Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Published 3: 40 pm ET Oct. 26, 2019Updated 3: 51 pm ET Oct. 26, 2019
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Kansas State seriously damaged the College Football Playoff hopes of No. 5 Oklahoma with a stunning a 48 – 41 upset victory.
The Wildcats (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) seemed to put the game out of reach early in the fourth quarter by grabbing a 48 – 23 lead before holding off a late OU comeback attempt.
The victory was the first win for Kanas State against a top five team since 2006.
The Wildcats used a formidable ground attack to pull off the shocker, as running back James Gilbert accounted for 105 of the team’s total (rushing yards, while QB Skylar Thompson) 213 yards passing) ran for four rushing touchdowns. All six of the team’s scores were running TDs.
OU quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 395 yards and rushed for 96 in the loss.
Kansas State trailed Oklahoma 17 – 7 in the first quarter after two rushing scores by Hurts but stormed back to lead 24 – 23 at halftime. Oklahoma went scoreless in the third quarter as KSU comfortably pulled ahead before leading 48 – (early in the fourth.
) OU then mounted a massive rally. Hurts hit CeeDee Lamb for a 70 – yard score and then his rushing touchdown with 5: 36 left cut the deficit to 10. The Sooners defense then made a stand and Gabe Brkic sliced the score to 48 – 41 off a field goal with 1: 45 left.
The Sooners recovered the ensuing onside kick, but the play was overturned by replay after it showed receiver Trejan Bridges touched the ball before it went 10 yards. The Wildcats then ran out the clock for the win.
Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1) now faces a tall test in staying in the playoff picture after the Big 12 Slip-up. The Sooners were inprevious playoff projectionsentering the week, but now will have competition with other one-loss teams and lack a meaningful victory on its schedule beside No. 15 Texas.