Key play: Randall Evans made an interception in the end zone, preventing Baylor from scoring three touchdowns in the opening quarter.
Key stat: Baylor outgained K-State 247-75.
Key play: Zach Trujillo caught a 36-yard touchdown pass that helped pull K-State within 21-14.
Key stat: K-State gained 100 yards.
Key play: Bryce Petty hit Antwan Goodley for a 58-yard touchdown pass that helped put Baylor ahead 31-17.
Key stat: Baylor threw for 119 yards.
Key play: Xavien Howard intercepted a Jake Waters pass, clinching the victory for Baylor.
Key stat: Waters threw his only interception.
Player of the game: Bryce Petty. A week after suffering a concussion he looked in top form.
Reason to hope: The only three teams K-State lost to this year were ranked in the top 10 at the time they played. The Wildcats are without a doubt one of the nation’s top 15 teams.
Reason to mope: Bill Snyder has never won a game in which both K-State and its opponent were ranked in the top 10.
Looking ahead: K-State fans can start packing their bags for the Alamo Bowl, where the Wildcats will face a Pac-12 opponent, possibly Arizona, Arizona State or UCLA. K-State is a near lock to receive an invitation to the San Antonio bowl with Baylor and TCU heading to college football’s playoff or a playoff-affiliated bowl.
Kellis Robinett, firstname.lastname@example.org
K-State was smart to stick with its running game even as it fell behind, but it should have taken at least some shots down field against a Baylor defense that surrendered big play after big play to Texas Tech.
The Wildcats came up with some big plays, but for the most part got shredded by the Bears’ passing attack.
K-State couldn’t spring a long return, but Matthew McCrane was perfect on field goals.
The better team won. You can’t blame the game plan.