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Sunday Rewind: K-State 31, Kansas 10

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A look back at Kansas State’s 31-10 victory over Kansas in the Sunflower Showdown:

THREE THOUGHTS

1. Kansas State made the most of its season after a 2-4 start.
The year started with an unexpected loss to North Dakota State and Big 12 play began with three straight setbacks, but none of that stopped K-State from finishing the regular season with a winning record. Thanks to a 5-1 finish, the Wildcats will spend December preparing for a respectable bowl game (most likely the Holiday Bowl, but possibly the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl). They will also head into the offseason with momentum. K-State coach Bill Snyder deserves credit for keeping his players focused after a slow start. The Wildcats are the fourth team in Big 12 history to reach bowl eligibility after a 2-4 start.

“I’m proud of the fact that they have come back,” Snyder said, “that they didn’t give into it and they tried to move in a different direction. But you remember the losses. The biggest margin was 10 points and I don’t think there was a ballgame that we played where we didn’t have our chances. That’s a frustrating experience … I appreciate the young people in our program and the kind of pride we have in each and every one of them.”

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Sunday Rewind: Oklahoma 41, K-State 31

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A look back at Oklahoma’s 41-31 victory over Kansas State:

THREE THOUGHTS

1. This game showed the importance of a balanced offense.
Tyler Lockett didn’t just play the game of his life. With 440 all-purpose yards, 278 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns, he played the finest game of any K-State receiver … Ever. When he went off in the second quarter, catching touchdown passes of 48, 30 and 90 yards, the Wildcats looked unstoppable. But when Oklahoma adjusted and put top cornerback Aaron Colvin on him in the second half, K-State couldn’t adjust back. Jake Waters threw two devastating interceptions, while Daniel Sams and John Hubert were essentially bystanders. Sams attempted three runs and no passes. Hubert touched the ball nine times. K-State rushed for 24 yards.

The Wildcats didn’t have a balanced offense, and, much like a loss at Texas when Lockett went crazy for 237 receiving yards while the rest of the offense was quiet, they lost by double-digits. Oklahoma, meanwhile, ran for 301 yards and threw for 171 yards. That balance kept K-State’s defense guessing. That was the difference in this game.
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Sunday Rewind: K-State 49, Texas Tech 26


A look back at Kansas State’s most dominant game of the season, a 49-26 road victory over Texas Tech:

THREE THOUGHTS

1. Kansas State could finish the regular season on a six-game winning streak.
After a 2-4 start even the most optimistic of K-State fans couldn’t envision the Wildcats ending with anything better than a 7-5 record, but after three straight blowout victories an 8-4 finish is now on the table. K-State will be favored against TCU and Kansas and it might be favored against Oklahoma. Bill Snyder’s team looked flat-out impressive on Saturday, pummeling a ranked team on the road in front of more than 54,000 fans. It won’t be easy, but if the Wildcats keep executing the way they recently have there is no reason why they can’t win their final three games and head into the postseason the same way Baylor did last year.
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Sunday Rewind: K-State 41, Iowa State 7

Sophomore quarterback Daniel Sams and the Kansas State Wildcats played their most complete games of the season against Iowa State.

At the moment, Kansas State is in a class of its own within the Big 12.

The Wildcats are clearly better than the conference’s struggling teams. They have blown out West Virginia and Iowa State and they will be favored against TCU and Kansas. As long as they take care of business against the Horned Frogs and Jayhawks they will reach bowl eligibility.

But the Wildcats also appear a notch below the conference’s contenders. They have already lost to Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma State. They are three-point underdogs against Texas Tech and they will likely be underdogs against Oklahoma. They probably need to beat the Red Raiders to have any chance of finishing in the top half of the Big 12 standings.

A 41-7 clobbering of Iowa State proved the Wildcats are improving. They have won back-to-back games, and their defense has gotten better each and every week. They will have momentum and confidence on their side when they head to Texas Tech, fresh off its first two losses, next week. Can they take advantage and once again prove their progress? Or will they stay where they are?

It will be an important game.

Here is a look at all that and more in this week’s Sunday Rewind:
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Sunday Rewind: Kansas State finds passing groove in 35-12 victory over West Virginia

Kansas State put Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson to good use on Saturday. The Wildcats’ top two receivers combined for four touchdowns.

This was definitely a crossroads game for Kansas State. A loss would have made it very difficult for the Wildcats to keep their spirits up and to reach bowl eligibility. Instead, they pounded West Virginia in the second half for a 35-12 victory and now go into their final five games with momentum.

Tramaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett were back on the field together for the first time in a month. Jake Waters looked like the quarterback who originally won the starting quarterback job in the preseason. And K-State looked like a new team.

Here is a look at all that and more in this week’s Sunday Rewind:
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Sunday Rewind: Baylor 35, Kansas State 25


The regular season has reached the halfway point for Kansas State, and the Wildcats sit at 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the Big 12 play. That is a thoroughly disappointing start for a team that was upset about being picked sixth in the preseason conference poll and has possessed a fourth-quarter lead in five of its games.

Losing close is clearly frustrating to this group. Each loss has come in slightly different ways. The defense couldn’t get off the field against North Dakota State. A horrible start doomed K-State at Texas. Fourth-quarter turnovers hurt K-State at Oklahoma State. And a missed field goal and another interception cost K-State the game against Baylor.

After Saturday’s 35-25 loss, I asked several players if they had spotted a common thread in those losses.

“We had the game in our hands and just coughed it up,” quarterback Jake Waters said. “I had fumbles at Texas. Daniel (Sams) had some picks (against Oklahoma State) and made some mistakes too. We just have to figure out how to win at the end. We will. We have some great players on this team.”

“I’ve got to finish,” Sams said. “Coach (Bill) Snyder says we all make mistakes, but the type of player I am I put this on me. I’ve got to finish.”

“Anytime you get a lead you just can’t get comfortable,” added receiver Curry Sexton. “You have to put your foot down. If you’ve got a lead in the fourth quarter you have got to find a way to kill the clock, take the ball and go down and score and put the ballgame away. that’s something we haven’t done this year. It’s something we have to learn how to do. I don’t know what it takes, but we will find a way. Hopefully you won’t see us losing anymore tight games in the fourth quarter, because that’s not what we do.”

And with that, here is a look at all that and more in this week’s Sunday Rewind:
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Sunday Rewind: Okla. State 33, K-State 29

Kansas State lost another close game at Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Wildcats committed penalties left and right and turned the ball far too often. In the end, they couldn’t overcome those mistakes and lost 33-29.

There will be some soul-searching after this one. The Wildcats feel like they let one slip away, which they couldn’t afford to do after losing to North Dakota State and Texas. Next up is Baylor, a team that appears unstoppable on offense. It will be interesting to see how K-State moves on from another agonizing loss and prepares for the toughest opponent of the season.

And with that, here is a look at all that and more in this week’s Sunday Rewind:
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Sunday Rewind: Texas 31, K-State 21

Kansas State players seemed to take this loss harder than the opener. The Wildcats came into the game with what they thought was a strong gameplan. They were confident they could hurt Texas for big plays the same way past teams have. They fully expected to win. Instead, the Longhorns jumped out to a big lead and won 31-21.

Bill Snyder said he was “extremely” disappointed with his team’s execution and said more leadership is needed.

Players said they needed to use the upcoming bye week to fix problems before heading off for another difficult game at Oklahoma State.

The next few days will be important. How will K-State respond from a loss in its conference opener?

And with that, here is a look at all that and more in this week’s Sunday Rewind:
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Sunday Rewind: K-State 37, UMass 7


Kansas State’s 37-7 victory over Massachusetts went as expected. The Wildcats were heavy favorites, and they trounced the lowly Minutemen in a game that was never close in the second half.

There were good plays. There were bad plays. You could take this game in a number of different ways.

For now, let’s just focus on the most pertinent question: Is K-State ready for its Big 12 opener against Texas?

On one hand, the Wildcats could use some work on defense. And Jake Waters needs to stop throwing interceptions. On the other hand, what’s going on in Austin right now is a soap-opera. The Longhorns are coming off back-to-back brutal losses and the fan base is furious. Coming off back-to-back wins, the Wildcats are in much better shape.

Again, you could answer the question in a number of different ways.

Here is what K-State coach Bill Snyder said Saturday night: “We need to get a whole lot better real quick. Real quick. Texas is good. I understand they are going through some tough times, but don’t dare underestimate the University of Texas. They will be a handful for anybody.”

And with that, here is a look at all that and more in this week’s Sunday Rewind:
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Sunday Rewind: K-State 48, Louisiana 27


It was an up-and-down game for Kansas State. The Wildcats raced to a 34-3 lead early in the second half, but had to hang on in the fourth quarter after Louisiana-Lafayette pulled to within 14.

The result was much better than a week ago, and players think it was a step in the right direction. There was a lot to like. With lowly Massachusetts up next, K-State will almost certainly enter Big 12 play at 2-1.

Question is: can it become a more consistent team by then? K-State played poorly at times on Saturday, so there is plenty of room for improvement. As Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudpseth pointed out afterward: If you take away the three touchdowns that came on special teams and defense, it was a fairly even game. The Wildcats should remain motivated during practice this week.

A look at all that and more in this week’s Sunday Rewind:
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