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Kansas State 48, Oklahoma State 14 - Making a Statement

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On a day when the Big 12 team above them in the rankings had to struggle for a win, the Wildcats didn't mess around.

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After a solid, yet unspectacular first half, the Wildcats (7-1, 5-0 Big 12) absolutely dominated Oklahoma State (5-4, 3-3) in the second, cruising to a 48-14 win before yet another sellout crowd in Manhattan.

After giving up a touchdown on a brutally quick and frightening drive on Oklahoma State's opening possession, the Wildcats ripped off 45 straight points to put the game away. By early in the fourth quarter, parts of the second string were in (although the starting receivers stayed in a bit to give Joe Hubener the opportunity to work with them).

Charles Jones scored twice on direct snaps, Jake Waters tossed touchdown passes to both Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton, and Hubener scored on a one-yard run following a 64-yard completion to Sexton midway through the final period. Two Matthew McCrane field goals (including a 53-yarder with just under five minutes to play just because) and a kickoff return by Morgan Burns accounted for the other ten points.

Hubener's fourth quarter was an adventure; in addition to the big pass to Sexton and his touchdown, he also gave up a pick-six to Ramon Richards. The pass to Sexton was glorious, but it was Hubener's only competion in five attempts. So Jesse Ertz got to play the final drive... and immediately ran for 20 yards on his first carry.

On the ground, Jones led the way with only 43 yards, followed by 34 from Waters (not sack-adjusted). The Wildcats only managed 134 yards on the ground, mostly because the Cowboys were nearly defenseless against the pass; Waters was 19 of 28 for 223 yards and two scores before being lifted. The 'Cats rolled up 421 yards of offense in all, good for 6.38 yards per play.

Defensively, K-State held the Cowboys to 261 yards (4.14 per play) -- and only 50 in the second half. Over two games against Texas and Oklahoma State, that's 459 yards and 14 points, 7 of which were essentially garbage. Wow, yeah?

TB will have more from the game tomorrow. For now, celebrate a big win (and an Auburn win, too, which could backfire on us later but for now it only helps).