Key play: Brett Hundley scored on a 28-yard keeper on fourth and 3, putting UCLA ahead 17-0.
Key stat: UCLA outgained K-State 218-38 in total yards.
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Key play: Myles Jack intercepted a pass from Jake Waters while K-State was attempting to rally from a 17-6 deficit. UCLA scored on the ensuing drive for a 24-6 lead.
Key stat: Waters threw an interception and lost a fumble, while UCLA did not turn the ball over.
Key play: Ryan Mueller forced a fumble, and Dakorey Johnson recovered it, setting up K-State with field position that it turned into a touchdown to make the score 31-21.
Key stat: K-State possessed the ball for 12:49.
Key Play: Paul Perkins broke free for a 67-yard touchdown for UCLA, putting K-State’s comeback hopes all but out of reach.
Key stat: UCLA scored its only touchdown of the second half.
Player of the game: UCLA running back Paul Perkins did in K-State with long runs. He finished with 194 yards in 20 carries.
Reason to hope: K-State won nine games and will likely finish the season ranked in the top 20.
Reason to mope: Jake Waters, Tyler Lockett, Curry Sexton, B.J. Finney, Ryan Mueller and Jonathan Truman are all done with their eligibility. That is a tough senior group to replace.
Looking ahead: K-State will head into the offseason searching for new starters at several positions, but the expectations won’t change. The Wildcats will once again say their goal is winning a Big 12 championship.
The final numbers, especially passing, look good. But two turnovers and a dropped touchdown pass in the first half hurt the Wildcats. So did a nonexistent running game.
UCLA gashed K-State in the running game and picked up first downs in difficult situations far too often. An improved second half doesn’t change that.
Matthew McCrane made field goals from long range, and Tyler Lockett had several quality returns.
Bill Snyder deserves credit for convincing his team a second-half rally was within reach, but UCLA started the game with a much better strategy.
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