Kansas State University

Game report: No. 14 Kansas State 31, No. 11 Oklahoma 30

Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters looked for running room against the Sooners.
Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters looked for running room against the Sooners. The Associated Press

First Quarter

Key play: Sooners quarterback Alex Ross broke free for a 42-yard run moments after starting quarterback Trevor Knight left the game because of an injury, setting up a touchdown.

Key stat: Oklahoma held the ball for 9 minutes, 51 seconds.

Second Quarter

Key play: Danzel McDaniel jumped a swing pass and returned the interception 5 yards for a touchdown that gave K-State a 14-7 lead.

Key stat: K-State rushed for 9 yards.

Third Quarter

Key play: Morgan Burns intercepted a pass in the end zone, breaking up an Oklahoma trick play and keeping K-State ahead 31-24.

Key stat: The Wildcats rushed for 97 yards.

Fourth Quarter

Key play: Michael Hunnicutt missed a 19-yard field goal with less than 4 minutes remaining that would have given Oklahoma the lead.

Key stat: Kansas State had possession of the ball for the final 3:53.

Player of the game: Cornerback Danzel McDaniel had a whale of a game defending his side, returning an interception for a touchdown and making eight solo tackles.

Reason to hope: K-State is the only Big 12 team without a conference loss. It is a legitimate contender in the league championship race.

Reason to mope: The Wildcats’ secondary was ill-prepared to defend Oklahoma’s passing attack without injured safety Travis Green. Trevor Knight entered the day completing 55 percent of his passes. On Saturday, he was 26 for 32.

Looking ahead: Texas visits K-State next Saturday. The Longhorns will pose a stiff test on defense, but their offense has struggled mightily.

Report card

B+

Offense

Jake Waters had a nice day, and K-State found success running the ball in the second half, finishing with 160 yards on the ground.

C

Defense

K-State’s secondary was no match for Trevor Knight and Sterling Shepard, and Oklahoma amassed 533 yards of offense. Two interceptions saved the day.

A+

Special

teams

Nick Walsh pinned Oklahoma deep on punts throughout the afternoon, and Travis Britz blocked a key extra point.

B

Coaching

The coaching staff called a solid game on offense, continually putting the Wildcats in position to succeed. On defense, the staff lacked answers.

| Kellis Robinett

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