LAWRENCE KS - NOVEMBER 20: Running back Kendall Hunter #24 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys carries the ball during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on November 20 2010 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kansas Falls To No. 10 Oklahoma State, 48-14

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Oklahoma State Cowboys Vs. Kansas Jayhawks: OSU Walks Away With 48-14 Victory

In typical Kansas fashion, the Jayhawks football team gave us a glimpse of hope and then let it all come crushing down quickly.

KU started off on the right foot with Quinn Mecham throwing a touchdown pass on the first drive of the game. That made it 7-0 and Oklahoma State scored twice to make it 10-7 later in the first. Kansas scored again on a 24-yard James Sims touchdown run making it 14-10 at the end of the first quarter. KU was looking good having scored on drives of 80 and 77 yards.

That didn't last long.

Oklahoma State made it 20-14 at halftime leaving KU some second half hope but the Cowboys took care of business quickly in the second half ending the game with a 48-14 OSU victory.

Quinn Mecham finished the game 13-of-23 for 138 yards (no second half completions) and one touchdown. Jordan Webb came on in the fourth quarter and went 6-of-9 for 36 yards. James Sims had 17 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown while Daymond Patterson caught six balls for 68 yards.

The Cowboys made plenty of mistakes throughout the game giving KU an opportunity to stay in it but Kansas couldn't capitalize. KU made their own share of mistakes -- blocking punt returned for a touchdown comes to mind -- so it wasn't like they were without fault.

Another rough day for Kansas but, hey, one good quarter is something to build on, right?

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Oklahoma State Cowboys Vs. Kansas Jayhawks: Blocked Punt Leads to 34-14 OSU Lead

The Kansas Jayhawks scored on the opening drive of the game and later in the first quarter but not much has gone right since then. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have tried to give the game away to KU with silly penalties but the Jayhawks won't take it, apparently.

Kansas is down 34-14 in the third quarter.

The latest score came on a blocked punt. An OSU defender got through Kansas' punt unit, blocked the punt and it was picked up and taken back for a touchdown. KU also had a blocked field goal so it hasn't been a great special teams day for KU.

OSU's Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper have combined for 14 catches, 198 yards and one touchdown midway through the third quarter.

It would take a Colorado-esque comeback for KU at this point.

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No. 10 Oklahoma State Cowboys Vs. Kansas Jayhawks: KU Within Striking Distance At Halftime

The Kansas Jayhawks are within striking distance of the Oklahoma State Cowboys at halftime. OSU leads KU 20-14 through two quarters at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kan.

Kansas put up 14 points in the first quarter with two drives over 77 yards. QB Quinn Mecham hit Tim Biere for a touchdown less than three minutes into the game to give KU a 7-0 lead. OSU responded with a touchdown and a field goal in the next two drives until KU's RB James Sims added a 24-yard touchdown run.

The two sides have played very even to this point in the game and KU has been able to move the ball. It's a promising start for KU.

OSU has 16 first downs to KU's 15 and 299 total yards to KU's 224. Kansas QB Quinn Mecham has completed an efficient 13-of-16 passes for 138 yards and one touchdown. Mecham added another 15 on the ground while JRB James Sims has 52 yards on 11 carries through one half. OSU's Justin Blackmon is on pace for a big game with four receptions for 76 yards so far. KU's Daymond Patterson has 63 yards on five catches.

Oklahoma State is ranked 10th in the country while Kansas is looking for their second Big 12 victory this year.

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Oklahoma State Cowboys Vs. Kansas Jayhawks: KU Football Is 24-Point Underdog

I've said before the Kansas Jayhawks are not expected to beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Lawrence, Kan. on Saturday. Vegas certainly agrees with me.

The early line on the game between these two teams is 24 points in favor of Oklahoma State. The over/under is 64 points. Vegas is freakishly accurate on these sorts of things so that gives you a good idea of just how big of a test this is for KU.

The Jayhawks will send out Quinn Mecham as the starting QB. He started the season as the No. 3 QB but has held onto the job since QB Jordan Webb went down with a shoulder injury. Mecham helping with the five touchdown comeback against Colorado doesn't hurt.

Turner Gill's keys to the game include scoring touchdowns and creating three or more turnovers. Hanging onto the ball will be critical in this game. KU simply can't afford to turn it over and give Oklahoma State easy points. In addition to that, KU needs to force turnovers AND turn those into points.

It's not impossible for Kansas but it's a very, very difficult test for them.

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Oklahoma State Cowboys Vs. Kansas Jayhawks: Turner Gill's Keys To The Game

Kansas Jayhawks head coach Turner Gill talked to the media on Tuesday laying out his keys to KU's game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Gill always lays out what the Jayhawks need to do to win and, while I don't think they have much of a shot this week, his goals are spot on.

(Gill press conference audio is at KUSports.com)

Scoring touchdowns: This goes without saying but KU didn't score a touchdown against Nebraska. Captain obvious statement: They can't win without scoring touchdowns.

Have ball security: KU just isn't good enough yet to overcome turnovers. To win, I think they need to plus two or more in the turnover department. Turner Gill says they need to...

Create three or more turnovers: If not more. KU will really have to be opportunistic against Oklahoma State to have a shot. Not only do they need to create turnovers, but they need to score off of them.

Tackle well: This goes without saying but they can't let any mistakes turn this game into a blowout, and against Oklahoma State, missed tackles would turn it into a blowout.

Bottomline, KU needs some help to win this one. They need to create turnovers and operate competently on offense. A performance from Quinn Mecham that rivals his fourth quarter against Colorado would help.

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Oklahoma State Vs. Kansas: Jayhawks Will Start Quinn Mecham, Turner Gill Says

The Kansas Jayhawks are onto their third quarterback of the season. In Week 1, it was QB Kale Pick, followed by QB Jordan Webb and then after those two were out with injuries it was QB Quinn Mecham. He led KU on a ridiculous comeback against Colorado so he's held onto the spot since then.

Webb was limited last week with a shoulder injury which is why Mecham started. This week, though, with Webb healthy it will be Mecham starting once again. At his weekly press conference, Gill suggested both Mecham and Webb could play against Oklahoma State next week.

Oklahoma State is No. 10 in the BCS rankings and they're expected to win big against KU in Lawrence, Kan.  The Jayhawks have lost five of their last six games and nearly all of them have been blowouts. It's hard to imagine KU standing much of a chance here but you've got to like some things they did against Nebraska defensively. (Offensively, KU had one of the worst performances we've ever seen).

So Mecham gets the nod as KU tries to pull off a major upset. They have some experience in upsets as they beat then-ranked Georgia Tech and just two weeks ago had that comeback against Colorado. So KU has had some success when the odds are against them.

That said, you'd have to be crazy to pick against Oklahoma State in this one.

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