Cowboys Rally for 20-18 Win Over K-State


MANHATTAN, Kansas – No. 14 Oklahoma State was held scoreless in the first half for the first time since 2014 but used a big second half to rally for a 20-18 win over Kansas State on Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. It was the second straight loss for K-State, who fell to 4-3 (4-2 Big 12).

Trailing 12-0, the Cowboys used a pair of field goals and a 9-yard rushing touchdown by Brennan Presley in the third quarter to take a 13-12 lead. K-State managed just 25 yards of offense in the third, as the visiting Cowboys got back into the game.

Jason Taylor added to Oklahoma State’s advantage midway through the fourth with a 85-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Will Howard pulled the Cats within two with a late rushing score, but the two-point conversion attempt failed.

K-State forced a punt to get the ball back with time winding down. An interception by Oklahoma State’s Tre Sterling sealed the win for the visitors, who improved to 5-1 (4-1 Big 12).

K-State’s defense limited Oklahoma State to just four first downs in the first half, as the Cats took a 12-0 lead to halftime. Blake Lynch connected on a pair of field goals, and Phillip Brooks hauled in a touchdown pass for K-State in the first half.

Howard threw for 143 yards and added a game-high 125 rushing yards on the day. K-State held a 370-256 advantage in total yards.

Spencer Sanders threw for 108 yards for Oklahoma State. LD Brown led the rushing attack with 110 yards, while Dillon Stoner added 62 receiving yards for the Cowboys.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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