The Postgame: Kansas State Wins in Close Game vs TCU

Kansas State Wildcats wide receiver Tramaine Thompson (86) runs the ball on a punt return against the TCU Horned Frogs during the second half at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wildcats defeat the Horned Frogs 33-31. (Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports)

THE VITALS

SCORE: Kansas State Wildcats 33, TCU Horned Frogs 31

THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN: With only three seconds left, K-State’s Jack Cantele kicked a 41-yard field goal to put the Wildcats in the lead. It was Cantele’s fourth field goal of the day.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Quarterback Daniel Sams collected 109 yards on the ground and one touchdown. The touchdown put the first points on the board and helped K-State get out to an early 14-0 lead.

FUN STAT: Four. The Wildcats are bowl eligible for their fourth consecutive year!

 

TWO POSITIVES

1. K-State made plays when it mattered. There’s no denying that it was a sloppy game for either team. Two turnovers each, several missed opportunities, but in the end, K-State comes out on top because they were able to convert third downs and get into field goal range.

2. Getting bowl eligible now was important. The next two games are against a very good Oklahoma and a Kansas team that just got their first conference win in years. I would imagine that K-State stands a high chance of still getting the win against the Jayhawks, but you never want to take a win for granted. Beating TCU established a successful campaign for a year that was filled with questions starting off.

 

TWO WORRIES

1. The entire team somehow forget what they were doing early in the second half. The offense stalled on drive after drive, and the defense found a level of futility that isn’t acceptable. This game would not have been as close if K-State didn’t open the second half like that. Having one part of the team stop working is one thing, having pretty much the entire team stop working is too Jayhawk-y.

2. One of the smaller issues was clock management. The first half ended with the Wildcats mismanaging the clock and settling for a field goal. It could have been a touchdown, but they ran out of time. At the end of the game, the Wildcats left time on the clock after the final field goal. This last one isn’t a big deal, I always fear the Cal-vs-Stanford-kickoff-return-for-the-win scene taking place in these situations.

 

Topics: Kansas State Wildcats

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