Iowa defensive back Riley Moss (33) is acknowledged during a senior day ceremony before a NCAA Big Ten Conference football game against Illinois, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.

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No. 15 Iowa, No. 22 Kentucky bring old-school styles to Citrus Bowl

In a sport that’s been taken over by spread offenses and flashy passing attacks, Saturday’s Citrus Bowl matchup between No. 15 Iowa and No. 22 Kentucky will serve as a reminder of days gone by.

The Hawkeyes (10-3) and Wildcats (9-3) are run-first teams that play strong defense and often make the magic happen when opponents make mistakes.

While strange things often happen in bowl games when teams haven’t played for weeks, logic dictates this is probably going to be a 17-14 or 20-17 kind of game.

Take, for instance, the comments of Kentucky defensive coordinator Brad White about the Iowa offense.

“Something we don’t see very much is that two-back run game, the fact they play with a fullback,” he said.

“Some of our guys, especially younger guys that came out of high school and have only seen spread offenses, they don’t even know what a fullback is.

“So you’ve got to coach them up on that. So there’s a challenge in that aspect and it’s nice that we’ve had a couple of weeks to prepare.”

Iowa has exceeded most expectations this fall, aside from midseason losses to upset expert Purdue and Wisconsin. But the Hawkeyes rallied to win their last four games and reach the Big Ten Conference championship game, where they were hammered 42-3 by No. 2 Michigan.

Iowa hasn’t done it because of its offense. Aside from Tyler Goodson and his 1,151 rushing yards, there aren’t stars on that side of the ball. And Goodson is skipping the bowl game because he’s declared for next spring’s NFL Draft.

There’s also a question about who will start at quarterback. Spencer Petras has been hampered by a shoulder injury and ineffectiveness over the season’s second half, while backup Alex Padilla has completed just 45 of his 97 passes.

Veteran Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz said that who gets the call might not be decided until later in the week.

“If it keeps our opponent on their toes a little bit, that’s OK,” he said.

Iowa’s identity is its defense. Even with the conference title game factored into the equation, the Hawkeyes allowed just 19.2 points per game.

Opponents have rushed for just 113.8 yards per game and the Hawkeyes have picked off 24 passes, with Riley Moss recording a pair of pick-sixes.

But they’ll face one of the most balanced offenses they’ve seen all season in the Wildcats. They averaged 206.1 yards per game on the ground and another 225 in the air. Will Levis threw for 2,593 yards with 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, completing 66.5 percent of his passes.

Wan’Dale Robinson has been Levis’ favorite target, catching 94 passes for 1,164 yards and seven scores.

On the ground, Chris Rodriguez chewed up 1,272 yards and scored eight touchdowns for the first 1,000-yard season of his career. Kentucky’s third-down conversion percentage of 51.1 percent ranks fifth in FBS.

“Their offensive line reminds me of Michigan,” said Ferentz.

This will be the first time these programs have met.

–Field Level Media

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker (5) looks to pass as Tennessee offensive lineman Jerome Carvin (75) defends against Kentucky defensive end Josh Paschal (4) during an SEC football game between Tennessee and Kentucky at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky. on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.

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Tennessee hangs on to beat No. 18 Kentucky

Hendon Hooker threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns Saturday night as Tennessee made the most of its limited opportunities, upsetting No. 18 Kentucky 45-42 in Lexington, Ky.

Hooker completed 15 of 20 passes for the Volunteers (5-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference), including a 6-yard scoring strike to Cedric Tillman with 11:40 left that gave them a 45-35 lead. The Wildcats (6-3, 4-3) pulled within three points when Will Levis hit Izayah Cummings with a 24-yard touchdown pass just over two minutes later.

But Kentucky’s last chance to win went begging with 29 seconds remaining when Levis’ 4th-and-10 pass from the Tennessee 38 sailed over the head of his intended receiver. It was the Wildcats’ third straight loss.

Levis completed 31 of 49 passes for 372 yards with three touchdowns and an interception that Alontae Taylor took 56 yards for a third quarter touchdown. Wan’Dale Robinson caught 13 passes for 166 yards while Chris Rodriguez rushed 22 times for 109 yards.

Kentucky lost despite enjoying incredible discrepancies in number of plays and time of possessions. It ran 99 plays to the Volunteers’ 47, enabling it to control the ball for a whopping 46:08, and finished the game with 612 total yards to Tennessee’s 461.

Tennessee took the lead 11 seconds into the game when Hooker and JaVonta Payton hooked up for a 75-yard touchdown pass. Kentucky equalized on its first drive, using up more than 8 1/2 minutes before Kavosiey Smoke rushed for a 9-yard touchdown.

That set the game’s tone — the Volunteers score in a hurry and the Wildcats answer by eating up clock before hitting the end zone. Hooker made it 14-7 26 seconds after Smoke scored, hitting Velus Jones for a 72-yard touchdown.

Levis gave Kentucky a 21-14 second quarter lead with an 8-yard touchdown run and a 3-yard scoring strike to Justin Rigg. But Tennessee rallied to grab a 24-21 halftime lead on Hooker’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Warren and Chase McGrath’s 43-yard field goal.

–Field Level Media

Wisconsin linebacker Nick Herbig (19) strips Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras (7) of the ball during the second quarter of their game on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Wisconsin recovered the ball.

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No. 19 Iowa visits Northwestern trying to halt two-game skid

No. 19 Iowa went from a potential College Football Playoff contender to perilously close to falling out of the Big Ten West Division title in a matter of two weeks.

And the Hawkeyes might not find their tonic in Evanston. Iowa has struggled against Northwestern in recent seasons and visits Ryan Field on Saturday night trying to halt its losing streak at two games.

“There is no panic,” quarterback Spencer Petras said on the Hawkeyes’ official website. “The biggest thing is to push it forward, and push it through when you get knocked down like this.

“There is no quit on this team. These coaches, these players. We’re going to do what we can to review film and see what we can do to be better.”

Iowa (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) started 6-0, highlighted by a comeback 23-20 home win over then-No. 4 Penn State. That victory left the Hawkeyes and their dedicated fans thinking maybe they were the class of the Big Ten. However, since that victory, Iowa has been outscored 51-14 in losing back-to-back games to unranked Purdue and Wisconsin.

What changed?

For starters, the offense hit a tailspin. The Hawkeyes averaged 33.2 points in its first five games of the season but just 12.3 over the past three.

Petras threw all nine of his touchdown passes and just two interceptions during the first six games of 2021, but he was picked off four times against Purdue and went 9-of-19 for 93 yards vs. Wisconsin.

Iowa has rushed for just 100 yards in the past two games. Running back Tyler Goodson totaled 307 yards and five touchdowns on the ground through the first three games, but 306 without a rushing score over the past five.

He was held to 43 yards on 13 carries, but did have a touchdown, in Iowa’s 21-20 home loss to Northwestern last season.

Iowa has lost four of its past five meetings with Northwestern, with the Hawkeyes’ victory coming in Evanston in 2019.

The Wildcats (3-5, 1-4 Big Ten), though, feature an offense that’s consistently struggled all season — more than Iowa’s. Northwestern ranks 13th in the 14-team Big Ten in points (19 per game) and 11th in scrimmage yards (339 pg).

Northwestern, the reigning Big Ten West champ, has 14 or points or less in three of its past four games while allowing an average of 34.3 points in going 1-3 during October. The Wildcats have 674 yards while being outscored 74-21 in losing to Michigan and Minnesota over the previous two contests.

“With this group, we just have to have a level of consistency and execution,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said.

While the Wildcats’ offense has had its issues this season, running back Evan Hull ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 750 rushing yards. He ran 15 times for 107 yards in Northwestern’s 41-14 home loss to Minnesota last weekend.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Kansas State Wildcats defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzomah (91) celebrates the sack of TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan (15) during the first quarter at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Felix Anudike-Uzomah records 6 sacks as Kansas State beats TCU

Felix Anudike-Uzomah tied an FBS record with six sacks to lead Kansas State to a dominating 31-12 victory over TCU on Saturday in Manhattan, Kansas.

Anudike-Uzomah, who became the fourth FBS defender with six sacks, also forced a fumble in the fourth quarter with TCU driving.

Kansas State (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) showed up defensively in the clutch. TCU came into the game perfect in 25 red-zone possessions (18 touchdowns, seven field goals), but the Horned Frogs managed one touchdown and one field goal in four red-zone possessions.

KSU quarterback Skylar Thompson was 13-of-21 for 242 yards with two total touchdowns. Deuce Vaughn rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

TCU (3-5, 1-4 Big 12) has lost five of its last six games.

Anudike-Uzomah passed Chris Johnson (four sacks vs. Missouri, 2000) for the school record. TCU had allowed eight sacks through its first seven games.

Kansas State got on the board first with a 4-yard touchdown run by Thompson. The seven-play, 78-yard drive was keyed by a Thompson-to-Vaughn 41-yard pass that put the ball on the 4-yard line.

TCU responded with a 24-yard field goal by Griffin Kell. Kansas State then scored on a 42-yard touchdown run by Vaughn. Kansas State faced fourth-and-1 just across midfield, but Vaughn went off-tackle and raced untouched to the end zone.

TCU had a chance to get back into the game when Kendre Miller raced 61 yards to the Kansas State 1-yard line. But the Frogs couldn’t score in four plays from a yard out. The defense stopped Vaughn for a safety on the next play.

Vaughn redeemed himself on the next possession, leaping high over a pile of linemen to score a 1-yard touchdown to give Kansas State a 21-5 lead right before the half. Vaughn’s touchdown was set up by a Thompson-to-Phillip Brooks 37-yard pass.

TCU was stopped on fourth down inside the 5-yard line again in the second half.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Thompson hit Daniel Imatorbhebhe for a 73-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach. Chris Tennant’s 42-yard field goal capped the scoring.

Emari Demercado scored TCU’s only touchdown with 15 seconds left.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; Evanston, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver Mike Brown-Stephens (22) runs with the football in the first half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Mar’Keise Irving helps Minnesota run by Northwestern

Mar’Keise Irving rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries to lead Minnesota to a 41-14 win over Northwestern in a Big Ten contest on Saturday at Evanston, Ill.

With the win, Minnesota (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten) won its fourth straight and took over sole possession of first place in the West division.

Ky Thomas rushed for 106 yards on 21 carries and Tanner Morgan went 12-of-17 passing for 134 yards and one interception for Minnesota.

Andrew Marty went 10-of-16 passing for 93 yards and two touchdowns, and Evan Hull rushed for 107 yards on 15 carries in defeat for Northwestern (3-5, 1-4), which lost its second straight.

Minnesota got off to a strong start, taking a 13-0 lead after the first quarter.

Following a 26-yard field goal by Matt Trickett with 7:55 left in the first, the Golden Gophers took a 10-0 lead 11 seconds later on a 25-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Justin Walley.

Trickett then connected on a 30-yard field goal with 52 seconds left in the first quarter to make it 13-0 Minnesota.

Northwestern made it a 13-7 game with 11:51 left in the second quarter on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Marty to Evan Hull.

But Minnesota regained a 13-point lead at 20-7 with 4:47 remaining in the second quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run by Irving.

After a scoreless third quarter, Minnesota took a 27-7 lead with 14:54 remaining in the game on an 18-yard touchdown run by Morgan.

The Golden Gophers then took a 34-7 lead with 9:33 left on a 41-yard touchdown run by Irving.

Northwestern closed to within 34-14 on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Marty to Berkeley Holman with 6:37 remaining.

Minnesota went ahead 41-14 with 1:56 left on a 24-yard touchdown by Derik LeCaptain.

–Field Level Media

Oct 16, 2021; Athens, Georgia, USA; Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Will Levis (7) runs against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first half at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Trick or treat: No. 12 Kentucky travels to personal house of horrors in Starkville

Kentucky is the nation’s 12th-ranked team, but you can expect Mississippi State to roll out the welcome mat for Saturday’s SEC contest.

The Wildcats have dropped their past five games in Starkville, with the past three setbacks coming by a combined score of 115-36.

Kentucky hasn’t beaten the Bulldogs in Mississippi since 2008. In that game, star wide receiver Randall Cobb played about half of the game at quarterback and threw for one score and rushed for another in a 14-13 win.

The Wildcats (6-1, 4-1 SEC) look to end their troubles at this house of horrors on Halloween weekend, though ninth-year coach Mike Stoops is stumped to describe the reason for the difficulties in Starkville.

“I can’t put my finger on any one thing,” Stoops said during a press conference. “There were times when we were down there and weren’t really in a good game. There were times when we had a chance to steal one. There were games when we weren’t very good, they were a better football team than us.”

Second-year Mississippi State coach Mike Leach isn’t concerned about the history. He sees his Bulldogs (4-3, 2-2) facing a big challenge against a team coming off a bye week.

“This is a really solid team,” Leach said of the Wildcats. “They’re going to play hard. They’ve had some close ones that they’ve gotten out of. That’s the biggest thing. They are guys that play hard and play together.”

Kentucky rattled off six straight wins to open the season to reach No. 11 in the rankings before being outclassed 30-13 by top-ranked Georgia on Oct. 16.

Star running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. never got untracked and rushed for just 7 yards on seven carries and caught four passes for 10 yards.

For the season, Rodriguez sports a 6.1 average per carry while rushing for 775 yards and five touchdowns. He also has two receiving scores.

Wildcats quarterback Will Levis has completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 1,326 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Mississippi State is fresh off a 45-6 shellacking of host Vanderbilt last Saturday. Will Rogers tossed a career-high four touchdown passes while accumulating 384 yards and two interceptions.

Rogers has thrown for 300 or more yards in five straight games and six of seven. He has 2,546 yards and 18 touchdowns against seven interceptions.

Five different Bulldogs caught five passes against Vanderbilt, and 13 players had at least one reception.

“It is important that we have good distribution,” Leach said. “We definitely want that. We had good distribution the other night where you want all the skilled positions to contribute to the offensive effort. That was good to see.”

Defensively, Bulldogs cornerback Emmanuel Forbes has three interceptions this season and eight in his career.

Kentucky has just three interceptions as a team this season, which might be just fine with Leach.

In last season’s 24-2 win in Lexington, the Wildcats registered six interceptions of KJ Costello (four) and Rogers (two). Linebacker Jordan Wright returned one for a touchdown.

Kentucky would like some of that same interception magic on the visit to Starkville as it looks to end its recent road futility in the series.

“You name it. You’ve got to coach better, we’ve got to play better,” Stoops said of ending the misery. “No excuses; we’ve just got to go down there and play better.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 4, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Arizona Wildcats quarterback Gunner Cruz (9) throws the ball away under the pressure of Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Earl Tuioti-Mariner (91) at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Offense-challenged Arizona takes backup QB to Boulder

Arizona will try to end the nation’s longest losing streak with its backup quarterback when the Wildcats play at Colorado on Saturday in Boulder, Colo.

Jordan McCloud, who showed promise in starting the past two games, suffered a season-ending leg injury in the fourth quarter of a 34-16 loss to UCLA on Saturday night. First-year coach Jedd Fisch will go back to Gunner Cruz, who started the first two games before losing his job.

Cruz passed for 336 yards in the opener against BYU but struggled against San Diego State in the next game.

“I believe in Gunner,” Fisch said of the Washington State transfer.

“Gunner won the job in training camp because of the way he was able to throw the football. We have to go back to that week of BYU preparation and remind him why he won the job and show him some of the good things he did against BYU.”

Arizona (0-5, 0-2 Pac-12) has lost 17 consecutive games. The Wildcats’ last victory was on Oct. 5, 2019, at Colorado.

The Buffaloes (1-4, 0-2) are coming off a bye week as they enter this basement battle in the Pac-12 South. They are on a four-game skid — although a 10-7 home loss to Texas A&M on Sept. 11 looks more impressive in hindsight.

Colorado, too, is facing quarterback questions. Freshman Brendon Lewis has completed 48 of 90 passes for 475 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

“Hopefully, the changes we’ve made are going to help us play more efficient and effective football,” Dorrell said of off-week tweaks. “We addressed a lot of things. Coaches’ roles, in terms of what the expectations are, the expectations we set for our players … they’ve owned up that we can be better.”

Colorado will try to unleash Jarek Broussard, the 2020 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. He has been held in check this season, rushing for 256 yards on 60 carries in five games.

Arizona gave up 329 rushing yards last week to the Bruins and allow 219.4 per game, ranking 122nd in the nation.

Each offense has suffered from a lack of explosive plays. Colorado hasn’t scored more than 14 points in a game during its four-game slide. Arizona hasn’t reached 20 points in eight consecutive games, which includes a home loss to FCS Northern Arizona last month.

–Field Level Media

Sep 25, 2021; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Arizona Wildcats quarterback Jordan McCloud (4) throws a pass during the first half against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona starting QB Jordan McCloud done for season

Starting quarterback Jordan McCloud will be out the rest of the season, according to Arizona head coach Jedd Fisch, who announced the news Monday.

“This is not a nine-month or 12-month injury by any means,” Fisch said. “This is more of just unfortunately where we are in the season.”

Multiple reports Sunday said McCloud would be out for the season following the sophomore’s right leg injury against UCLA.

During the game Saturday, McCloud had his right leg bent at an odd angle as he was sacked early in the fourth quarter of a game the Wildcats lost 34-16.

McCloud, a transfer from South Florida, played in three games for Arizona (0-5, 0-2 Pac-12), starting the last two. Overall, he completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 481 yards with 2 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.

“He transferred here to play. He came here to really help us, and I believe as he was learning the system more and more, we were going to be able to reap some of those benefits,” Fisch said.

Previous starter Gunner Cruz is expected to start for the Wildcats Saturday against Colorado.

–Field Level Media

Georgia Bulldog head coach Kirby Smart works with outside linebacker Nolan Smith (4) against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021.

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No. 1 Georgia meets No. 11 Kentucky in battle of unbeatens

No. 1 Georgia and No. 11 Kentucky each will look to take a major step toward a Southeastern Conference East Division title in a game with College Football Playoff implications between undefeated teams on Saturday in Athens, Ga.

The Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0) are coming off a season in which they failed to win the SEC East for the first time in four years. The Wildcats (6-0, 4-0) are off to their best start since 1950 and have never won a division title.

“This game speaks for itself in what it means and what’s at stake,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart told reporters.

Georgia’s average of 39.8 points per game are 22.3 more than the 17.5 points on average the Wildcats have allowed. The Bulldogs’ average of 432.5 yards per game also is 127.5 more than Kentucky has given up on average this season.

Conversely, Kentucky is averaging 410 yards per game, which is 206.5 more than the Bulldogs have yielded on average this season. Georgia’s defense has allowed only three touchdowns.

The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 239-33 after a 34-10 win at then-No. 18 Auburn last week. The Tigers took a 3-0 lead on their first possession before Georgia scored the game’s next 24 points en route to the victory.

Georgia rolled up 432 yards of offense and held Auburn to 46 rushing yards on 29 carries.

“You see why they’re ranked No. 1 in the country,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops told reporters. “They have an incredible defense, are doing good things on offense and are a complete football team.”

Kentucky has its highest ranking since the 2018 season after it cruised to a 42-21 win over visiting LSU on Saturday. The Wildcats put up 475 yards of offense behind quarterback Will Levis’ three touchdown passes and Chris Rodriguez Jr., who rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.

Georgia has won its past 11 games against Kentucky, including outscoring the Wildcats 35-3 the past two games combined. Kentucky’s most recent win over Georgia at Sanford Stadium came in 2009.

Kentucky will lean heavily on Levis, who has thrown for 1,134 yards and 11 touchdowns — with six interceptions — to get the ball to receiver Wan’Dale Robinson (37 catches, 527 yards, four TDs). Rodriguez has been terrific through six games, averaging 6.3 yards per carry, having run for 759 yards and five touchdowns on 120 carries.

Georgia leads the nation in total defense (201.2 ypg), passing defense (137 ypg) and scoring defense, as its 5.5 per-game average is nearly seven points fewer than Cincinnati and Clemson, who are tied for second at 12.2. Georgia also is fourth in rushing defense (64.2 ypg).

The Bulldogs’ biggest question, as it has been for the past month, is at quarterback. Stetson Bennett has started the past two games in place of JT Daniels, who has been sidelined with a strained oblique muscle.

Bennett went 14-of-21 passing for 231 yards and two touchdowns against Auburn. He has completed 69.4 percent of his passes (43 for 62) this season while throwing for 746 yards and eight touchdowns, with two interceptions.

“I don’t think the team has ever lacked confidence in Stetson,” Smart said. “Within this team there’s a belief that Stetson is a winner.”

Zamir White, who has rushed for 354 yards and six touchdowns on 71 carries, and James Cook, who has 245 yards and two scores on 41 carries, power a Georgia ground game that averages 197.2 yards per game.

–Field Level Media

Sep 25, 2021; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State's Spencer Sanders (3) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Kansas State Wildcats in the first quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Phipps-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma State dominates No. 25 Kansas State early

Spencer Sanders was 22-of-34 for 344 yards and two touchdowns as Oklahoma State defeated No. 25 Kansas State 31-20 on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla. The Cowboys (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) raced to a 31-10 lead and then coasted. Jaylen Warren rushed for 123 yards.

The Cowboys came in averaging 24 points per game and had not scored more than 28 in any game. They averaged 147 yards per game on the ground and 190 through the air. But they finished with 481 total yards, compared to just 260 for K-State. The Cowboys had 295 yards in the first half.

K-State (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) opened with a 13-play, 68-yard drive but had to settle for a 32-yard field goal by Taiten Winkel. But Oklahoma State answered with a 2-yard touchdown run by Sanders. The touchdown capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive, keyed by a 52-yard gain on a screen pass from Sanders to Warren.

K-State’s special teams had been noticeably absent so far this season, but Malik Knowles changed that with a 99-yard touchdown on the ensuing kickoff. It was the Wildcats’ 54th return for a touchdown (punts and kickoffs combined) since 2005, the most in the FCS. The next highest total is 34 by Alabama.

The lead didn’t last long as Sanders hit Brennan Presley for a 20-yard touchdown to push OSU back up 14-10. That score capped a seven-play, 73-yard drive.

Knowles was knocked down at his own 7-yard line on the kickoff, and on the first play, Will Howard couldn’t control the snap. The ball was recovered in the end zone by Malcolm Rodriguez and the Cowboys led 21-10 with 3:15 left in the first quarter.

After a KSU punt, Sanders hit Tay Martin with a 7-yard touchdown and the Cowboys matched their highest point total of the season with 10:51 remaining in the second quarter. Field goals by OSU’s Alex Hale and KSU’s Winkel closed the first-half scoring.

Neither team could mount much offense in the third quarter, until Jaren Lewis hit Deuce Vaughn in the flat and Vaughn raced 55 yards for the score.

–Field Level Media