If Kansas State has any hope of bowl eligibility a year after a Fiesta Bowl berth, they’ll have to start by beating West Virginia this weekend in Manhattan.
Thompson and Lockett — who also are K-State’s top kick return duo — have missed the Wildcats’ last two games, a four-point loss at Oklahoma State and a 10-point loss at home to Baylor.
At 2-4, Kansas State still has four potentially-winnable games: At home against West Virginia, Iowa State and TCU, and on the road at Kansas. Their combined margin of defeat in four losses to North Dakota State, Texas, Oklahoma State and Baylor is just 27, so perhaps that’s a good sign for the Wildcats’ chances of salvaging the season.
On the season, Lockett has 31 catches for 475 yards and one touchdown, while Thompson has 13 catches for 185 yards and a score. Thompson also returned a kick for a touchdown this year.