Kansas State University

Game report: No. 11 Kansas State 23, Texas 0

First quarter

Key play: Jake Waters rushed 12 yards for a first down on the first play of K-State’s second series, easing doubts that he was feeling lingering injury effects from last week.

Key stat: DeMarcus Robinson rushed for 49 yards in seven carries.

Second quarter

Key play: Waters hit Curry Sexton for a 24-yard completion on third-and-long that sparked a touchdown drive.

Key stat: K-State passed for 63 yards.

Third quarter

Key play: Jaxon Shipley lost a fumble on an attempted reverse at midfield.

Key stat: K-State committed its first three penalties of the game.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Jonathan Truman and Dante Barnett stuffed Johnathan Gray on fourth and short, helping preserve the shutout.

Key stat: Joe Hubener rushed for 46 yards in his lone series at quarterback.

Player of the game: K-State safety Dante Barnett, who made seven tackles and broke up four passes.

Reason to hope: K-State’s defense overpowered a Texas offense that was starting to click.

Reason to mope: The Wildcats have struggled to score touchdowns in the red zone all year, and that didn’t change against the Longhorns.

Looking ahead: K-State plays host to Oklahoma State next week in a game the Wildcats should be favored to win somewhat easily. The Cowboys haven’t looked good since they won at Kansas.

Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

Report card

B

Offense

Give the Wildcats credit for keeping the ball away from Texas, maintaining possession for 39 minutes, 14 seconds; but it was far from a flawless day.

A+

Defense

K-State held the Longhorns under 200 yards, stopping them every time they threatened to score. What more can you ask?

A+

Special

teams

Matthew McCrane connecting on all three of his field-goal attempts was an important part of the game.

B

Coaching

K-State’s defensive coaches deserve accolades for a noticeable turnaround from the Oklahoma game, but the offensive staff’s play-calling was off every time the Wildcats reached the red zone.

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