Joe Hubener went down just a few plays into the game, and it doesn't even matter. Wide receiver Kody Cook stepped in, and led the Wildcats to 28 first-half points, and Kansas State heads into the locker room with an eight-point lead.
Cook was an incomprehensible 8-10 for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, adding 58 yards and a score on 14 carries, including a 27-yard romp -- the Wildcats' longest run from scrimmage this season. There are already sportswriters claiming he's the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week no matter what insanity Baylor perpetrates on Texas Tech.
There are down notes: Hubener being knocked out, Dominique Heath pulling up lame after making a key reception, a porous pass defense, and Jack Cantele's last-chance field goal to end the half bouncing off the right upright.
But Danzel McDaniel recovered a "fumble" -- actually a tipped lateral -- to set up the final Wildcat touchdown of the half, and the offensive line has been really, really effective... for the most part. There's still a small problem on the right side which needs to be
Kody Cook, man. Wow. Just wow.
Your second half starts here.