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

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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

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Oklahoma State Cowboys

Kansas State Wildcats

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Oklahoma State Cowboys

Kansas State Wildcats

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 30 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Blake Lynch
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 4 Yards
    • Passer: Will Howard
    • Pass Receiver: Phillip Brooks
    • Conv Rusher: Deuce Vaughn
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 29 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Blake Lynch
  • Period 3
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 33 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Alex Hale
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 9 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Alex Hale
    • Rusher: Brennan Presley
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 35 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Alex Hale
  • Period 4
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 2 Yards
    • Conv Rusher: Deuce Vaughn
    • Rusher: Will Howard
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Fumble Return/Recovery
    • 85 Yards
    • Fumble Recoverer: Jason Taylor II
    • Conv Kicker: Alex Hale
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 67% L 33%
6 3
  • Texas Tech W 44 - 50
  • @Oklahoma L 13 - 41
  • @Kansas State W 20 - 18
  • Texas L 41 - 34
  • Iowa State W 21 - 24
  • @Baylor D 0 - 0
  • @Kansas W 47 - 7
  • West Virginia W 13 - 27
  • Tulsa W 7 - 16
  • @Texas A&M L 21 - 24
W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • @Baylor L 31 - 32
  • @Iowa State L 0 - 45
  • Oklahoma State L 20 - 18
  • @West Virginia L 10 - 37
  • Kansas W 14 - 55
  • @Texas Christian W 21 - 14
  • Texas Tech W 21 - 31
  • @Oklahoma W 38 - 35
  • Arkansas St. L 35 - 31
  • Navy L 20 - 17

Next Games

  • @Texas Christian(11-24-18) L 24 - 31
  • Texas(09-29-18) L 19 - 14

Last Meetings

  • Cowboys @ Wildcats 20-18
  • Wildcats @ Cowboys 13-26
  • Cowboys @ Wildcats 12-31
  • Wildcats @ Cowboys 45-40
  • Cowboys @ Wildcats 43-37
  • Wildcats @ Cowboys 34-36
  • Cowboys @ Wildcats 14-48
  • Wildcats @ Cowboys 29-33
  • Cowboys @ Wildcats 30-44
  • Wildcats @ Cowboys 45-52

Last Injuries

Kansas State Wildcats

  • Malik Knowles

    Undisclosed
    Prob Sat | probable

    Knowles missed the last game due to an unspecified injury, but he is projected to play Saturday against Baylor.

  • Briley Moore

    Back
    Prob Sat | probable

    Moore sat out the previous game with a back injury, but it is expected that he will face Iowa State on Saturday.

Oklahoma State Cowboys

  • Shane Illingworth

    Illness
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Illingworth was unavailable for the previous game after testing positive for COVID-19. It is unknown if he will be cleared to face TCU on Saturday.

  • Chuba Hubbard

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Hubbard missed the last game due to an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will face TCU on Saturday.

  • Teven Jenkins

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Jenkins missed the last game due to an unannounced injury, and his availability for Saturday's tilt with TCU is up in the air.

  • Dillon Stoner

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Stoner was lifted from the last game with an undefined injury. His status for Saturday's contest against TCU is hazy.

  • Tyren Irby

    Leg
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Irby has sat out the previous four games with a leg injury, and it is unknown if he will face TCU on Saturday.

  • Alex Hale

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Hale has missed the last two games due to an unspecified injury, and it is unclear if he will be available against TCU on Saturday.

  • LD Brown

    Undisclosed
    Doub Sat | doubtful

    Brown has an unspecified ailment, and he is not projected to play against Texas Tech on Saturday.

  • Spencer Sanders

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Sanders was removed from the previous game with an unlisted injury, and it is unknown if he will line up against Texas Tech on Saturday.

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