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Kansas State football report

First quarter Key play:

Jake Waters found Zach Trujillo for a 35-yard touchdown catch-and-run for the first touchdown of the game.

Key stat:

Kansas State out-gained Kansas 120-29.

Second quarter Key play:

Waters found Glenn Gronkowski across the middle for a 29-yard touchdown pass that gave K-State a 21-0 lead.

Key stat:

Kansas outgained K-State 106-62.

Third quarter Key play:

Dante Barnett intercepted a deflected pass off the hands of Jimmay Mundine and set K-State up with good field position.

Key stat:

K-State forced two turnovers.

Fourth quarter Key play:

Barnett grabbed his second interception, near the end zone at the start of the quarter.

Key stat:

Both teams combined for three points.

Player of the game:

John Hubert. The senior running back kept his spirits up during two down weeks and gashed Kansas for 220 yards and a touchdown,

Reason to hope:

K-State will finish the season with a winning record and play in a respectable bowl game. How likely did that combination seem at 2-4?

Reason to mope:

K-State struggled at times during each of its last three games. It will need to play considerably better to win its bowl game, especially if the Wildcats end up in the Holiday Bowl, where they would meet a Pac-12 power such as Arizona State, Southern California, Stanford or Oregon.

Looking ahead:

San Diego will be a fun trip for K-State fans, but a daunting task for K-State players. A bump up to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl and a potential Big Ten opponent might be more conducive for a postseason victory.

| Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com K-State report card
B OffenseIt was nice to see K-State give John Hubert a heavy workload. His 220 rushing yards helped K-State keep the ball away from Kansas in the second half. But the passing game left a bit to be desired. Tramaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett were both quiet. Daniel Sams was also underutilized.
A+ DefenseKansas gained 223 yards and committed six turnovers. K-State’s defense dominated this game.
F Special teamsThis was the worst effort of the year from this unit. Thompson foolishly caught a punt inside K-State’s 5, Zach Nemecheck fumbled a kick return and Ian Patterson missed a field goal.
B CoachingSomething seemed off about K-State’s offense after it took a 21-0 lead. Other than Hubert, the Wildcats didn’t produce much. They also looked undisciplined. At one point penalties forced it to face a first-and-42.