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October 15, 2006

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It appeared Kansas University suffered a few injuries to key players Saturday. Running back Jon Cornish sat out several second-half drives because of a lingering ailment that started before the Texas A&M game.

Meanwhile, linebacker Joe Mortensen wasn't moving his left arm after coming out in the fourth quarter, linebacker James Holt walked gingerly off the field with the help of a trainer afterward, and Brian Murph appeared to hurt his hand, though he continued to play.

¢ Adarius Bowman became the 11th player in NCAA Division I-A history to have 300 receiving yards in a game and the first since 2001. The record is held by Louisiana Tech's Troy Edwards, who had 405 yards against Nebraska in 1998.

¢ Other big games by Oklahoma State players against Kansas: Rashaun Woods had 171 yards receiving versus the Jayhawks in 2002; Barry Sanders had 312 rushing yards in 1988; Vernand Morency had 269 rushing yards in 2003; and current OSU coach Mike Gundy, when he played quarterback for the Cowboys, torched Kansas for 429 passing yards in 1989.

¢ Gundy's 429-yard game is the only passing performance in Oklahoma State history to top Bobby Reid's on Saturday. Reid threw for 411 yards on 23-of-35 passing against the Jayhawks.

¢ Marcus Herford returned a kickoff 73 yards in the fourth quarter Saturday. It's the second return of 70-plus yards, and neither was taken in for a TD.

¢ Freshman Jake Sharp carried once for a 27-yard gain in the fourth quarter with Cornish on the sideline. He also caught a shovel pass and gained 15 yards.

"He added fresh legs, which was a key factor late in the game," KU coach Mark Mangino said. "That was an encouraging sign. We are glad to see that."

KU loses to OSU, 42-32

Kerry Meier plays his first game after sitting out three in a row due to an arm injury, but he is not the story today. KU lost to Oklahoma State 42-32. Enlarge video

¢ A dinged-up Cornish had just 55 yards on 10 carries, breaking his string of three straight 100-yard rushing games. Cornish has 765 yards rushing through seven games.

¢ Defensive end Russell Brorsen started his third straight game at defensive end, ahead of Rodney Allen. He's still not listed on KU's two-deep, though.

¢ Three players recorded double-digit tackles for the Jayhawks - Jerome Kemp (11), James McClinton (10) and Mike Rivera (10). Wayne Wilder had six tackles and two sacks.

¢ Sophomore cornerback Aqib Talib intercepted his second pass of the season Saturday just before halftime.

¢ One of the most comedic punt plays you'll ever see: When OSU punter Matt Fodge booted one in the first quarter into the right corner, Jonathan Lamb called the fair catch and raced over to get it. The problem: An Oklahoma State gunner caught the punt at the six-yard line as Lamb crashed into him. OSU was flagged for kick-catch interference.

¢ OSU snapped a seven-game road losing streak in league play. In its last victory, OSU trailed Missouri, 17-0, at the half before winning, 20-17.

¢ OSU's previous high for receiving yards was 232 by Woods versus SMU in 2003. Bowman's 13 catches tie Woods (vs. SMU) as the second-most in a game. The school record is 16 by Alex Loyd versus Kansas in 1949.

¢ The previous Big 12 record for receiving yards was 255 by Joel Filani of Texas Tech versus Kansas State in 2005.

¢ Bobby Reid set career bests with 23 completions for 411 yards. His previous highs were 14 completions twice and 281 yards Sept. 23 versus Houston.

¢ Kansas still hasn't beaten Oklahoma State since the formation of the Big 12. The Cowboys have won five straight.

¢ Temperature was 57 degrees at kickoff under partly cloudy skies, with winds blowing out of the east-southeast at 1 mph. Game time was 3:10.

- Ryan Wood and Gary Bedore

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