Key play: Jake Waters found Tyler Lockett for a 74-yard touchdown pass to give K-State a 14-0 lead.
Key stat: TCU held the ball for 11 minutes, 2 seconds.
Key play: B.J. Catalon made Dante Barnett look bad on a 15-yard touchdown run around the left side to make the score 14-7.
Key stat: K-State gained 64 yards on offense.
Key play: Waters found Tramaine Thompson for a 79-yard touchdown pass that gave K-State a 24-21 laed.
Key stat: John Hubert carried the ball one time for 14 yards.
Key play: Jack Cantele connected on a 41-yard field goal to win the game.
Key stat: Cantele made both of his field-goal attempts.
Offense B+: Tyler Lockett topped 100 yards against the top cornerback in the Big 12. Tramaine Thompson caught a 79-yard touchdown pass. Jake Waters threw for 234 yards and Daniel Sams ran for 109 yards. It was a good all-around day of offense, but the Wildcats gave up on John Hubert too early. He only got six touches.
Defense B: TCU hadn’t scored 30 points against a Big 12 opponent all season, so K-State had some defensive lapses. But it did enough to win without Ty Zimmerman and held TCU to 350 total yards.
Special teams A+: Jack Cantele made all four of his field-goal attempts and won the game with a 41-yarder. Throw in some solid returns from Tramaine Thompson and it was good day from special teams.
Coaching B: Poor clock management prevented K-State from a potential touchdown at the end of the first half, and the Wildcats seemed ill-prepared to defend Casey Pachall. But Snyder’s staff has finally taught their team how to win close games. That is the most important thing.
Player of the game: Jack Cantele. He scored 12 points and won the game with a pressure-filled kick from 41 yards.
Reason to hope: The Wildcats are bowl eligible with two games remaining. With a trip to the postseason assured, they can play loose and try to earn as good a bowl bid as possible.
Reason to mope: If Ty Zimmerman is unable to play against Oklahoma, K-State’s defense will struggle to replace him. Remember what happened last year when the Wildcats had to play without him against Baylor?
Looking ahead: Oklahoma beat Iowa State on Saturday, but it trailed for most of the first half. The Sooners have been up and down this season. At Snyder Family Stadium, it should be a close game.
A rare penalty helped Kansas State keep a fourth-quarter drive alive. The penalty was assessed to TCU during a punt. The Horned Frogs accidentally put two players on the field who were wearing the No. 2.
The punt came on a fourth and six from the TCU 39. After the five-yard penalty was assessed, K-State decided to go for the first down and picked it up on a run from Daniel Sams. The Wildcats went on to score a field goal that gave them a 30-28 lead.
TCU coach Gary Patterson took blame for the mistake, saying he used quarterback/receiver Trevone Boykin in a special return role and didn’t realize he had a duplicate number.
“That is a mistake that cannot be blamed on anyone but me,” Patterson said.
K-State coach Bill Snyder said the Wildcats have a system in place to prevent duplicate numbers. But he though the play was unfortunate.
“Whoever made the mistake, I feel awfully bad for them,” Snyder said. “How did it impact the game? I do not know. It seemingly had a major impact.”
• TCU is no longer eligible for the postseason, but Patterson is hopeful the Horned Frogs will finish the season strong anyway.
“There is a lot of fight at TCU,” he said. “We just got to find a way to win them instead of lose them.”
• Tramaine Thompson’s 79-yard touchdown catch was the longest pass play by K-State since 2005.
• K-State is bowl eligible for the fourth straight year.