One month ago, Kansas State looked like it was headed for a lost season as its record fell to 2-4 following a tough loss to a very good Baylor squad.
Fast forward a few weeks and, suddenly, the Wildcats have turned it around, winning via blowout for the third time in row by defeating No. 25 Texas Tech, 49-26, in Lubbock.
A lot of credit has to go to the development of Kansas State’s two-headed quarterback duo of Daniel Sams and Jake Waters. Sams is the tough runner who passes just enough to keep the defense honest, while Waters is the accurate passer who can also get good yards on the ground.
Against the Red Raiders, Waters was 6 of 9 for 65 yards and he added 38 yards and two touchdowns rushing. Sams rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and completed one of his two passes for 11 yards. They got extra help on the ground from running back John Hubert, who scampered for 157 yards on 23 carries.
The duo of Waters and Sams was enough to offset Tech’s quarterback duo. Davis Webb was 13 of 20 for 78 yards and one touchdown while Baker Mayfield was 32 of 41 for 251 yards and an interception.
The key stretch of the game came when K-State, down 10-7 late in the first quarter, scored 28 unanswered points to go ahead, 35-10, at the half. From there, it was smooth sailing.
Looking at the schedule, it appears Kansas State (5-4) has a chance to finish 8-4 or 7-5. That’s a far cry from last year’s 11-win season, but still pretty good when you consider where the Wildcats’ fortunes stood in mid-October.
As for Texas Tech (7-3), that’s three losses in a row. With Baylor and Texas on the horizon, a once-promising season appears to be falling apart.