Tyler Lockett stumbled as he tried to haul in a touchdown pass from Jake Waters, leaving K-State scoreless in the first quarter.
Oklahoma outgained K-State 128 yards to 37.Second quarter
Waters found Lockett for a 90-yard touchdown pass that tied the score 21-21.
The teams combined to score 38 points.Third quarter
Trevor Knight hit Jalen Saunders for a 48-yard gain that set up an Oklahoma field goal.
Waters attempted three passes.Fourth quarter
Zack Sanchez intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown to put Oklahoma ahead 41-24.
Waters threw both of his interceptions against the wind.
Player of the game:
Tyler Lockett. His 440 all-purpose yards were the fifth-most in NCAA history, and he broke single-game program records in three categories.
Reason to hope:
If K-State beats Kansas next weekend, it will clinch a winning season and stand a good chance of receiving an invitation to the Holiday Bowl.
Reason to mope:
The Wildcats let an opportunity slip away Saturday. They are rarely favored to beat the Sooners, and they didn’t take advantage. The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl is now out of reach.
K-State has dominated the Sunflower Showdown in recent years, and it will once again be favored next week. But the Jayhawks are capable of running the ball out of spread formations the same way the Sooners do.
| Kellis Robinett, firstname.lastname@example.org Report card
|B||Offense||Tyler Lockett had one of the best games in K-State history, and Jake Waters threw some nice passes with the wind. But nothing else worked. For the second straight game, the Wildcats gave up on John Hubert too early. On Saturday, they also gave up on Daniel Sams, letting him run three times. The offensive line was outplayed.|
|D||Defense||K-State was ill-prepared to stop Oklahoma’s zone read. It allowed Brennan Clay to rush for 200 yards, and Trevor Knight hurt the Wildcats with both his arm and his legs. Things were sure to be tough without Ty Zimmerman, but K-State’s defense shouldn’t have struggled like that.|
|C||Special teams||Lockett had some nice returns, but Mark Krause punted poorly into the wind at inopportune times.|
|C||Coaching||Give Dana Dimel credit for lining up in formations that allowed Lockett to continually find space in the first half, but the running game was atrocious. Tom Hayes made a mistake allowing K-State’s defense to play off the ball and spread out when he knew Oklahoma was going to run the ball.|