Key play: Jake Waters found Tyler Lockett for a 57-yard gain on the game’s opening drive and set up K-State for an easy touchdown.
Key stat: K-State scored on its first three drives and took a 13-0 lead.
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Key play: Jarvis West returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown to give Iowa State a 14-13 lead.
Key stat: West returned a punt for a touchdown and threw for a touchdown after catching a touchdown pass in the first quarter.
Key play: Marquel Bryant made a tackle at the line of scrimmage to stop Iowa State on a fourth-and-short, keeping K-State within one score.
Key stat: After 48 combined points in the first half, neither team scored in the third quarter.
Key play: Randall Evans intercepted a pass intended for West, setting up K-State with field position that it turned into a touchdown.
Key stat: Waters ran seven times for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Player of the game: Jake Waters. The senior quarterback approached 400 yards of total offense and made loads of clutch plays.
Reason to hope: K-State was uncharacteristically mistake-prone on Saturday and still found a way to win on the road.
Reason to mope: The Wildcats often looked out of place and unathletic on defense. That’s a combination Auburn could really take advantage of.
Looking ahead: K-State is off this week, but then plays host to Auburn on Thursday, Sept. 18. It will be one of the most anticipated nonconference games ever at Snyder Family Stadium.
Jake Waters toughed out yards on the ground and K-State outgained Iowa State by 152 yards. But penalties and other miscues prevented the Wildcats from a better grade and a larger early lead.
Give Randall Evans and Ryan Mueller credit for making the plays necessary to shut out Iowa State in the second half, but Iowa State gashed K-State in the second quarter.
The Wildcats allowed an 82-yard punt return and rarely benefited from their own special-teams unit.
K-State made some nice halftime adjustments, but it was ill-prepared to match Iowa State during its 28-point outburst.