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Wildcat report Wildcat report (Dec. 1)

  • Published Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at 11:23 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, August 25, 2013, at 9:02 a.m.

First quarter

Key play: Nigel Malone dropped the ball short of the end zone on an interception return, but K-State was allowed to retain the ball at the 1 and scored on the next play.

Key stat: Chris Harper caught three passes for 59 yards.

Second quarter

Key play: Daje Johnson caught a 70-yard pass to set up a Texas field goal.

Key stat: Case McCoy threw for 149 yards.

Third quarter

Key play: John Hubert scored on a three-yard run that put K-State ahead 21-17.

Key stat: K-State gained 142 yards of offense.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Collin Klein hit Tyler Lockett for a 55-yard touchdown pass that allowed K-State to begin pulling away.

Key stat: K-State scored 28 straight points after a 17-14 deficit.

Report card

Offense: B. Klein started to look like his old self in the second half, Hubert provided some nice runs out of the backfield and Harper and Lockett opened things up in the passing game. But the Wildcats still aren’t clicking like they were early in the season.

Defense: B. Texas used its speed on the perimeter to hurt K-State throughout the game. Still, Nigel Malone had an impressive interception early and K-State made some key stops in the second half.

Special teams: B. Texas pinned K-State in front of its own end zone with a punt, and the Wildcats didn’t always have success returning the ball.

Coaching: B. The Wildcats did enough to win, but it wasn’t easy. Texas surprised K-State with diverse play calling on offense, and made it hard for Klein to run the ball at times.

Player of the game

Hubert scored two touchdowns and gave K-State’s running game life with double-digit gains when he was in the backfield.

Reason to hope

K-State will get Big 12 championship shirts, rings and hats for this victory. It will also go to the Fiesta Bowl. Both are great accomplishments for a program that has gone without them since 2003.

Reason to mope

Collin Klein might not have done enough against Texas to win the Heisman Trophy.

Notes

Saying goodbye — Saturday’s game served as the final time the Dev Nelson Press Box will be used. The structure, which stands five stories high and was constructed in 1993, will be torn down in the offseason to make way for a $75 million renovation. The new press box is currently under construction around the Dev Nelson Press Box and is scheduled to be completed in time for the start of next season. It will stretch from end zone to end zone and offer more suites and club-level seats.

At the game — Two representatives from the Fiesta Bowl, one from the Cotton Bowl and one from the Alamo Bowl were at the game. So was Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby.

— Kellis Robinett

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