Sep 12, 2020; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Skylar Thompson (10) drops back to pass during a game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

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K-State QB Thompson done for season

Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for an upper-body injury, coach Chris Klieman announced Monday.

Thompson was injured in the first half of the Wildcats’ win against Texas Tech on Oct. 3.

Riko Jeffers drove the QB to the turf after a pass attempt. Thompson left the game and Jeffers was flagged and ejected for targeting. Thompson was wearing a sling on the sideline afterward.

Klieman said Thompson underwent surgery last week.

“It was difficult, obviously, when you have a senior captain who goes down,” Klieman said. “He’s handled it well … that’s the worst part of this game because people know how much time and effort guys put in to have an opportunity to play this great game.

“But we’re going to rally around Will Howard and Nick Ast,” Klieman said.

Howard, a true freshman, led the Wildcats to a 21-14 win over TCU this past week. Howard rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown and went 8-for-19 passing with an interception. Howard threw for 173 yards after replacing Thompson against the Red Raiders.

Thompson started 30 games in his K-State career. Thompson (5,021 passing, 1,083 rushing) is one of two players in K-State history to pass for over 5,000 career yards and rush for more than 1,000. The other is Ell Roberson, who passed for 5,099 and rushed for 2,818 from 2000-03.

Thompson had thrown for 626 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for another four TDs prior to the injury.

Kansas State (3-1, 3-0 Big 12) is off this week. The Wildcats play Kansas on Oct. 24.

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