Oklahoma's Spencer Rattler (7) warms up before a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Oklahoma won 16-13.

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K-State looks to stun No. 6 Oklahoma for third year in row

Kansas State spent one week in the Top 25 rankings, but a loss at Oklahoma State caused the Wildcats to fall right back out.

Now with No. 6 Oklahoma coming to town Saturday, K-State will have a chance to make another positive impression.

The Wildcats (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) certainly won’t be intimidated by the nation’s sixth-ranked team – they have knocked off higher-ranked OU teams in each of the past two seasons.

K-State entered this season with three wins before dropping a 31-20 decision to Oklahoma State on Saturday. Running back Deuce Vaughn entered the OSU game with five straight 100-yard games, but after the Wildcats fell behind by three touchdowns in the first half, Vaughn became a non-factor and managed just 22 yards on 13 carries.

“They said they were going to stop Deuce and make us beat them throwing the ball,” coach Chris Klieman said Tuesday. “When we were down as much as we were, that’s not a good position for us to be in.”

Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0) hasn’t lost this season, but, with one exception, the Sooners haven’t been as dominating as many expected. Three of the four victories have been by a touchdown or less.

In their last game, they did not hold a lead against West Virginia until the game-winning field goal on the final play of a 16-13 Sooners victory.

“It ain’t easy to go down there — backed up on our own 7 and you have to drive down there to win the game,” head coach Lincoln Riley said. “Not only did we do it, but we did a great job of executing and turning it into a 4-minute situation, leaving them no time to win the game. That’s some of our best ball right there at the end.”

Offense has been the trademark of Oklahoma football under Riley. But so far this season, take away the 76 points they hung on Western Carolina, and their 26.3 points per game would rank in the mid-80s in college football.

Quarterback Spencer Rattler is completing 74.1 percent of his passes for just over 250 yards per game, but his stats aren’t gaudy like his three predecessors, two of whom won the Heisman Trophy. He needs a big game to keep his fading Heisman hopes alive.

In his third season at K-State, Klieman hasn’t lost to the Sooners. The Wildcats built a big lead over the fifth-ranked Sooners in 2019 then held on for a 48-41 win in Manhattan. In 2020, OU was ranked third and led 35-14 late in the third quarter in Norman, but the Wildcats scored the last 24 points in the game’s last 17 minutes to claim a 38-35 victory.

“We have to get ready to play a great OU team,” Klieman said. “We’ve got to worry about us. We’re going to play a team that knows that we beat them the last two years. They’re going to be ready to play.”

The Wildcats have been hurt since early in the second game by the loss of their starting quarterback, Skylar Thompson. It looked to be a season-ending injury when Thompson went down in a heap without being touched. There’s a slim chance Thompson could play against Oklahoma, though it’s not likely. Klieman says the final decision would be made late in the week.

Klieman said Will Howard and Jaren Lewis would split quarterbacking duties again. Howard had to leave the OSU game because of an undisclosed injury but is expected to be ready for Saturday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2021; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Nevada Wolf Pack defensive back Jordan Lee (13) tries to break away from the block by Kansas State Wildcats tight end Nick Lenners (87) to tackle Wildcats quarterback Will Howard (15) during the first quarter of a game at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Deuce Vaughn runs for 100 yards again as K-State beat Nevada

Deuce Vaughn had his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game as Kansas State defeated Nevada 38-17 in Manhattan, Kansas.

Vaughn’s 127 yards led KSU’s 269 yards on the ground.

It didn’t take long for K-State (3-0) to get on the board. Will Howard hit Daniel Imatorbhebhe with a 68-yard touchdown down the seam on the second play of the day.

After an exchange of punts, Nevada (2-1) tied the score on a 1-yard touchdown run by Devonte Lee. The touchdown was set up by a 55-yard completion from Carson Strong to Romeo Doubs that put the ball at the K-State 2. It took four plays for the Wolf Pack to punch it in.

K-State responded with a more typical drive, capped by a 22-yard touchdown run by Joe Ervin. The Wildcats went 75 yards in eight plays, five on the ground and three through the air.

The Wildcats extended the lead to 17-7 with 2:08 left in the first half. The 38-yard drive was set up by a Tee Denson interception that was returned to near midfield.

K-State’s defense was the story in the first half. The Wolf Pack came into the game averaging 479.5 yards of total offense per game, had just 142 in the half.

Nevada opened the second half with a field goal to cut the deficit to 17-10. The Wolf Pack was driving deep into K-State territory, but head coach Jay Norvell was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that stalled the drive.

After a three-and-out and a shanked punt, Nevada took over at the K-State 42-yard line. The Wolf Pack used nine plays to tie the score, capped by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Strong to Elijah Cooks.

Vaughn put the Wildcats back up 24-17 on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Cats drove 75 yards in eight plays (six of them runs).

The K-State defense held Nevada on a fourth-and-4, stopping Strong after a gain of three yards. That set up an 11-play drive that was capped by Howard’s 2-yard run. Howard’s 1-yard TD run capped the scoring with 1:12 left.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2021; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Kansas State Wildcats fullback Jax Dineen (29) looks for room to run against Southern Illinois Salukis linebacker Bryce Notree (54) during a game at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas State earns tough home win over Southern Illinois

Deuce Vaughn rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns as Kansas State defeated Southern Illinois 31-23 Saturday night in Manhattan, Kan. The Wildcats overcame four first-half turnovers.

It might be a costly victory for Kansas State, as sixth-year senior quarterback Skylar Thompson left the game in the first quarter with what was termed a “lower body injury.” He was running to his right in the open field when he went down in a heap. Thompson did not return to the game.

Southern Illinois (1-1) led 23-21 at halftime.

Kansas State (2-0) jumped out first on a 7-yard touchdown run by Vaughn, capping a six-play, 75-yard drive. The big play was a 43-yard pass from Thompson to Malik Knowles.

Thompson hit Knowles with a 50-yard pass to set up another K-State touchdown. But Thompson went down without being touched and left the game. His replacement, Will Howard, punched it in from the 1-yard line to give K-State a 14-0 lead.

SIU got on the board early in the second quarter on a 32-yard field goal by Nico Gualdoni. Vaughn scored from 1-yard out to give K-State a 21-3 lead midway through the second quarter. But things turned bad quickly.

Javon Williams scored SIU’s first touchdown from 4 yards out, but the 2-point conversion failed, making the score 21-9. Vaughn then fumbled on the ensuing drive just outside the 25-yard line. It was recovered by Gianini Belizaire and returned to the K-State 9-yard line. Williams then scored from 1 yard out to cut the deficit to 21-16.

Trying to convert a third-and-12, Howard threw it right to defender PJ Jules, who returned it 41 yards for a pick-6 and the lead.

K-State opened the second half with a 14-play drive (12 runs) to retake the lead on a Taiten Winkel 34-yard field goal. Southern Illinois missed a 47-yard field goal with 11:06 left.

Vaughn scored his third touchdown from 4 yards out with 1:57 to ice the victory.

Southern Illinois was driving for a potential game-tying score when Felix Anudike-Uzomah sacked Nic Baker and forced a fumble with 19 seconds left.

Oct 3, 2020; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Justin Fuente reacts as his team plays against the Duke Blue Devils in the second half at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Virginia Tech Hokies won 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech, Kansas State opt against participating in bowls

Virginia Tech and Kansas State have opted against seeking bowl bids and will end their respective seasons, the schools announced Wednesday.

The Hokies’ decision ends the nation’s longest bowl streak at 27 years. They join fellow Atlantic Coast Conference schools Boston College, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Georgia Tech in declining to participate in bowl games this season.

Virginia Tech (5-6) posted its first regular-season losing campaign since posting a 2-8-1 record in 1992. A .500 record requirement for bowl consideration in the 2020 season was waived due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We had a team meeting and our players have decided to not play, and I’m going to support them 100 percent,” Hokies coach Justin Fuente said on Wednesday. “It speaks to the difficulty of the season they’ve been through. There were players who wanted to play, but we were going to do this all together or not, and it became evident that it was a very difficult situation.

“There’s kids that would like to go home for Christmas. This is ultimately about our kids. I think they’ve sacrificed enough. They’ve been at this for some time and given up freedoms and plenty of opportunities, so we’re going to turn the page and get ready to go.”

The Wildcats’ reasoning for their decision is that they would not have enough players to prepare for a bowl game. Instead, the school announced that it is pausing football activities following its most recent COVID-19 test results and contact tracing.

“This has been an unbelievably challenging year for everyone, but we were very excited to have the opportunity to end the season in a bowl game,” Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor said. “But, with new positive cases and additional close contacts in our program, we would not have enough players to continue practices and field a team for the bowl game. I want to thank our student-athletes and coaches for their tireless effort this year and for being flexible during a time when every day presented new challenges.”

The Wildcats were eligible to compete in a bowl after finishing with a 4-6 overall record and 4-5 mark in Big 12 play.

“It certainly is a bittersweet ending to the season, but playing 10 regular-season games throughout all of this uncertainty was nothing short of a miracle,” Kansas State coach Chris Klieman said. “I want to thank our players, especially our seniors, for continuing to battle each and every day, no matter what circumstance was put before them. This season was difficult and frustrating, but I think it is also one that we will remember for the rest of our lives. I hope we will all learn from it and become better, both as coaches and players, as we head into the offseason.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2020; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) passes the ball as Iowa State Cyclones linebacker O'Rien Vance (34) tries to defend during an NCAA college football game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell-USA TODAY NETWORK

Texas, K-State looking for positives

One team is hanging by a thread. The other team’s thread got cut last weekend. But when Kansas State hosts Texas in Manhattan, Kan., on Saturday, there’s one thing both teams have in common.

There’s still plenty to play for.

Kansas State hopes to stop a four-game losing streak that has taken the Wildcats from a tie for first place in the Big 12 and the No. 16 ranking to a losing record. The Longhorns, meanwhile, hope to have a lot of chips fall into place.

With a heartbreaking loss to Iowa State last weekend, the Longhorns (5-3, 4-3 Big 12) have to win out (they’re at so-far-winless Kansas on Dec. 12), have Oklahoma lose twice and have Oklahoma State lose at least one of its two remaining games in order to play in the Big 12 Championship game.

“They’re a resilient bunch,” Texas coach Tom Herman said of his team’s reaction to the Iowa State loss. “We all know that the season is not over. We have two regular-season games left, and a bowl game, and we’ve got a job to do. That job is to go win a game.”

Senior Sam Ehlinger leads the Longhorns into Manhattan riding a three-game winning streak against the Wildcats. Ehlinger is third in the Big 12 in passing with 266.5 yards per game.

“(Sam) can beat you with his feet, he can beat you with his arm, he can beat you with his mind,” head coach Chris Klieman said. “He can run through arm tackles because he’s a big, physical ball carrier. He throws the ball really well and has a lot of different people he can get the ball to in space. We need to be on point, and be better in limiting explosive plays.”

Kansas State (4-5, 4-4) has been struggling offensively since starting quarterback Skylar Thompson went down against Texas Tech in the third game. Freshman Will Howard helped the Wildcats defeat the Red Raiders, TCU and Kansas. But it seems like anything that can go wrong has gone wrong in their four-game losing streak.

“It wears on you, without question,” Klieman said. “A couple of games were really close, and we felt like we should win those games, but we didn’t. If you’re a competitor and a winner, like all those kids are, it ticks you off.”

Still, Klieman is looking forward to sending his seniors off with a victory if at all possible.

“We get to honor 20 seniors in their last home game,” he said. “Those guys have meant a ton to our staff. They welcomed us with open arms when we were hired here two years ago. It will be an emotional time for those guys.

“I’m proud of the resiliency of these guys. We just have to execute better to have a chance against a really good Texas team.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 28, 2020; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Charlie Brewer (5) rolls out to pass against the Kansas State Wildcats during the second quarter at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor beats Kansas State on last-second field goal

Charlie Brewer was responsible for four touchdowns, and he led Baylor to a winning field goal on the final play as the Bears defeated Kansas State 32-31 in a back-and-forth game Saturday night in Waco, Texas.

John Mayers kicked a 30-yard field goal as time expired, capping a 10-play, 57-yard drive that started with 2:32 to go.

Baylor (2-5, 2-5 Big 12) snapped a five-game losing streak while Kansas State (4-5, 4-4) lost its fourth straight contest.

Brewer finished with 349 passing yards and two touchdowns as he completed 31 of 39 passes. He added two rushing touchdowns and was the team’s leader with 56 yards on the ground.

Trailing 17-6 at halftime, Baylor got a 28-yard field goal and then marched 63 yards in seven plays to draw within 17-15. R.J. Sneed had a ballet-like dance down the sideline for a 23-yard touchdown, but the two-point conversion attempt failed.

Baylor outgained Kansas State 152 yards to 27 in the third quarter.

The teams traded blows in the fourth quarter. Kansas State’s Will Howard found Briley Moore for a 49-yard gain, and then Howard ran it in from 24 yards out for a 24-15 lead.

Brewer then hit Trestan Ebner for an 8-yard score. Deuce Vaughn answered from 38 yards out to give the Wildcats a two-score lead again.

Baylor responded with a 54-yard drive, capped by a 1-yard dive by Brewer, to cut the lead to 31-29. Following a K-State punt, Brewer drove the Bears 57 yards for the game-winning field goal.

Baylor jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead on a Brewer 7-yard run. The Bears got the ball on the Kansas State 9-yard line after an interception on the opening series. The extra point was botched on the snap.

The Wildcats responded on the next play with a 75-yard run on a sweep by receiver Malik Knowles for a 7-6 lead. Kansas State then took advantage of a Baylor miscue with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Howard to Vaughn. Baylor fumbled a punt and the Wildcats recovered on the Baylor 35.

The Bears struggled on special teams early. They had a missed extra point, had a 29-yard punt, fumbled a punt return and were called for a fair-catch interference penalty.

The final mistake put Kansas State in scoring position, and the Wildcats capitalized with a 20-yard Blake Lynch field goal for an 11-point halftime lead.

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2020; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Will Howard (15) hands off to running back Deuce Vaughn (22) during a game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas State, Baylor set for chance at redemption

Two teams limping down the stretch will square off Saturday night as Baylor hosts Kansas State at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas.

The Bears have lost five straight since winning their first game against Kansas. K-State hasn’t won since a 55-14 defeat of Kansas helped the Wildcats reach No. 16 in the AP poll. Their third straight defeat, a 45-0 whitewashing at Iowa State, was their worst loss in five seasons.

“Hopefully they’re a little ticked off,” K-State coach Chris Klieman said Monday when asked about his players’ attitudes. “In the same respect, our leaders are tremendous leaders. We had a good week of practice last week after a tough loss to Oklahoma State. I can promise you that we’ll have a good week of practice this week after a tough loss to Iowa State.

“It’s part of the learning process.”

Kansas State (4-4, 4-3 Big 12) has a slim chance at a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game, but the Wildcats have to win out (they host Texas on Dec. 5) and they need some help.

The first thing they need is to get healthy. They’ve been battling COVID-19 absences all year, several times finding out the day before games that they’d have enough players to play. They defeated Oklahoma on the road in that situation in the conference opener, but against the Cyclones the lack of practice time was evident.

K-State’s biggest problem has been finding consistency on offense. True freshmen quarterback Will Howard and running back Deuce Vaughn have showed signs of brilliance but also have been unimpressive at times.

With a thin margin for error for his team, Klieman isn’t looking past Baylor.

“They have guys who are going to fight and battle,” he said. “It’s going to be a heck of a football game. I’m a huge (quarterback) Charlie Brewer fan. I think he’s a winner and an exceptional college football player.”

Baylor (1-5, 1-5 Big 12) has also dealt with a thin roster, to the point that they have only played six games so far. The Bears will make up their game against Oklahoma State on Dec. 12.

Baylor has been in every game, beginning with a double-overtime loss at West Virginia and most recently in a one-point loss at Texas Tech on Nov. 14. Four of their five losses have been on the road, so some home cooking might help.

Baylor’s first-year coach Dave Aranda said his team has to be ready for a battle with K-State.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Kansas State,” he said. “Kansas State does a great job of attacking in the run game. They’re really smart in their attack. It strikes you when you see it because they’re subtle in the way they out-number you.

“I can see the struggles they’re going through with the depth-chart changes. It’s a fight, to a certain degree, we’re all fighting. I’ve got a lot of respect for their staff, and I feel for them. I’m sure, come Saturday night they’ll put up a big fight for us.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2020; Ames, Iowa, USA;  Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy (15) is tackled by Kansas State senior Defensive Back Kiondre Thomas (3) during their football game at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports

Purdy throws for 3 TDs as No. 17 Iowa St. blanks Kansas St.

Quarterback Brock Purdy had three first-half touchdown passes to lead No. 17 Iowa State past visiting Kansas State 45-0 in Ames, Iowa.

Purdy finished with 236 yards on 16-of-20 passing. Breece Hall, the nation’s leading rusher coming into the game, added 135 yards and two rushing touchdowns, including 123 rushing yards and both touchdowns in the first half.

Iowa State (6-2, 6-1 Big 12), alone in first place in the Big 12 Conference, improved its chances to play in the conference championship game. The Cyclones are seeking their first conference championship since winning the Missouri Valley Conference title in 1912. They play at No. 22 Texas next Saturday before closing the season with a home game against West Virginia.

Iowa State had a 539-149 advantage in total offense. The Cyclones had 10 tackles-for-loss and forced three Kansas State turnovers. It was the first time the Wildcats have been shut out since 2015.

Kansas State (4-4, 4-3 Big 12), playing without starting linebackers Elijah Sullivan and Justin Hughes because of COVID, lost its third straight game. Quarterback Will Howard was 3 of 9 for 32 yards and a pick before getting knocked out of the game in the first half.

Iowa State wasted little time in jumping out to the lead. Purdy found Joe Scates for a 33-yard touchdown pass and a 7-0 lead just three minutes into the game. The score capped a six-play, 75-yard drive.

After stopping Kansas State on downs inside the 5-yard line, the Cyclones went 97 yards on 11 plays to take a 14-0 lead. Purdy hit Charlie Kolar with a 6-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter to cap the drive.

Purdy hit Xavier Hutchinson with a 21-yard touchdown to put the Cyclones up by three touchdowns midway through the second quarter. Hall then made it 28-0 with a 33-yard run. On the first play of the subsequent drive, Howard threw an interception to Deuce Vaughn, and Hall’s second TD made it 35-0.

Iowa State held a 363-74 advantage in total yards at the half.

A 32-yard Connor Assalley field goal and a Hunter Dekkers 12-yard touchdown capped the second-half scoring.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2020; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA;  Iowa head coach Matt Campbell talks with quarterback Brock Purdy (15) in a game against Oklahoma State at Boone Pickens Stadium. OSU won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Phipps-USA TODAY Sports

No. 17 Iowa State in key clash with Kansas State

In a year that defines uncertainty, Kansas State coach Chris Klieman finds himself in a strange situation, even by today’s standards.

Kansas State intends to head to Ames, Iowa, on Saturday to face No. 17 Iowa State as both teams hold on to hope of appearing in the Big 12 title game. But Klieman and the Wildcats are not sure they will have enough players to make the trip.

“We don’t have enough (healthy) guys to shift around,” Klieman said. “That’s probably our issue. We’re (practicing) with the guys that we have, just knocking on wood that we can get through Wednesday’s tests, and Friday’s tests.

“We’re not the only ones in the country dealing with this. We’re just down so many guys in certain spots that we can’t even move people. So I’m just knocking on wood that we get good results the rest of this week.”

Kansas State (4-3, 4-2 Big 12) has lost its last two games since reaching No. 16 in the polls. They lost 37-10 at West Virginia before falling 20-18 against No. 14 Oklahoma State at home prior to last weekend’s bye.

A win keeps K-State’s title hopes very much alive. The Wildcats would hold the tiebreaker over the Cyclones and Oklahoma, with whom they are currently tied for third place. They still have to play Texas, which also has two conference losses.

A loss to the Cyclones, however, puts a serious dent in the Wildcats’ chances.

Iowa State (5-2, 5-1) controls its own destiny. The Cyclones have just one league loss, to Oklahoma State, and even a setback Saturday would still have them tied for the second spot.

The Cyclones don’t have the COVID-19 issues that K-State does.

“Right now we’re 100 percent healthy,” coach Matt Campbell said. “Is it a concern (that the game won’t be played)? Absolutely. It’s not just now. It’s literally been this way for the whole season.”

The Cyclones have their eyes set on the Big 12 title game, but Campbell won’t allow himself to look past the Wildcats.

“For me, the starting point is that attitude, the effort, the intensity that continues to reside as a fabric of what makes Kansas State such a great football program,” Campbell said. “Then you supply that with some really good football players, on offense and defense and the success they’ve had on special teams. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a K-State team. I’m really impressed with this team.”

Iowa State is third in the Big 12 in scoring offense and fourth in scoring defense and has the Wildcats’ full attention.

“That’s a veteran club that’s playing at a really high level,” he said. “They have talent on both offense and defense. They play really well at home. We have to come up with a good game plan and play error-free, disciplined football.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2020; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Winston Wright Jr. (16) makes a catch and runs for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Kansas State Wildcats at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Doege leads West Virginia over No. 16 Kansas State

Jarret Doege threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns as West Virginia handed No. 16 Kansas State its first Big 12 loss in a 37-10 upset on Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va.

The Wildcats (4-2, 4-1 Big 12) had their four-game Big 12 winning streak snapped, leaving No. 6 Oklahoma State (4-0, 3-0) as the only unbeaten team in the league heading into the Cowboys’ game against visiting Texas on Saturday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (4-2, 3-2) improved to 4-0 at home as Doege completed 22 of 34 passes with no interceptions. Leddie Brown added 102 yards on 24 carries with a touchdown and Alec Sinkfield finished with 85 yards on 15 rushes. Bryce Ford-Wheaton had three catches for 104 yards.

West Virginia’s defense, which led the Big 12 heading into Saturday allowing just 261.8 yards per game, limited the Wildcats to 225 yards and only 13 first downs. K-State mustered only 41 yards rushing.

The Wildcats entered the game leading the Big 12 in turnover margin at plus-eight with only one interception.

K-State freshman Will Howard, a dual-threat quarterback who replaced the injured Skylar Thompson after the third game of the season, threw three interceptions Saturday.

One of them was returned 18 yards for a touchdown by Dylan Tonkery with 7:51 left in the third quarter to increase West Virginia’s lead to 34-10.

Howard completed 19 of 37 pass attempts for 184 yards with one touchdown.

West Virginia took a 24-10 halftime lead by scoring touchdowns on three consecutive possessions in the second quarter.

In that stretch, Doege completed touchdown passes of 5 yards to Ali Jennings and 15 yards to Winston Wright. Brown also had a 9-yard scoring run.

Kansas State closed the scoring in the first half on Howard’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Malik Knowles with 1:05 left.

West Virginia had three field goals in the game, including two by backup placekicker Casey Legg (25 and 45 yards) in the second half after Evan Staley became injured on kickoff coverage.

–Field Level Media