Score: K-State 35, Mountaineers 12
Player of the Game: Tyler Lockett: 8 catches, 111 yards, 3 touchdowns.
Fact of Relief: A student was injured during the Willie the Wildcat skit during the pregame activities. He was taken off in an ambulance. The KSU confirmed the student has been cleared and is doing well.
1. Tyler Lockett
Lockett had the play of the game: a nine yard touchdown reception in the back of the end zone on third down. The ball was poorly thrown, but Lockett made a leaping grab and managed to stay in-bounds for the touchdown. This was the momentum turner for the Wildcats as it gave them the lead with two minutes left in the third quarter. Until then the offense was not doing much of anything. K-State cruised from there.
2. Downfield Passing
K-State was 18-for-21 passing for the game for 291 yards, had four touchdowns, and averaged 13.9 yards per attempt. Two of those touchdowns were for 30 yards or more, and another was for 24 yards. K-State’s ability to attack downfield was their biggest strength in the game.
They gave up 367 yards, but were strong in the red zone and forced three turnovers.
TWEET OF THE GAME
These #KState quarterbacks can be so special … when they’re not being tragically bad.
— Tim Fitzgerald (@LifeofFitz) October 26, 2013
1. Run Game Philosophy
John Hubert had just 19 carries on a day where he’s looked the best he has all season. K-State didn’t run the option with Daniel Sams but ran it frequently with Jake Waters. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to get the running game up to full speed.
Two more lost fumbles for K-State, one from each quarterback.
3. Quarterback Inconsistency
It is not just all about the play-calling. Neither Daniel Sams or Jake Waters have shown the level of consistency needed to earn the job outright. There are arguments to be made for why neither has been inconsistent, many of which begin with coaching. But coaching isn’t why Waters continues to fumble or Sams continue to make poor decisions. At some point one of them has to take the bull by the horns.