University of Kansas

Kansas-Oklahoma State football preview

Updated: 2013-11-07T23:40:22Z

When/where: 3 p.m. Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater

TV/radio: Fox Sports 1; KCSP (610 AM)

The series: Oklahoma State leads 32-29-2

The line: Oklahoma State by 31

KANSAS (2-6, 0-5 Big 12)

What’s at stake

Kansas is finishing the most grueling stretch of its schedule: Over the past three weeks, the Jayhawks faced ranked teams Baylor and Oklahoma and Big 12 leader Texas. Now they meet No. 15 Oklahoma State, the team picked to finish atop the Big 12. For KU, it’s another chance to snap a 26-game Big 12 skid and pull an unlikely upset.

Cheers if …

The KU receivers continue to show signs of life. During the last two weeks, junior Rodriguez Coleman emerged as a receiver who can stretch the field. The passing game is still a work in progress, but it’s improved — especially after recording just 16 passing yards against Oklahoma on Oct. 19.

Jeers if …

KU can’t keep it competitive for a half. Yes, this is the same as last week. It could be a difficult task against an explosive Oklahoma State offense. The Cowboys are second in the Big 12 in scoring (40.5 points per game) and have one of the most balanced attacks in the Big 12.

Three things about Oklahoma State

1 Senior quarterback Clint Chelf has grabbed the starting job after a seasonlong battle with J.W. Walsh. Last week against Texas Tech, Chelf threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns while running six times for 88 yards and two touchdowns, including a 67-yard score.

2 Oklahoma State is the only team in the country with a 500-yard passing game and a 300-yard rushing game this season. Both came on the road.

3 The Cowboys have won eight of nine against Kansas since 1998. The Jayhawks, who last won in 2007, had previously won six straight in the series.

Key matchup

Oklahoma State receiver Josh Stewart vs. KU’s secondary: Stewart has recorded 40 catches for 510 yards in eight games. He’s the Cowboys’ top target, but he’ll face two solid cornerbacks in Dexter McDonald and JaCorey Shepherd.

Rustin Dodd’s pick: Oklahoma State, 41-19

Oklahoma State has the Big 12’s second-best offense, and Kansas has failed to score 20 points in its last seven games. The best hope: KU keeps it respectable and builds momentum for a winnable game against West Virginia next week.

Date Opponent Result/time
Sept. 7South DakotaW, 31-14
Sept. 14at RiceL, 23-14
Sept. 21Louisiana TechW, 13-10
Oct. 5Texas TechL, 54-16
Oct. 12at TCUL, 27-17
Oct. 19OklahomaL, 34-19
Oct. 26BaylorL, 59-14
Nov. 2at TexasL, 35-13
Saturdayat Oklahoma St.3 p.m.
Nov. 16West Virginia11 a.m.
Nov. 23at Iowa StateTBA
Nov. 30Kansas StateTBA

OKLAHOMA STATE (7-1, 4-1 BIG 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31vs. Miss. State*W, 21-3
Sept. 7at Texas-SA W, 56-35
Sept. 14LamarW, 59-3
Sept. 28at West VirginiaL, 30-21
Oct. 5Kansas StateW, 33-29
Oct. 19TCUW, 24-10
Oct. 26at Iowa StateW, 58-27
Nov. 2at Texas TechW, 52-34
SaturdayKansas3 p.m.
Nov. 16at TexasTBA
Nov. 23BaylorTBA
Dec. 7OklahomaTBA

*at Houston

KANSAS OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR19Justin McCay6-2210Jr.
LT79Riley Spencer6-6305Sr.
LG63Ngalu Fusimalohi6-2310Jr.
C70Gavin Howard6-4300Sr.
RG73Damon Martin6-3300So.
RT77Aslam Sterling6-5315Sr.
TE41Jimmay Mundine6-2240Jr.
WR3Tony Pierson5-10175Jr.
WR82Andrew Turzilli6-3195Jr.
QB9Jake Heaps6-1210Jr.
RB29James Sims6-0200Sr.
K13Ron Doherty5-11205Sr.

KANSAS DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE90Kevin Young6-3287Sr.
NT98Keon Stowers6-3297Jr.
DE96Keba Agostinho6-2277Sr.
LB93Ben Goodman6-0245So.
LB31Ben Heeney6-2230Jr.
LB57Jake Love6-0220So.
NB27Victor Simmons6-1220Jr.
CB24J. Shepherd5-11190Jr.
FS33Cassius Sendish6-0195Jr.
SS5Isaiah Johnson6-1210So.
CB12Dexter McDonald6-1200Jr.
P1Trevor Pardula6-5212Jr.

OKLAHOMA STATE OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR17Charlie Moore6-2202Sr.
WR87Tracy Moore6-2215Sr.
LT58Daniel Koenig6-6310Jr.
LG51Brandon Webb6-3326Sr.
C54Jake Jenkins6-3298Jr.
RG71Parker Graham6-7315Sr.
RT67Brandon Garrett6-5295Jr.
WR5Josh Stewart5-10185Sr.
WR81Jhajuan Seales6-2185Jr.
QB10Clint Chelf6-1210Sr.
RB26Desmond Roland6-2210Jr.
K19Ben Grogan6-1175Fr.

OKLAHOMA STATE DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE92Jimmy Bean6-5245So.
DT91James Castleman6-2296Jr.
DT99Calvin Barnett6-2300Sr.
DE40Tyler Johnson6-1245Sr.
LB11Shaun Lewis5-11245Sr.
LB45Caleb Lavey6-3235Sr.
LB52Ryan Simmons6-0242So.
CB1Kevin Peterson5-11185So.
FS8Daytawion Lowe5-11205Sr.
SS7Shamiel Gary6-0210Sr.
CB4Justin Gilbert6-0200Sr.
P35Kip Smith6-1209Jr.

Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com

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