Wildcat report: Oklahoma 41, K-State 31

11/23/2013 5:40 PM

11/23/2013 5:40 PM

First quarter

Key play: Tyler Lockett stumbled as he tried to haul in a touchdown pass from Jake Waters, leaving K-State scoreless in the first quarter.

Key stat: Oklahoma outgained K-State 128-37.

Second quarter

Key play: Waters found Lockett for a 90-yard touchdown pass that tied the score 21-21.

Key stat: The teams combined to score 38 points.

Third quarter

Key play: Trevor Knight hit Jalen Saunders for a 48-yard gain that set up an Oklahoma field goal.

Key stat: Waters attempted three passes.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Zack Sanchez intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown to put Oklahoma ahead 41-24.

Key stat: Waters threw both of his interceptions against the wind.

Report card

Offense: B. Tyler Lockett had one of the best games in K-State history, and Jake Waters threw some nice passes with the wind. But nothing else worked. For the second straight game, the Wildcats gave up on John Hubert too early. This week, they also gave up on Daniel Sams, letting him run three times. The offensive line was outplayed.

Defense: D. K-State was ill-prepared to stop Oklahoma’s zone read. It allowed Brennan Clay to rush for 200 yards, and Trevor Knight hurt the Wildcats with both his arm and legs. Things were sure to be tough without Ty Zimmerman, but K-State’s defense shouldn’t have struggled like that.

Special teams: C. Lockett had some nice returns, but Mark Krause punted poorly into the wind at inopportune times.

Coaching: C. Give Dana Dimel credit for lining up in formations that allowed Lockett to continually find space in the first half, but the running game was atrocious. Tom Hayes made a mistake allowing K-State’s defense to play off the ball and spread out when he knew Oklahoma was going to run the ball.

Player of the game: Tyler Lockett. His 440 all-purpose yards were the fifth most in NCAA history, and he broke single-game program records in three categories.

Reason to hope: If K-State beats Kansas next week, it will clinch a winning season and stand a good chance of receiving an invitation to the Holiday Bowl.

Reason to mope: The Wildcats let an opportunity slip away Saturday. They are rarely favored to beat the Sooners, and they didn’t take advantage. The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl is now out of reach.

Looking ahead: K-State has dominated the Sunflower Showdown in recent years, and it will once again be favored next week. But the Jayhawks are capable of running the ball out of spread formations the same way the Sooners are.

Notes

• On top of breaking single-game records, Tyler Lockett joined elite company on Saturday. His big game put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. He now has 1,103 receiving yards as a junior, making him the sixth receiver in K-State history to top 1,000 yards in a season. The last player to reach 1,000 yards was Brandon Banks in 2008.
• Jack Cantele was on the sideline for Saturday’s game, but he did not play. Ian Patterson handled kickoff and field-goal duties. Snyder wouldn’t comment on Cantele’s absence, but he has been battling injuries all year.
• K-State played in front of its eighth sellout crowd at home on Saturday. Its season attendance total is 423,095, a record.
• Bob Stoops is now the winningest coach in Oklahoma history with 158 victories. He passed Barry Switzer.

Kellis Robinett

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