Key play: Daniel Sams hit Glenn Gronkowski for a 67-yard touchdown pass for the first score of the game.
Key stat: K-State had possession for 9 minutes, 28 seconds.
Key play: Travis Britz blocked a kick and Kip Daily returned it 65 yards for a touchdown, giving K-State a 14-10 lead.
Key stat: By the end of the first half, K-State had committed 10 penalties for 82 yards.
Key play: Torell Miller caught a 17-yard touchdown pass that helped put K-State ahead 21-17
Key stat: Oklahoma State scored six points while gaining 15 yards.
Key play: Daniel Sams threw an interception on the first play of a drive with K-State trailing 30-29.
Key stat: K-State ended its final two drives with interceptions.
Player of the game: Shaun Lewis. The Oklahoma State defender had eight tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Reason to hope: K-State made more mistakes than it has in years and was still in position to beat a ranked team on the road late.
Reason to mope: At 2-3, with high-flying Baylor up next, it might be a while before K-State gets back to .500 — even with five home games remaining.
Looking ahead: Baylor looks like an offensive juggernaut. Can K-State’s defense slow down the Bears next Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium?
|C||Offense||There were times the offense looked great behind Daniel Sams, especially considering Tramaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett weren’t on the field. But penalties and turnovers negated most of those positives.|
|A||Defense||The defense did its part and more. Oklahoma State continually benefited from outstanding field position, and K-State held tough to force field goals and punts. The Wildcats could have better defended a flea-flicker in the first half and looked soft on Oklahoma State’s go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, but no defense can hold the Cowboys all day.|
|B||Special teams||Travis Britz is developing quite the talent for blocking kicks, and when Kip Daily scooped up his block and ran it in for a touchdown it looked like K-State had the momentum it needed to win. The return game left a lot to be desired, though that was expected without Lockett or Thompson.|
|D||Coaching||K-State coaches can’t settle on a quarterback, and they continue to swap Waters and Sams in and out at strange times. Play-calling also seemed suspect at key times Saturday.|
| Kellis Robinett, firstname.lastname@example.org