Kansas State University

Wildcat report: Oklahoma State 33, K-State 29

First Quarter

Key Play: Daniel Sams hit Glenn Gronkowski for a 67-yard touchdown pass for the first score of the game.

Key Stat: K-State possessed the ball for 9 minutes, 28 seconds.

Second Quarter

Key Play: Travis Britz blocked a kick and Kip Daily returned it 65 yards for a touchdown to give K-State a 14-10 lead.

Key Stat: By the end of the first half, K-State had committed 10 penalties for 82 yards.

Third Quarter

Key Play: Torell Miller caught a 17-yard touchdown pass to put K-State ahead 21-17.

Key Stat: Oklahoma State scored six points while gaining 15 yards.

Fourth Quarter

Key Play: Daniel Sams threw an interception on the first play of a drive with K-State trailing 30-29.

Key Stat: K-State ended its final two drives with interceptions.

Report card

Offense C: There were times the offense looked great behind Daniel Sams, especially considering Tramaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett weren’t on the field. But penalties and turnovers negated most of those positives.

Defense A: The defense did its part and more. Oklahoma State continually benefited from outstanding field position, and K-State held tough to force field goals and punts. The Wildcats could have better defended a flea-flicker in the first half and looked soft on Oklahoma State’s go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, but no defense can hold the Cowboys down all day.

Special teams B: Travis Britz is developing quite a talent for blocking kicks, and when Kip Daily scooped up his block and ran it in for a touchdown it looked like K-State had the momentum it needed to win. The return game left a lot to be desired, though that was expected without Lockett or Thompson.

Coaching D: K-State coaches can’t settle on a quarterback, and they continue to swap Waters and Sams in and out at strange times. Play-calling also seemed suspect at key times Saturday.

Player of the game: Shaun Lewis. The Oklahoma State defender had eight tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Reason to hope: K-State made more mistakes than it has in years and was still in position to beat a ranked team on the road late.

Reason to mope: At 2-3, with high-flying Baylor up next, it might be a while before K-State gets back to .500 – even with five home games remaining.

Looking ahead: Baylor looks like an offensive juggernaut. Can K-State’s defense slow it down next week at Snyder Family Stadium?

Kellis Robinett