Oklahoma St. 42, Kansas 32
Saturday, October 14th 2006, 7:48 am
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Leave it to Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy to find something wrong with his quarterback's sensational, record-breaking performance.
Bobby Reid threw five touchdown passes, ran for another score and set a school record with 457 yards of total offense in leading Oklahoma State to a 42-32 victory over Kansas on Saturday.
A dazzling performance, except that Reid broke Gundy's own record for total offense.
``That stinks,'' Gundy said after the game. ``I didn't know that. But if I did we wouldn't have called the last pass play.''
Reid threw for 411 yards and rushed for 46 more, his 25-yard touchdown pass to D'Juan Woods surpassing Gundy's record of 434 yards set in 1989 against the Jayhawks.
The sophomore quarterback was 23-of-35 and accounted for all six Cowboy touchdowns as Oklahoma State rolled up 603 yards against a defense that was ranked 110th nationally against the pass.
Reid's total through the air was only 18 yards shy of Gundy's school record of 429.
``When you look in his eyes on the sideline, he's just got ice in his veins,'' said Gundy, who was a senior when he put up his own record-setting performance against Kansas. ``He understands and he's playing with some composure.''
Most of Reid's passing attack was directed at Adarius Bowman, whose 300 yards receiving set a Big 12 record and is the 11th-best total in NCAA Division I history. He finished with 13 catches, four of which went for touchdowns.
``He made plays,'' Kansas coach Mark Mangino said of Bowman. ``We hardly contested him, I'll be honest with you. But he looked really good. He ended up with about 300 yards? He gets my vote for the Heisman.''
The Cowboys (4-2, 1-1 Big 12), who had been averaging better than 37 points per game, trailed 17-0 midway through the third quarter when Reid hit Bowman on a crossing rout that turned into a 54-yard touchdown pass. The Cowboys then recovered an onside kick and scored again on a 29-yard run by Reid to make it 17-14.
``Things weren't clicking for us in the first half offensively,'' Reid said. ``Once we got in the end zone the first time, things started opening up.''
After a three-and-out by the Jayhawks, it took Reid all of four plays to find Bowman on a 25-yard touchdown pass for a 21-17 lead _ giving the Cowboys three scores in a span of 3:41.
Early in the fourth quarter, Reid and Bowman connected on a 55-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-17, and after Brandon McAnderson scored from 10 yards out, Reid hit Bowman across the middle. The junior wide receiver turned the corner and raced 64 yards down the sideline to make it 35-25.
Bowman, a transfer from the University of North Carolina, claimed to have had one other 300-yard receiving effort, when he caught eight passes for 308 yards as a high school senior in Tennessee.
``This is like a dream come true, you know what I mean?'' Bowman said. ``It feels good, man. I'm glad to be the one for it to happen to.''
Reid tacked on one more touchdown, a fade to Woods in the corner of the end zone, as the Cowboys rolled up 392 yards of second-half offense and outscored the Jayhawks (3-4, 0-3) 42-15 after the break.
``We just weren't clicking offensively,'' Reid said of the first half. ``We were saying, 'We've been in this position before. We know how to react.' That's what we did.''
Oklahoma State controlled much of the first half, too, but was plagued by turnovers that the Jayhawks turned into points.
Freshman running back Keith Toston, making his first start, fumbled at the Cowboys' 30 in the first quarter. Two plays later, Kerry Meier hit Marcus Herford for a 33-yard touchdown pass.
On the Cowboys' ensuing possession, Toston fumbled again in the Oklahoma State backfield, and Meier led an eight-play drive that ended with a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Derek Fine and a 14-0 lead.
Meier, the Jayhawks' freshman quarterback, was making his first start since missing three games with a shoulder injury. He finished 15-of-27 for 187 yards and three touchdowns, while adding a team-high 70 yards on the ground.
It was another second-half letdown for Kansas, which lost to Texas A&M 21-18 the previous week when the Aggies scored a touchdown with 34 seconds to go. All four of the Jayhawks' losses have been by 10 points or less, including two in overtime.
``It's a struggle,'' Meier said, ``but we just have to keep fighting. That's the game of football.''