Key play: David Ash hit Kendall Sanders for a 63-yard touchdown pass to put Texas up 10-0 late in the first quarter.
Key stat: Texas was 4 of 6 on third-down conversions.
Key play: John Hubert scored on a 15-yard run to pull K-State within 17-7 with 1:01 remaining in the first half.
Key stat: Tyler Lockett caught five passes for 111 yards.
Key play: Hubert lost a fumble at midfield that swung the game in the Longhorns’ favor.
Key stat: Johnathan Gray topped 100 rushing yards early in the third quarter.
Key play: Lockett’s circus catch of a Waters pass at the 1-yard line set up Waters’ sneak, getting K-State within 10.
Key stat: Lockett set a K-State record with 237 receiving yards.
Offense: D. K-State failed to gain big yardage against Texas the way BYU and Mississippi did in past weeks. The Wildcats didn’t seem committed to any particular strategy. Daniel Sams ran the ball well early, but wasn’t allowed to throw the ball and the offense became predictable. Jake Waters had success throwing to Lockett as the full-time quarterback in the final three quarters, but the offensive line didn’t block well enough to establish a running attack. Penalties and turnovers also hurt.
Defense: F. The Wildcats once again struggled to get off the field on third and fourth downs and looked bad against the run. With David Ash out in the second half, it was obvious Texas was going to run the ball. K-State simply couldn’t stop Gray and Malcolm Brown.
Special teams: C. Jack Cantele uncharacteristically kicked the ball out of bounds in the first half, and K-State gave up decent return yardage. It was a sub-par outing.
Coaching: D. K-State looked ill-prepared on defense and indecisive on offense. Other teams have held Texas scoreless for quarters at a time and run for huge yardage against it. The Wildcats could do neither.
Player of the game: Gray ran all over the Wildcats. For K-State, Lockett was a record setter, breaking Jordy Nelson’s seven-year-old receiving yards record, and kept the Wildcats within striking distance late.
Reason to hope: K-State only has three more road games this season.
Reason to mope: The Wildcats didn’t look in the same class as the Longhorns. That is shocking considering how poorly Texas has played, and a sign of how difficult road games in the Big 12 may be this season.
Looking ahead: K-State gets a week off before traveling to Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are undefeated. That could be the most difficult game on the schedule.