Kansas upsets OK State, punch rare bowl ticket

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Kansas is set to make its first bowl game since 2008 after dominating No. 18 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Kansas upsets Oklahoma State, becomes bowl eligible for first time in 14 years play Kansas fans pull down goalposts after clinching bowl eligibility (0:24) Kansas defeats Oklahoma State to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2008, and the fans storm the field to celebrate. (0:24) 8:27 PM ET Kyle BonaguraESPN Staff Writer Close Covers the Pac-12. Joined ESPN in 2014. Attended Washington State University. The Kansas Jayhawks are bowl eligible for the first time since 2008. They punched their ticket with a dominant 37-16 victory at home against No. 18 Oklahoma State, led by a brilliant game from running back Devin Neal , who carried 32 times for 224 and a score. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Kansas, which started the season 5-0. Bowl eligibility had seemed like a foregone conclusion, but after star quarterback Jalon Daniels went down against TCU in game No. 6 and the scheduled got harder, it was less of a certainty. Quarterback Jason Bean had his best game since being thrust into the starting role, completing 18 of 23 passes for 203 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also scored on a 73-yard run and finished with 93 yards on the ground. Kansas' last bowl appearance was a win against Minnesota in the 2008 Insight Bowl under coach Mark Mangino, who departed after the 2009 season. None of the four coaches who followed him --Turner Gill, Charlie Weis, David Beaty and Les Miles -- won more than three games in a season, let alone the six needed for bowl eligibility. The Jayhawks' turnaround under coach Lance Leipold has been rapid. After winning just two games in his debut last season, Kansas climbed to No. 19 in the AP poll this year before the three-game losing streak. It marked the first time the Jayhawks had appeared in the AP poll since 2009.