Alan Bowman made friends in Stillwater Friday with his play against Kansas State — and the Bob Fenimore jersey.
STILLWATER — Alan Bowman ended two things Friday.
He played every snap at quarterback for OSU in the Cowboys’ 29-21 win against Kansas State, completing 19 of 35 passes for 235 yards.
Most importantly, Bowman’s performance helped end OSU’s two-game losing streak. After a lackluster start, the Cowboys’ season is back on track.
He also shut down OSU’s three-man quarterback carousel. Even if coach Mike Gundy didn’t come out and say it postgame — and why would he, after being vague about the position all season? — Bowman became what he was dubbed in OSU’s pregame radio show two weeks ago against Iowa State.
After two years as a backup at Michigan, Bowman is OSU’s starting quarterback.
“Alan is settling into us,” OSU offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn said. “He hasn’t had the sheer volume of snaps. Gunnar (Gundy) has had one and a half years with us. Garret (Rangel) has had a year. Bowman hasn’t played football in a while. We needed to get somebody quality snaps.”
Bowman didn’t put up a gaudy stat line or dice Kansas State’s secondary. His best two passes, a deep ball to Brennan Presley and a deep ball to Rashod Owens were catchable throws that fell incomplete. But the Cowboys didn’t need Bowman to carry the day.
OSU leaned on the run and a strong defensive performance. Ollie Gordon had 136 rushing yards, and freshman safety Cameron Epps had a pick-six with seconds remaining in the first half.
For his part, Bowman did not throw an interception or take a sack.
“When we are run first, we’re really hard to stop,” Bowman said. “We have a lot of receivers that are hard to defend. When we can add the run game to it, it’s special. Pretty to watch.”
Dunn said Bowman took essentially every practice snap the past two weeks. It was a bump up from the first three weeks of the season where Gunnar Gundy and Garret Rangel got equal shares of practice reps.
“The more games that we play as a unit, the more reps that we get in practice, the better we’re going to be on offense,” Bowman said.
Bowman passed for 40 less yards and two less touchdowns than he did against Iowa State, but it was winning football. For what his performance didn’t cover, the Bob Fenimore jersey he wore postgame to honor the star player on OSU’s 1945 National Championship team made up for it. Not a bad way to ingratiate himself to OSU fans.
“One thing I really try to work on is stay focused, stay level,” Bowman said. “Everyone is going to love you when you win, everyone is going to hate you when you lose. That’s the sport we live in.”