After a first quarter that somehow featured no points, no punts and no turnovers, the Oklahoma State Cowboys were the first to break the scoreless tie with a four-yard rushing touchdown by quarterback J.W. Walsh in the second quarter and finished the half leading Kansas, 10-0.
Both teams seemingly refused to punt early in the game, as five of the first six drives of the game were turnovers on downs. The sole exception was an interception thrown by Walsh on the third play of the second quarter.
When a three-and-out in Kansas territory finally forced OK-State to punt, it worked very nicely, pinning the Jayhawks inside their own 10-yard line. When the Cowboys were able to force a three-and-out of their own, they received great field position from a KU punt that they turned into the first points of the game.
A 49-yard field goal by Quinn Sharp with 49 seconds left in the half added to that lead and gave the Cowboys a 10-0 advantage that could have been extended further, but Sharp missed a 52-yard attempt.