Wildcat report (Nov. 17)

11/18/2012 12:27 AM

01/01/2013 6:05 PM

First quarter

Key play: Nick Florence hit Tevin Reese for a 38-yard touchdown pass against freshman defensive back Dante Barnett, who was playing in place of injured starter Ty Zimmerman.

Key stat: Baylor gained 159 yards.

Second quarter

Key play: Chris Harper caught a seven-yard touchdown pass to pull K-State within 28-14.

Key stat: Baylor led by 21 points.

Third quarter

Key play: Lache Seastrunk scored on an 80-yard run that put Baylor ahead 52-24.

Key stat: Baylor rushed for 121 yards.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Collin Klein was stuffed on fourth-and-one trying to score a touchdown.

Key stat: Baylor gained more than 500 yards by the end.

Report card

Offense: D. K-State abandoned the run too quickly, and Collin Klein threw three interceptions. Other than a few nice runs early, and some good throws to Chris Harper, the Wildcats were off their normal game.

Defense: F. Baylor ran the ball successfully and threw for big yardage, too. K-State’s injured defense couldn’t stop the Bears.

Special teams: B. Ryan Doerr had an excellent punt that pinned Baylor at its own one and Anthony Cantele made a field goal, but Baylor was better in this area.

Coaching: D. K-State players never gave up, but the Wildcats never made the sort of second-half adjustments that have helped them win so many games this season.

Player of the game

Lache Seastrunk. He ran for 185 yards and scored a long touchdown to clinch the game.

Reason to hope

K-State can still clinch a share of the Big 12 championship, and advance to a BCS bowl, with a win over Texas.

Reason to mope

The Wildcats’ dreams of a national championship are likely over.

Looking ahead

Texas comes to Manhattan in two weeks for an important game.

Zimmerman out

Ty Zimmerman was healthy enough to make the trip to Baylor for the game Saturday, but was too injured to play. The junior safety wore a boot on his left foot and used crutches as he watched from the sidelines. Zimmerman, who led K-State’s secondary with five interceptions in K-State’s first 10 games, was injured late against TCU. Receiver Curry Sexton was also injured against the Horned Frogs and didn’t play on Saturday. He was last seen with his arm in a sling and did not make the trip.

•  Special guests in attendance included two Orange Bowl representatives and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby.

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