A look back at Kansas State's most dominant game of the season

11/11/2013 10:45 AM

11/11/2013 10:45 AM

THREE THOUGHTS

1. Kansas State could finish the regular season on a six-game winning streak.
After a 2-4 start even the most optimistic of K-State fans couldn’t envision the Wildcats ending with anything better than a 7-5 record, but after three straight blowout victories an 8-4 finish is now on the table. K-State will be favored against TCU and Kansas and it might be favored against Oklahoma. Bill Snyder’s team looked flat-out impressive on Saturday, pummeling a ranked team on the road in front of more than 54,000 fans. It won’t be easy, but if the Wildcats keep executing the way they recently have there is no reason why they can’t win their final three games and head into the postseason the same way Baylor did last year.

2. John Hubert is a new man.
Remember the running back that couldn’t run for 50 yards on consistent basis earlier this season? Well, forget about him. Hubert is an entirely different runner now. That much was obvious from the get-go on Saturday, when he cut left and burst through a big hole for a 63-yard touchdown on K-State’s opening drive. He made the correct read and outran everyone to the end zone. It wasn’t the longest run of his career, but it might have been his best. Hubert’s confidence is higher than it has ever been, and when he runs with passion K-State’s offense benefits. The Wildcats were too predictable when they asked Daniel Sams to be a workhorse runner. Now that Hubert is gashing defenses, Sams and even Jake Waters are finding it easy to rush for 40-plus yards. K-State finished with 291 rushing yards against Texas Tech. Hubert, along with a resurgent offensive line, was a big reason why.

3. Ryan Mueller might be the best story of the season.
Mueller won Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after his big game against Iowa State. He might win the honor again after coming up with three sacks against Texas Tech. The defensive end is in the middle of a sensational year few saw coming. Remember, this is a former walk-on who used to do landscape jobs to pay his way through college. The way he is playing, you would think he was a former four-star recruit.

WORTH NOTING
– Ty Zimmerman twice had to leave the game on Saturday with injuries, but he still managed to make five tackles and return an interception 43 yards for a touchdown. He is now up to 67 tackles and three picks on the year. He is on his way to another standout season. Pain is overrated, apparently.

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