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Kansas State-TCU football report

Updated: 2013-11-17T03:35:01Z

First Quarter

Key play: Jake Waters found Tyler Lockett for a 74-yard touchdown pass to give K-State a 14-0 lead.

Key stat: TCU held the ball for 11 minutes, 2 seconds.

Second Quarter

Key play: B.J. Catalon made Dante Barnett look bad on a 15-yard touchdown run around the left side to make the score 14-7.

Key stat: K-State gained 64 yards on offense.

Third Quarter

Key play: Waters found Tramaine Thompson for a 79-yard touchdown pass that gave K-State a 24-21 lead.

Key stat: John Hubert carried the ball one time for 14 yards.

Fourth Quarter

Key play: Jack Cantele connected on a 41-yard field goal to win the game.

Key stat: Cantele made both of his field-goal attempts.

Player of the game: Cantele. He scored 12 points and won the game with a pressure-filled kick from 41 yards.

Reason to hope: The Wildcats are bowl eligible with two games remaining. With a trip to the postseason assured, they can play loose and try to earn as good a bowl bid as possible.

Reason to mope: If Ty Zimmerman is unable to play against Oklahoma, K-State’s defense will struggle to replace him. Remember what happened last year when the Wildcats had to play without him against Baylor?

Looking ahead: Oklahoma beat Iowa State on Saturday, but it trailed for most of the first half. The Sooners have been up and down this season. At Snyder Family Stadium, it should be a close game.

| Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

Report card

B+ OffenseTyler Lockett topped 100 yards against the top cornerback in the Big 12. Tramaine Thompson caught a 79-yard touchdown pass. Jake Waters threw for 234 yards and Daniel Sams ran for 109 yards. It was a good all-around day of offense, but the Wildcats gave up on John Hubert too early. He only got six touches.
B DefenseTCU hadn’t scored 30 points against a Big 12 opponent all season, so K-State had some defensive lapses. But it did enough to win without Ty Zimmerman and held TCU to 350 total yards.
A+ Special teamsJack Cantele made all four of his field-goal attempts and won the game with a 41-yarder. Throw in some solid returns from Thompson and it was good day from special teams.
B CoachingPoor clock management prevented K-State from a potential touchdown at the end of the first half, and the Wildcats seemed ill-prepared to defend Casey Pachall. But Snyder’s staff has finally taught its team how to win close games. That is the most important thing.

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