Key play: K-State’s Morgan Burns returned a kickoff 86 yards and tied the game at 7-7.
Key stat: The Cowboys’ Tyreek Hill piled up 124 yards of all-purpose offense.
Key play: Jake Waters threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Curry Sexton, giving K-State a 21-7 lead.
Key stat: Oklahoma State managed just four first downs.
Key play: Tyler Lockett caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Waters for a 28-7 lead.
Key stat: Oklahoma State gained only 20 yards.
Key play: Joe Hubener connected with Sexton on a 64-yard pass.
Key stat: Oklahoma State’s only touchdown came on defense.
Player of the game: Harrisonville’s Travis Britz burst past the line of scrimmage and made a play every time Oklahoma State threatened to get something going.
Reason to hope: K-State’s defense has allowed seven points in its last eight quarters.
Reason to mope: TCU, K-State’s next opponent, has one of the nation’s most explosive offenses.
Looking ahead: K-State travels to TCU next week for what could be the game of the year in the Big 12. The Wildcats are on top of the Big 12 standings without any conference losses, but the Horned Frogs are ranked higher in the polls and are coming off a victory at West Virginia.
Curry Sexton and Tyler Lockett made impressive catches and had big games, but the rest of the offense was only so-so.
Take away the opening drive and K-State did everything right. Travis Britz was unstoppable on the defensive line
The Wildcats didn’t allow Tyreek Hill to break free for any big gains and made plenty of big plays of their own. Morgan Burns had a kickoff return for a touchdown, and Matthew McCrane was perfect on field goals.
It could have been easy for K-State to look ahead to more challenging games against TCU, West Virginia and Baylor, but the Wildcats didn’t.