By Brenden Dougherty
STILLWATER – No. 19 Oklahoma State bounced back in a lop-sided victory on Senior Day, against the Kansas Jayhawks Saturday afternoon at Boone Pickens Stadium.
In this game, the Cowboys’ seniors paved the way leading OSU to a 58-17 victory.
Senior quarterback Mason Rudolph completed 32 of 44 passes for 494-yards and two touchdowns while also running in two of his own. Of those 494 yards, senior receivers Marcell Ateman and James Washington combined for 213yards, 106 for Washington and 107 for Ateman.
However, OSU also had great games from underclassmen on offense.
Red-shirt freshman running back L.D. Brown ran for two touchdowns on eight carries for 48-yards, averaging six yards a carry.
Red-shirt freshman receiver Dillon Stoner lead the Cowboys in receiving yards with 113 on four receptions, highlighted by a 76-yard touchdown catch and run in the second quarter.
On Defense, the Cowboys had seniors highlighting all three levels.
On the defensive line, tackle DeQuinton Osborne had the second most tackles, six, three for a loss and one sack. He finished the regular season leading the Cowboys in sacks.
For the linebacker-corps, Chad Whitener finished with five tackles and an interception. That was his second of the year and fourth of his career.
In the secondary, safeties Ramon Richards and Tre Flowers patrolled the whole field. Richards lead OSU with eight total tackles, two for a loss, and had one pass break-up. Flowers had five tackles and a break-up.
However, Kansas was able to slow down the Big 12’s leading rusher in sophomore running back Justice Hill. Hill was held to only 58-yards on 16 carries.
The Jayhawks had two defenders who both totaled nine tackles, red-shirt junior linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. and sophomore corner Hasan Defense. Junior defensive tackle Daniel Wise had three tackles for a loss and was also a big part of stopping Hill.
On the Kansas offense, junior receiver Steven Sims Jr. lead the Jayhawk passing game with nine receptions for 69-yards and one touchdown.
On special teams, junior Jayhawk returner Ryan Schadler had six returns for a total of 133-yards. Schadler averaged 22.2-yards per return with a long of 27.
The Jayhawks finished their season 1-11 and will be heading home to start their offseason.
The Cowboys finished theirs 9-3 and will wait to be placed into a Bowl game. Prior to the Thanksgiving week, OSU was predicted to play against Virginia Tech in the AutoNation Cure Bowl at Camping World Stadium on Dec. 16 in Orlando, Florida, according to SBNATION.