Key play: Jake Waters found Tyler Lockett for a 35-yard touchdown pass to give Kansas State a 7-0 lead.
Key stat: John Hubert rushed for 35 yards.
Key play: K-State stopped a fake field goal near the end of the half to keep West Virginia at nine points.
Key stat: Daniel Sams didn’t record a stat.
Key play: Sams found Lockett in the back of the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown.
Key stat: K-State held West Virginia to three first downs.
Key play: Waters found Thompson for a 30-yard touchdown to put K-State on top 21-12.
Key stat: K-State scored all 21 points in the fourth quarter.
Offense B+: The first half drags down the final grade, but there was nothing to complain about in the second half. K-State’s quarterbacks threw four touchdowns compared to three incomplete passes, and John Hubert got going on the ground, too. It’s obvious the offense is better with Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson back.
Defense A: Ryan Mueller played another excellent game and the secondary, particularly Randall Evans, looked much improved over the last game. The defense kept K-State in it early.
Special teams B+: The return game was better with Lockett and Thompson back, and Mark Krause did a fine job punting. But K-State didn’t do anything exceptional here.
Coaching A: K-State’s defense played its finest game of the season and the offense looked balanced for the first time all month. Bill Snyder and his staff used the bye week to their advantage.
Player of the game: Tyler Lockett. He caught three touchdown passes, and his nine-yard score in the third quarter was the play of the game.
Reason to hope: K-State is back at full strength and the remaining schedule is soft. A bowl game, and maybe even seven victories, appear within reach.
Reason to mope: The Wildcats punted five times and lost two fumbles. Those mistakes will cost them against better competition.
Looking ahead: Iowa State comes to K-State in a week. The Cyclones have fallen on hard times this season, and the Wildcats will be favored.
Kansas State might have seen one of its pregame traditions come to an end Saturday.
The tradition, a skit that features the Wildcats’ mascot sprinting to midfield and tackling a student dressed in the opposing team’s colors, went horribly wrong when the person who took the tackle needed medical attention afterward.
He stayed down on the field for several minutes and appeared to suffer from seizure-like conditions before walking off the field with help. He was placed in an ambulance and taken to the hospital.
K-State officials said he was released from the hospital and in good condition, but the incident put a scare into everyone in attendance, including Bill Snyder, who wished the student well after the game.