K-State suffers its first loss in the season

Senior wide receiver and impromptu quarterback Kody Cook dives for the end zone after a three yard run to put the Wildcats on the board first in their game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Wildcats lunged but barely fell short of a win despite a valiant effort from Cook after he was suddenly thrust into the game in the quarterback position after Joe Hubener was injured, losing 36-34 via a late field goal followed by an interception by the Cowboys. (Parker Robb | The Collegian)

Junior quarterback Joe Hubener was hurt on the first series of the game on a blow to the head. Junior wide receiver Kody Cook led the Wildcats on a touchdown drive keyed by a 17 pass to Deante Burton on 3rd down. From there, Cook scored on a QB keeper to give the Wildcats an early 7-0 lead.

Oklahoma State returned the favor by getting on the board with a 32 yard TD pass from Mason Rudolph to James Washington.

Cook returned to the ballgame as the quarterback and led another drive, this time the highlight was a 27 yard keeper deep into Oklahoma State territory. The drive was capped by four yard touchdown pass from Cook to junior fullback Glenn Gronkowski, the Wildcats led 14-7.

The Cowboys opened up the second quarter with a pass from J.W. Walsh to Jalen McClesky. Junior defensive end Jordan Willis blocked the extra point to keep the Wildcats in the lead at 14-13.

Once again, Cook and the cats had an answer. This time it was Cook connecting with Burton again for a 17 yard strike, extending the Wildcat lead to 21-13.

Into the late stages of the second quarter the Wildcats forced an Oklahoma State fumble giving the Cook led offense a short field. From there, redshirt freshman running back Justin Silmon carried it in from six yards out to give Kansas State a 28-13 lead.

Just before the half, the Cowboys inched a bit closer with a touchdown pass from Rudolph to Marcell Ateman to make it a 28-20.

Kody Cook was 9-11 for 127 yards and two touchdowns through the air. On the ground it was a team effort, Cook gained 58 yards and one score. Justin Silmon added 25 yards on the ground and one score as well.

After the Cowboys and Wildcats traded empty possessions to start the second half, the Cowboys got on the board with a one yard touchdown by Raymond Taylor made the score 28-26 Wildcats. Sophomore linebacker Elijah Lee batted down a Cowboys two-point conversion attempt to keep the Wildcats midway through the 3rd quarter.

Entering the fourth quarter the Wildcats struggled on offense while Oklahoma State drove deep into K-State territory until a tipped pass and first interception of the season by the K-State defense gave the Wildcats a chance to put Oklahoma State in a deeper hole. However the Wildcats could not capitalize and during the ensuing series Cook was injured on the play and Hubener was subbed back into the ballgame.

After the drive stalled, it was on the K-State defense to come up with another stop. That needed stop would not come as Oklahoma State marched down the field and took their first lead of the ballgame with a Mason Rudolph pass to Brandon Sheperd to make the score 33-28.

With the Wildcats down to their last few chances, Hubener, deep in K-State territory, connected with junior running back Charles Jones for 72 yards to get the ball deep into Oklahoma State territory.

On 4th and Goal, Joe Hubener ran the option from five yards out and the Wildcats take the lead 34-33, K-State would miss the two-point conversion attempt.

With 2:15 left on the clock, the Cowboys drove down the field and Cowboys kicker Ben Grogan kicked a game winning from 37 yards out to give the Cowboys a 36-34 lead with 0:32 seconds left. The Wildcats’ last ditch effort came up short as Hubener’s Hail Mary attempt was intercepted and the Wildcats dropped their first game of the 2015 season.