Kansas 24, Oklahoma State 14
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ L.T. Levine broke a 61-yard touchdown run on Kansas’ second play and the Jayhawks beat Oklahoma State 24-14 Saturday before a sparse, lethargic homecoming crowd.
It was the fifth straight victory over Oklahoma State for Kansas (5-3 overall, 2-2 Big Eight), which still harbors flickering hopes for a bowl bid.
The Cowboys (3-4-1, 0-3-1), after winning three of their first four in coach Pat Jones’ 11th season, have lost three of their last four.
Levine, becoming the 31st Jayhawk to reach 1,000 career rushing yards, finished with 161 yards. On third-and-1 on the second play from scrimmage, he darted through a hole over left tackle and fled 61 yards to give the Jayhawks a 7-0 lead just 22 seconds into the game.
It was the longest run of his career for the junior tailback, who had another long TD run nullified by a penalty.
Oklahoma State’s Lawson Vaughn missed a 48-yard field goal attempt in the first period and a 48-yarder in the second as Kansas went to intermission with a 10-0 lead. Jeff McCord tied his career long by hitting a 48-yarder with 7:18 left in the first period.
Oklahoma State lost 6 yards on fourth-and-3 early in the second half and turned the ball over on its 49. Asheiki Preston hit Ashaundai Smith for 24 yards to the 23, then June Henley went 12 yards a moment later to the 5. On second-and-goal from the 2, Costello Good put the Jayhawks on top 17-0.
Andre Richardson broke free for a 68-yard run to the Kansas 5 a moment later. But David Thompson fumbled on third down and Avery Randle recovered for the Jayhawks.
Tone’ Jones hooked up with Rafael Denson on a 54-yard pass play in the third period for the Cowboys’ first TD, making it 17-7 with 6:03 left.
Kansas marched 60 yards in 9 plays to seize a 24-7 lead with 13:30 left on Mark Williams’ 27-yard touchdown pass to Smith.
Oklahoma State made it 24-14 with 8:08 left on Richardson’s 1-yard run.