Key play: Jake Waters found Tyler Lockett for a 70-yard touchdown pass to make the score 14-7.
Key stat: K-State gained one first down.
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Key play: Stanton Weber was called for holding on a 91-yard kickoff return by Tyler Lockett. The penalty negated the big play.
Key stat: K-State rushed for 11 yards.
Key play: Trevone Boykin leapt over a pair of defenders to finish a 19-yard touchdown run to give TCU a 24-7 lead.
Key stat: K-State rushed for 10 yards.
Key play: Joe Hubener scored on a six-yard touchdown run.
Key stat: The attendance within the stadium dropped by at least 20,000 with TCU well in the lead.
Offense: C. Jake Waters hit Tyler Lockett for some big gains, but the Wildcats were completely one-dimensional. They did nothing in the running game.
Defense: F. TCU has one of the nation’s best offenses, but it gained yards far too easily against K-State’s defense, which looked a step slow.
Special teams: C. It would have been interesting to see how the game played out had Lockett’s kickoff return for a touchdown late in the first half stood. But a holding penalty negated it. All the big plays in this area belonged to TCU.
Coaching: F. Gary Patterson opened the game with a better strategy than Bill Snyder and made better adjustments at halftime.
Player of the game
Trevone Boykin. The TCU quarterback eclipsed 200 yards passing and 100 rushing.
Reason to hope
Bill Snyder said TCU is the best team K-State will face this season. If that’s true, trips to West Virginia and Baylor should go better than this trip to Fort Worth.
Reason to mope
This was just the beginning of a daunting closing schedule. K-State will need to bounce back if it hopes to stay in the Big 12 race with remaining games at West Virginia and Baylor.
K-State gets a week off and then travels to West Virginia for a Thursday game. The Mountaineers lost to Texas on Saturday, but they are tough at home
▪ Perhaps the lone positive for Kansas State on Saturday was the record-setting play of Tyler Lockett.
The senior receiver caught 11 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown. A good night to be sure, but what made it special was that it shot him to the top of K-State’s record book. He now leads the program in receiving yards with 3,073, passing his father, Kevin.
“I thank God for putting me in this position and giving me the opportunity to even be up there as one of the great K-State receivers,” Lockett said. “I never thought I would be in a position to even get close to my dad’s record and now look at it, I surpassed it.”
Lockett said he expected his father to congratulate him for the achievement.
“My dad says if anyone is going to break it he wants his son to break it,” Lockett said.
Lockett couldn’t truly celebrate the record, though, because K-State lost.
“It would have been a lot better had we won the game,” Lockett said. “I am all about team.”
▪ TCU coach Gary Patterson found an added bonus in beating K-State. It was the first time he has defeated his alma mater. The Wildcats were the only team in the Big 12 he had failed to beat.
“I finally got my alumni on the third try,” Patterson said. “They're a good football team, I can promise that. Kansas State is a very good football team."
▪ Bowl representatives turned out in big numbers to watch Saturday’s game. Officials from the Alamo Bowl, Florida Citrus Bowl, Russell Athletics Bowl and Texas Bowl were all in attendance. Other special guests included a NFL scout with the Tennessee Titans and “Modern Family” actor Eric Stonestreet, a K-State grad.