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Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Kansas State Wildcats Pick & Prediction NOV 7TH 2020

Complete Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium Manhattan
375Cowboys Oklahoma State
376Wildcats Kansas State
OP
0
51.5
CU
-14 -102
50.5o -105
ML
ML: -550
ML: 425
Partials
1 2 4
0 0 13 7
3 9 0 6
Score
20
18

Chuba Hubbard had Heisman Trophy aspirations coming into the 2020 season.

While the Oklahoma State running back's numbers so far this season have not been as gaudy as expected, slowing Hubbard remains a key focus for Kansas State as the Wildcats host the No. 14 Cowboys on Saturday afternoon in Manhattan, Kan.

Hubbard rushed for 296 yards and a touchdown in Oklahoma State's 26-13 victory over Kansas State last season.

"We gave up the explosive play via the run last year; we cannot do that and be successful," Wildcats head coach Chris Klieman said. "We have to limit those explosive plays. We need to tackle better; we need to fit things better. We didn't fit things very well in the run game last year. That's been a point of emphasis and will continue to be throughout the week."

Coming off a 2,094-yard season last year, Hubbard has just 550 yards (4.6 yards per carry) through five games this year. But Klieman also is concerned with other weapons on the Oklahoma State offense.

"They're a good football team for sure," he said. "They can beat you at every level. Their quarterback (Spencer Sanders) can beat you with his arm or his feet. They have two great running backs. One, everybody knows about (Hubbard), but they have two very talented running backs (with LD Brown). And I think they have one of the best wide receivers in the country in (Tylan) Wallace.

"We have our hands full trying to come up with a plan. You can't stop them, just try to slow them down."

Oklahoma State (4-1, 3-1 Big 12) dominated Texas on the stat page last Saturday in a 41-34 overtime loss, but four costly turnovers doomed the Cowboys. Coach Mike Gundy is not worried about a carryover effect.

"We had a good showing of leadership (Sunday)," Gundy said. "(Offensive lineman) Josh Sills was doing really well. Tylan was doing really well. Spencer was doing really well. We have a number of players who have stepped up and are doing a really good job with leading our team."

The Cowboys ranks fourth in total offense and second in rushing offense in the Big 12. Oklahoma State is rated second in total defense and first in scoring defense.

"We have quite a bit of experience and we have decent and quality depth on defense," Gundy said. "This is the first year in a number of years that we've been in that situation. That's helping our players get quality reps."

Kansas State (4-2, 4-1) is ranked sixth in scoring offense in the conference and tied for fourth in scoring defense while ranking eighth in total offense and total defense.

Gundy is not swayed by those stats.

"They're a tough football team," Gundy said. "They play quality defense. They take a lot of pride in tackling. Offensively, they slipped a little bit last week, but prior to that, you can see a team that's played well and won a lot of football games."

--Field Level Media

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Kansas State Wildcats

Jason Taylor returned a fumble 85 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as visiting Oklahoma State defeated Kansas State 20-18 on Saturday afternoon at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Cowboys overcame a listless first half to outscore Kansas State 20-6 in the second half

The 14th-ranked Cowboys had been averaging 18.7 points in the first half this season and had not been shutout in the first half since Nov. 15, 2014, against Texas. The Cowboys came in averaging 442 yards of total offense, but K-State (4-3, 4-2 Big 12) held them to just 256.

Oklahoma State (5-1, 4-1) played without leading receiver Tylan Wallace, who was scratched prior to kickoff with an undisclosed injury. Chuba Hubbard had only five carries for 23 yards before injuring his leg in the third quarter. He returned later, but only had one more carry, finishing with 31 yards.

The Cowboys cut the lead to 12-3 early in the third quarter on a 35-yard field goal by Alex Hale.

After a K-State three-and-out, wide receiver Brennan Presley then cut the lead to 12-10 on a nine-yard run midway through the third quarter. Hale's 33-yard field goal gave the Cowboys their first lead of the game with 58 seconds left in the third.

K-State was in position to retake the lead, but quarterback Will Howard lost control of the ball. Taylor grabbed it out of mid-air and ran 85 yards for the score.

Howard then led the Wildcats on an eight-play, 60-yard TD drive to draw within two points, but the two-point conversion failed.

The teams combined for six punts and 111 total yards in the first quarter, with the only scoring coming on a 30-yard Blake Lynch field goal.

A 29-yard Lynch field goal put the Wildcats up 6-0 early in the second quarter. After a nine-play, 89-yard drive, Howard hit Phillip Brooks with a four-yard touchdown pass to put the Wildcats up 12-0 at halftime. The two-point conversion failed.

Kansas State's defense controlled the first half. OSU was just 1-of-7 on third down. The Cowboys managed just 83 total yards in the half, including just nine yards on the ground.

--Field Level Media