Wildcats report

K-State-West Virginia game report

Updated: 2013-10-27T03:43:52Z

First Quarter

Key play: Jake Waters found Tyler Lockett for a 35-yard touchdown pass that gave Kansas State a 7-0 lead.

Key stat: John Hubert rushed for 35 yards.

Second Quarter

Key play: K-State stopped a fake field goal near the end of the half and kept West Virginia at nine points.

Key stat: Baylor scored nine points in the quarter.

Third Quarter

Key play: Daniel Sams found Lockett in the back of the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown.

Key stat: K-State held West Virginia to three first downs.

Fourth Quarter

Key play: Waters found Thompson for a 30-yard touchdown that put K-State on top 21-12.

Key stat: K-State scored all 21 points in the fourth quarter.

Player of the game: Tyler Lockett. He caught three touchdown passes, and his 9-yard score in the third quarter was the play of the game.

Reason to hope: K-State is back at full strength, and the remaining schedule is soft. A bowl game, and maybe even seven victories, appear within reach.

Reason to mope: The Wildcats punted five times and lost two fumbles. Those mistakes will cost them against better competition.

Looking ahead: Iowa State comes to K-State next Saturday. The Cyclones have fallen on hard times this season, and the Wildcats will be favored.

REPORT CARD

B+ OffenseThe first half drags down the final grade, but there was nothing to complain about in the second half. K-State’s quarterbacks threw four touchdowns compared with three incomplete passes, and John Hubert got going on the ground, too. It’s obvious the offense is better with Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson back.
A DefenseRyan Mueller played another excellent game, and the secondary, particularly Randall Evans, looked much improved over the last game. The defense kept K-State in it early.
B+ Special teamsThe return game was better with Lockett and Thompson back, and Mark Krause did a fine job punting. But K-State didn’t do anything exceptional here.
A CoachingK-State’s defense played its finest game of the season, and the offense looked balanced for the first time all month. Bill Snyder and his staff used the bye week to their advantage.

| Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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