Key play: Jake Waters threw an interception on a poor throw that was intended for Tyler Lockett, setting up a touchdown for Massachusetts a few plays later.
Key stat: Massachusetts out-gained K-State 138-33.
Key play: Waters found an uncovered John Hubert for a 43-yard touchdown that put K-State ahead 27-7.
Key stat: K-State scored a touchdown on all three of its drives.
Key play: Waters hit Glenn Gronkowski for a 50-yard touchdown to give K-State a 34-7 lead.
Key stat: K-State picked up six first downs.
Key play: Third-string running back DeMarcus Robinson, from Wichita Northwest, gained 11 yards on the first play of K-State’s final drive.
Key stat: K-State finished with 329 rushing yards.
Offense: B+. The rushing game was much improved, and Hubert looked like his old self running for 118 yards. The passing game wasn’t what it has been. Waters missed some reads in the first half and threw an interception.
Defense: B. Britz and Daily were exceptional. The rest of the defense was so-so at best. The Wildcats improved as the game went on, but were outplayed by the Minutemen in the first quarter.
Special teams: B. Jack Cantele had an extra point blocked and K-State didn’t produce any big plays in the return game. A ho-hum game for this unit.
Coaching: B. A quicker start would have allowed the Wildcats to get more backups on the field.
Player of the game: Hubert. The senior running back had 118 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards and a touchdown. This was his best game by far.
Reason to hope: K-State’s rushing attack finally looked like what we all expected. Hubert, Waters and Daniel Sams were all sharp on the ground. If that continues, K-State’s offense will only get better.
Reason to mope: Waters has thrown an interception in all three of his games and has five on the season.
Looking ahead: K-State has beaten Texas five straight times heading into next Saturday night’s meeting in Austin. Both teams need a win next week to jump-start their Big 12 championship hopes and move on from a nonconference loss.
Eyes on Texas — Mississippi handed Texas its second straight lopsided loss on Saturday. Things are going poorly in Austin, and Longhorns coach Mack Brown is hearing boos at home games.
K-State has beaten Texas five straight times, and enters next week’s game on more solid footing. But Bill Snyder expects a tough game.
“I understand they are going through some difficult times, but don’t dare underestimate the University of Texas,” Snyder said. “They will be a handful for anybody. They have good people.”
Big day for backups — Backup running backs Robert Rose and DeMarcus Robinson, a Wichita Northwest alum, had memorable plays on Saturday.
Rose scored his first touchdown on a 26-yard scamper in the first half. Robinson saw his first carries of the season totaling 21 yards on three carries.
“I was very happy for DeMarcus,” Rose said. “He has worked hard in practice and that showed on the field.”
More strong showings — Freshman fullback Glenn Gronkowski caught his first touchdown pass in a K-State uniform when Waters hit him for a 50-yard score in the second half.... Daily made two interceptions and returned one for the opening touchdown. Britz blocked a field-goal attempt and knocked down a pass on a third-down play.