Key play: Jake Waters threw an interception on a poor throw that was intended for Tyler Lockett, setting up a touchdown for Massachusetts a few plays later.
Key stat: Massachusetts out-gained K-State 138-33.
Key play: Waters found an uncovered John Hubert for a 43-yard touchdown that put K-State ahead 27-7.
Key stat: K-State scored a touchdown on all three of its drives.
Key play: Waters hit Glenn Gronkowski for a 50-yard touchdown to give K-State a 34-7 lead.
Key stat: K-State picked up six first downs.
Key play: Third-string running back DeMarcus Robinson, from Wichita Northwest, gained 11 yards on the first play of K-State’s final drive.
Key stat: K-State finished with 329 rushing yards.
Player of the game: Hubert. The senior running back had 118 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards and a touchdown. This was his best game by far.
Reason to hope: K-State’s rushing attack finally looked like what was expected. Hubert, Waters and Daniel Sams were all sharp on the ground. If that continues, K-State’s offense will only get better.
Reason to mope: Waters has thrown an interception in all three of his games and has five on the season.
Looking ahead: K-State has beaten Texas five straight times heading into next Saturday night’s meeting in Austin. Both teams need a win next week to jump-start their Big 12 championship hopes and move on from a nonconference loss.
| Kellis Robinett, firstname.lastname@example.org
|B+||Offense||The rushing game was much improved, and Hubert looked like his old self running for 118 yards. The passing game wasn’t what it has been. Waters missed some reads in the first half and threw an interception.|
|B||Defense||Travis Britz and Kip Daily were exceptional. The rest of the defense was so-so at best. The Wildcats improved as the game went on, but were outplayed by the Minutemen in the first quarter.|
|B||Special teams||Jack Cantele had an extra point blocked and K-State didn’t produce any big plays in the return game. A ho-hum game for this unit.|
|B||Coaching||A quicker start would have allowed the Wildcats to get more backups on the field.|