Kansas State overwhelms West Virginia in 35-12 win
Kansas State scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second
half to defeat West Virginia, 35-12, and gain its first Big 12 win
of the season Saturday.
Jake Waters was 10-of-13 for 198 yards and three touchdowns for
Kansas State (3-4, 1-3). Daniel Sams was 8-for-8 for 93 yards and a
touchdown. Tyler Lockett had eight catches for 111 yards and three
Kansas State had a chance for a big break early in the third
quarter when Clint Trickett fumbled and it was recovered by Blake
Slaughter at the West Virginia 18-yard line. But on the second
play, Sams lost the ball after gaining a first down and it was
recovered in the end zone by the Mountaineers’ Karl Joseph.
On the next play Trickett hit Kevin White on a slant pass just
over the line of scrimmage and White meandered 43 yards through the
K-State defense. That resulted in a 50-yard field goal by Josh
Lambert and a 12-7 lead for West Virginia (3-5, 1-4).
But Kansas State responded with a 14-play, 78-yard drive, that
used up 8:24 with the Wildcats going into the 20-mph wind. The
drive was capped by a 9-yard pass from Sams to Lockett in the back
of the end zone on third-and-goal.
Another 78-yard drive, this one taking seven plays and 3:40,
gave Kansas State a 21-12 lead with 11:11 left in the fourth
quarter. Waters hit Tramaine Thompson on a 30-yard touchdown pass
on a play that looked exactly like his first touchdown of the day
Waters’ hit Lockett with a 24-yard touchdown with 7:31 left to
put the game out of reach. John Hubert ran in a 4-yard touchdown
with 21 seconds left for the final score.
Kansas State was the first team to find any kind of flow on
offense in the first half, but even that took a substitute. Waters
replaced Sams at quarterback as the Wildcats faced third-and-15
from the West Virginia 35. Waters, who had started the game for
Kansas State, threw a 35-yard touchdown to Lockett, hitting Lockett
in stride just shy of the goal line.
After the teams traded punts, West Virginia answered early in
the second quarter. Trickett ran off left tackle for a 6-yard
touchdown. Travis Britz blocked the extra point, helping Kansas
State retain the 7-6 lead.
West Virginia took the lead on a 21-yard field goal by Lambert.
The Mountaineers reached the Kansas State 6-yard line on a 50-yard
completion from Trickett to Ronald Carswell. But the Wildcats
defense stiffened, forcing the field goal.