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Kansas State-Oklahoma State game report

Updated: 2013-10-06T02:13:57Z

First quarter

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.

Second quarter

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.

Third quarter

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.

Fourth quarter

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?

Report card

C OffenseThere 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 DefenseThe 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 teamsTravis 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 CoachingK-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, krobinett@kcstar.com

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