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Cornelius tosses 4 TDs, leads Oklahoma St past Kansas 48-28

September 29, 2018 - 4:50 pm
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After last week's 24-point loss to Texas Tech that knocked them out of the top 25, Oklahoma State came to Kansas on Saturday needing a big win. Almost right away, you could tell that wouldn't be a difficult goal.

Taylor Cornelius passed for 312 yards and four touchdowns, Justice Hill ran for 189 yards and the Cowboys (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) cruised to a 48-28 win over the Jayhawks (2-3, 0-2 Big 12).

Oklahoma State found the end zone on each of its first three possessions and scored on their first four, setting the tone early.

"I was proud of how our guys started the game," coach Mike Gundy said. "Sometimes we've not played real good up here in the first half. I thought our defense and offense really took the field and motivated themselves and played well early in the game, which was very important."

Kansas' defense was simply no match.

"They had a really good gameplan, and they executed it," coach David Beaty said. "That was the key."

Cornelius got things going early, throwing to Tylan Wallace on a slant route for the 11-yard touchdown before hitting Landon Wolf for a 42-yard score on a deep ball the next drive.

Cornelius' first incompletion didn't come until the third drive, when he overthrew a wide-open Braydon Johnson streaking down the field. Kansas would not learn from that lucky break, though, as Tyron Johnson got open on almost an identical route on the next play on his way to a 64-yard score.

"It was just something we worked on all week, those shot plays," Cornelius said. "Missed Braydon on the first one, then we were confident enough to come back with a different little scheme the next time. Tyron did a great job getting open. Just made the throw that time."

Hill was a steady counterweight to the passing game, averaging 6.1 yards per carry on 31 rushes. He scored in the third quarter, running in from 10 yards out after a pair of big passes got the Cowboys in the red zone.

"Our plan going in was to let him carry the load, and it worked out well for us," Gundy said. "He made the extra guy miss several times. We're lucky to have a guy special enough to do that."

Kansas turned to Carter Stanley for his first start under center all year, benching Peyton Bender who had previously started all four games. Stanley responded well, throwing for 247 yards on 24-of-32 passing and three touchdowns.

"I was definitely happy to be out there, no doubt," Stanley said. "Felt good. But me personally, I know I can -- on some simple stuff, some simple stuff that may not seem like a big deal -- I know I can be a lot better in certain situations."

True freshman Pooka Williams shined once again, picking up 97 yards rushing and 60 yards in the passing game. This included a 60-yard ground burst for a score in the Jayhawks' first drive of the second half, his fourth touchdown on the year.

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