Oct 5, 2013; Stillwater, OK, USA; Kansas State Wildcats wide receiver Curry Sexton (14) is tackled by Oklahoma State Cowboys safety Lyndell Johnson (27) and Oklahoma State Cowboys safety Shamiel Gary (7) during the second quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports

The Postgame: K-State Mistakes Lead to 0-2 Start in the Big 12


VITALS

Score: Oklahoma State 33, K-State 29

It was over when: Daniel Sams threw his third interception with less than a minute remaining to give the Cowboys the win.

Player of the Game: Sams. He was 15-21, 181 yards, 2 TD passing, and had 118 yards rushing with a touchdown.

Fun Stat: K-State is 0-2 in Big 12 play for the first time since 2004.

RECOVERY PUPPIES

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THREE POSITIVES

1. Daniel Sams

K-State doesn’t have a chance in this game without Sams play. He accounted for 299 of the Wildcats 336 total yards. A lot will be said about his four turnovers, but at least two of those were not on him. How will Snyder interpret it?

2. Blocked Field Goal

3. Defense

Aside from a brutal touchdown drive after K-State took the lead, the Wildcats defense looked very solid against a strong offensive team. They allowed only 330 yards – six less than what KSU produced – held OSU to 4-14 on third downs.

THREE WORRIES

1. Turnovers

It is hard to win when you turn the ball over five times. In the end, that was the difference in the game.

2. Coaching

John Hubert had only seven carries. Jake Waters was brought in cold off the bench for several key plays. Special teams discipline was a nightmare.

And then there were the penalties…

While somethings looked cleaner, it was clear that many of the problems K-State had going into the bye week are still prevalent with the Wildcats. That falls on coaching. However, the talent level of this team has to be a concern, especially depth.

3. Bowl Game

Kansas State is now 2-3 with tough games against Oklahoma, Baylor, and Texas Tech still left. The margin for error is very slim for this team in terms of the postseason.

UP NEXT

The Wildcats host Baylor for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff. That’ll be on FOX.

“STEAL MY SUNSHINE” BY LEN


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  • Bruce Barrett

    KU is the only gimme left. We can easily finish with only 3 wins. We’ll have to look much better to beat ISU and WVU.