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Kansas State dominates Michigan in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

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Jake Waters completed 21 of 27 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns — all to Tyler Lockett — as Kansas State (8-5) won its first bowl game since 2002 by whipping Michigan (7-6), 31-14, in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Saturday night.

Waters threw all his touchdown passes in the first half as K-State jumped out to a 21-6 lead. That turned out to be all it needed. Ian Patterson’s 22-yard field goal and a short TD plunge by John Hubert in the fourth quarter closed out the scoring for the Wildcats.

Michigan struggled on offense without quarterback Devin Gardner, who sat out the game with a turf toe injury. True freshman Shane Morris got his first start, but outside of two early field goal drives and a late touchdown, he failed to get the Wolverine offense going. Morris went 24 of 38 for 196 yards and one interception, but Michigan’s ground game (65 net yards) gave him no help.

It was Michigan’s fifth loss in the last six games and Kansas State’s sixth win in its last seven. Still the Wolverines should be better in 2014 as Brady Hoke’s recruiting classes continue to accumulate. Improving the defense and the running game will be the first priorities.

As for Kansas State, it returns Waters, who could be among the Big 12’s best quarterbacks in 2014. Add in the seemingly endless array of talented junior college transfers and don’t be surprised if Bill Snyder has the Wildcats in a much better bowl this time next year.

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19 Responses to “Kansas State dominates Michigan in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl”
  1. lsuzilla says: Dec 29, 2013 1:37 AM

    Appy State is going to beat Michigan…again….at the big house to start the 2014 season

  2. polegojim says: Dec 29, 2013 2:03 AM

    Morris showed good true QB skills – very productive experience… By far the only bright spot in the game for Michigan.

    Defense was defenseless – not convinced it has anything to do w them being young.

    Special teams very unspecial.

    Unimpressed on all levels except Morris’ grit.

    Glad the season is over. Very painful to watch.

  3. zigsmart says: Dec 29, 2013 2:37 AM

    Let’s blame this on RichRod too….Hahahahaha!

  4. indi0228 says: Dec 29, 2013 5:18 AM

    That is a sad program

  5. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 29, 2013 7:32 AM

    Well Michigan, you made the big ten proud and you were in keeping with Big Ten bowl game tradition.

    A Badger Fan

  6. watchfullhose says: Dec 29, 2013 8:31 AM

    It’s December 29, 2013….


  7. meatcarroll says: Dec 29, 2013 9:02 AM

    Kwonesas Glape

  8. polegojim says: Dec 29, 2013 9:45 AM

    What a bunch of children… Sheesh.

  9. manik56 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:54 AM

    Pretty rich a Badger fan has the nerve to rip Michigan for losing Bowl games. Wisconsin is the poster child for bad B1G Bowl teams, losing three Rose Bowls in a row including one to a mid-major.

  10. dkhhuey says: Dec 29, 2013 10:30 AM

    Wow – I watched the chicken wings bowl last night and sat speechless! TTUN got their asses handed to them on a plate in every single facet of the game. It is now an official – this program is a train wreck and it is grossly obvious that Hoke is not the answer. As pole pointed out, Morris was the lone glimmer of hope but I’m wondering if that was based in the fact that there was absolutely no film for KSU to game plan on and put in a basic package until they could start making adjustments. The kid can throw but I’m wondering what happens when the film starts coming out and DCs are able to craft a defensive strategy to counter!

    pole – I can’t even bring myself to give you a bit of obligatory smack talk because you’ve suffered enough!!!

  11. cometkazie says: Dec 29, 2013 10:59 AM

    It’s just a bowl game f’cryin out loud.

  12. dkhhuey says: Dec 29, 2013 11:14 AM

    @come – it is more than just a bowl game! Recruits are watching, the nation is watching and reputations are on the line… when you toss up a complete inept effort and get dominated – it impacts many facets of the football program.

  13. denverdude7 says: Dec 29, 2013 11:15 AM


    Well, at least yet another “We’re Just Here To Sell More Beer Bowl” is over.

    Really, how many meaningless bowl games do we have to endure?

  14. midwestmd says: Dec 29, 2013 11:56 AM

    Amazing Michigan looses and 90%+ of the comments are just from bottom feeding Wolverine haters. Hardly any K State fans even talking up their program. It is amazing what a 74 yo Bill Snyder has been able to do there TWICE. A balanced attack by a better and MUCH better coached team (maybe Michigan should start looking at the junior colleges). Michigan’s running game has been a mess most of the year, and the lack of player development sits squarely with the coaching staff. Too the Big 10 fan bottom feeders I would just say that the ONLY team that looked better than K State against Michigan this year was MSU, and that includes an OSU team that beat the stuffing out of a 3 time Rose Bowl loosing Badger team.

  15. blitz4848 says: Dec 29, 2013 12:32 PM

    This will be a continuing B1G Ten trend.

    Now 0-2 to date with BOTH incoming sacrificial lambs (Maryland & Rutgers) already beaten as well and more to come.

    The over/under on games won by the B1G 10 is “2” and I would take the UNDER!!

  16. mogogo1 says: Dec 29, 2013 1:36 PM

    One team wanted the win, was well-coached and played hard. Typical Bill Snyder team giving their all.

    Michigan passed up on numerous chances to try and get back in the game. Hoke coached the game like he knew they were going to lose. And the team followed his lead and played that way.

  17. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 29, 2013 1:45 PM

    MidwestMD- before you try and defend your boys at UM. Look at your teams record. I don’t care who your team played tough. Look at how many loss you have. That’s all that matters. The fact of the matter is your program is going down. That’s all people are saying. Clearly Hokes style of play is not the answer. Face the facts man.

  18. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 29, 2013 1:48 PM

    You want to take shots at Wisconsin that’s fine, but if you want to talk about playing teams tough- look at the last time Wisconsinnlost by more the a TD. It was years ago. You know when the last time was Michigan lost by more then a TD? Last night. No one cares though. You play to win the game. Not to play teams tough.

  19. midwestmd says: Dec 29, 2013 4:59 PM

    Bottom feeders trolling stories about teams they hate when they lose just to pile on. Stick to talking about your own teams successes or realistically critiquing your team.

    Again 90%+ of the posts on this story are from bottom feeders looking to pile on Michigan instead of K State fans talking up their coach/team or Michigan fans congratulating K State and talking about the glaring faults in their program.

    Madtown the only other game Michigan lost by more than 4 was MSU not that it makes up for the numerous losses. And if you read my post I wasn’t really ‘defending’ Michigan but pointing out the bottom feeder post numbers for this story. As for ‘facing the facts’ I believe that was what I was doing when I posted the following:

    “Michigan’s running game has been a mess most of the year, and the lack of player development sits squarely with the coaching staff.”

    Best of luck with the Gamecocks, and if Wisconsin looses (even by more than a TD) don’t look for me to bother posting anything about it. Stay classy.

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