October 20, 2007

Late field goal helps OSU escape with win

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Turnovers and big plays in special teams. The formula that No. 25 Kansas State has used to win games under Coach Ron Prince proved to be Oklahoma State's script to survival Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium. The Wildcats surrendered three fumbles and gave up a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, but it was a Jason Ricks 26-yard field goal with two seconds remaining that allowed the Cowboys to escape with a 41-39 victory.

"They have been able to win some tough games in tough situations," Prince said of Oklahoma State. "My hat is off to them. They are a terrific team. We came to their place and we gave it a good fight, but it wasn't enough."

The loss drops K-State to 4-3 on the season and 2-2 in the Big 12 Conference play, while the Cowboys moved to 5-3 and 3-1. K-State returns home next week to take on Baylor.

Trailing 38-31 after an Oklahoma State touchdown with 4:09 on the clock, Josh Freeman continued his masterful day by driving the Wildcats 80 yards on nine plays to make the score 38-37 with just 1:10 left on the clock.

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