25-yarder from Grogan, helping the Cowboys to a 34-20 advantage entering the fourth quarter.
After a deep connection from Rudolph to Jalen McCleskey put OSU in scoring position, Grogan nailed his third field goal of the game to increase the Cowboys' lead 37-20. McCleskey's catch helped him record his third 30-plus yard reception on the day.
OSU kept rolling and elevated its lead 44-20, an advantage that the team held to seal another victory.
After the game, Cowboys' head coach Mike Gundy said KU made really big strides and "made a decision to play a guy over the top of James [Washington]," which allowed his team to utilize the running game.
As far as all those crazy lateral plays that OSU is getting accustomed to, Gundy joked, "We've become the lateral kings."
Up Next: OSU will host West Virginia Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m.