The Kansas State Wildcats (3-4, 1-3) got back on track against the West Virginia Mountaineers (3-5, 1-4) Saturday afternoon with a solid 35-12 win.
It was the first conference win for Kansas State this season after winning the Big 12 a year ago. The Wildcats started off this year’s conference play with tough losses to Texas, Oklahoma State, and Baylor.
Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly for the Wildcats in there victory over West Virginia.
QUARTERBACK PLAY: This was the best game of the season for the two-headed monster that is the Kansas State quarterback position. Daniel Sams went a perfect 8 for 8 for 93 yards through the air, with a touchdown, plus added 16 yards rushing.
Jake Waters completed 10 of his 13 passes for 198 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Waters also had 55 yards on the ground. Combined, the two quarterbacks connected on 18 of their 21 attempts (86%) for 291 yards, and a sparkling 13.9 average yard per pass attempt. The 71 rushing yards was just gravy.
RETURN OF THE WIDE RECEIVERS: It certainly helped the cause that wide receivers Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson both returned to the line up for this game. Lockett caught 8 balls for 111 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Thompson added 3 receptions for 53 yards, and a score.
Throw in Curry Sexton and his 6 catches for 112 yards, and the Wildcats suddenly have some weapons in the passing game.
THE LAST FOUR DRIVES: Kansas State finally woke up about 5 minutes into the second half. From that point on, they controlled the ball and the scoreboard, scoring 4 touchdowns in their last four possessions of the game. Of the last 25 and half minutes of the game, the Wildcats had the ball for over 19 of those minutes. That was impressive.