Kansas State University

Wildcat report

First quarter

Key Play: Randy Bullock missed a 50-yard field goal to keep the game scoreless in the first quarter.

Key Stat: Two, the number of first downs for K-State.

Second quarter

Key Play: Collin Klein eluded a sack, spun to his right and found Travis Tannahill for a 34-yard gain just before halftime to set up a game-tying touchdown run.

Key Stat: Each team scored 14 straight points in this quarter.

Third quarter

Key Play: Uzoma Nwachukwu intercepted a pass and returned it 57 yards to set Texas A&M for an easy touchdown run.

Key Stat: Texas A&M rushed for 122 yards compared to 71 for K-State.

Fourth quarter

Key Play: Collin Klein hit Chris Harper for a 53-yard touchdown pass to pull K-State within 31-28.

Key Stat: One, the number of penalties K-State committed at the end of regulation.

Report card

Offense: B. The Wildcats continue to start games slowly. They gained just 21 yards in the first quarter, and didn't really get going until the fourth quarter when the game was on the line. Three turnovers were also not ideal. But K-State continues to find ways to run with Klein, and for the first time looked strong in the passing game late.

Defense: B. If not for Matthew Pearson running down Cyrus Gray on a 63-yard rush in the fourth quarter, Texas A&M would have gone up by two touchdowns late. If not for key tackles from Allen Chapman and Emmanuel Lamur, K-State wouldn't have held on for victory. Though the final numbers don't look great, the Wildcats made big plays on defense.

Special Teams: A. Anthony Cantele made a pressure-packed 44 yard field goal to sent the game to overtime, and made all of his kicks in overtime to extend the game until K-State could win. The return game was somewhat flat without Tyler Lockett, but Tramaine Thompson still made an important 40-yard return.

Coaching: B+. K-State is a team that never seems to doubt itself, and is confident it can make key plays when the game is on the line. The Wildcats' coaches deserve props for that.

Player of the game

Collin Klein. One of the first things Snyder said about his quarterback Saturday night was that he was dealing with more injuries than "anyone could possibly imagine," and yet he had a career day.

Reason to hope

K-State is done playing teams that like to air out the ball in the passing game. Texas and Iowa State run the ball as much as any other team in the Big 12. The Wildcats' strong run defense will be up for the challenges.

Reason to mope

Without Tyler Lockett in the lineup, K-State will have to play the rest of the season without one of its top playmakers.

Next up

K-State heads to Texas for a game that will have important bowl implications. With a win, the Wildcats will be in prime position to earn the Big 12's third bowl invite.


"That was the longest game I have ever played."

-- Tramaine Thompson


* K-State announced before kickoff Saturday that freshman wide receiver Tyler Lockett will miss the remainder of the season with a lacerated kidney. His absence will be significant. Lockett caught 18 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns on top of returning two kickoffs for touchdowns before suffering the injury on an awkward hit last week at Oklahoma State. His father, Kevin, said Lockett was upbeat despite the injury and that his recovery process is going well. He said he should be healthy enough to rejoin the team in time for spring practices.

* Several defensive players left Saturday's game with bumps and bruises. Tysyn Hartman missed most of the second half with a leg injury, and Arthur Brown, Emmanuel Lamur and Raphael Guidry were slow to get up after plays.

* Collin Klein set a single season record by rushing for his 24th touchdown of the season. He has 30 career touchdowns on the ground, which is tied for fourth in school history.

* K-State's eight wins are the most since the Wildcats won 11 games in 2003.