Key play: Wendell Smallwood fumbled the ball near the goal line, ending a promising drive for West Virginia.
Key stat: K-State QB Jake Waters threw for 132 yards.
Key play: Tyler Lockett returned a punt 43 yards for a touchdown that gave K-State a 17-3 advantage.
Key stat: K-State finished the first half with negative rushing yards.
Key play: Skyler Howard found Kevin White for a touchdown that cut K-State’s lead to 20-10.
Key stat: Howard threw for 62 yards in relief of West Virginia starting QB Clint Trickett.
Key play: Matthew McCrane connected on a 32-yard field goal with 4:13 remaining that gave K-State a 26-17 lead.
Key stat: K-State running back DeMarcus Robinson finished the game with negative rushing yards.
Player of the game: K-State QB Jake Waters. On a night K-State’s running game was nonexistent, he came up huge.
Reason to hope: K-State won a challenging road game and still controls its own destiny in the race for a Big 12 championship.
Reason to mope: If the Wildcats can’t figure out a way to run the ball effectively, they have little hope of winning their final two games.
Looking ahead: K-State plays host to Kansas in the Sunflower Showdown at 3 p.m. Nov. 29. The Jayhawks are playing better, but the Wildcats should be big favorites in a series they have dominated under coach Bill Snyder.
| Kellis Robinett, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jake Waters and Tyler Lockett saved the day, but no one else did much of anything on offense. K-State’s lack of a running game was concerning.
K-State made enough plays to win, but West Virginia helped. Had Skyler Howard played the entire game, the Wildcats might have been in real trouble.
Matthew McCrane missed two field goals, but he also made four. Add on Lockett’s punt return for a touchdown and it was a good night on special teams.
K-State’s offense was one-dimensional and its defense often relied on West Virginia mistakes.