Three players are in contention to replace Jake Waters for Kansas State’s starting quarterback job. There’s sophomore Jesse Ertz and freshman Alex Delton, but the front-runner has to be junior Joe Hubener. Hubener’s the most experienced of the bunch after seeing action in seven games a year ago, completing 9-of-17 passes for 235 yards with a touchdown and an interception while rushing 27 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns.
Oddly enough, though, the experienced candidate has exactly zero experience as a starting quarterback.
“I have never started a game of high school football at quarterback, so this would be my first starting game as a quarterback,” Hubener told the Wichita Eagle. That is something pretty huge for me. It is crazy.”
A former walk-on, Hubener arrived in Manhattan from Cheyney High School, where he played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back. That versatility has served him well as he efforts to take the reins of the Wildcats’ reconfigured offense.
“Joe is a guy who will lower his shoulder down and get that extra yard,” said tackle Cody Whitehair. “You want a guy who can do both (throw and run). You don’t want a one-dimensional offense. That is what Coach Snyder stresses. He likes guys who are two-dimensional.”
Kansas State opens with South Dakota on Sept. 5. For Hubener, it could be a debut in more ways than one.
Brett Hundley shines in final game as UCLA leads Kansas State 31-6 in Alamo Bowl
Hundley plays his best in bowl games. During last year’s Sun Bowl, the quarterback threw for 226 yards and a touchdown while adding 161 more yards on the ground with a pair of touchdowns.
The junior could duplicate the performance with a strong second-half effort. Hundley competed 11 of 20 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 57 yards and the pair of aforementioned touchdowns.
If the score isn’t any indication, history indicates the contest is already over for the Wildcats.
This is Brett Hundley’s 8th career game w/ 2 Rush TD. UCLA won the previous 7, all by double-digits, and scored at least 35 points in all 7.
To make the second half more interesting, the Wildcats’ primary concern will be to take away the Bruins’ rushing attack. It wasn’t simply Hundley causing Kansas State problems. Running back Paul Perkins, the Pac-12’s leading rusher, carried the ball 11 times for 86 yards, which included a 32-yard touchdown romp.
Bill Snyder‘s squad must force Hundley to beat them through the air to slow the Bruins offense.
Kansas State, meanwhile, needs more from its quarterback. Senior Jake Waters hasn’t played like the quarterback seen during the team’s previous three contests. After completing nearly 74 percent of his passes against the West Virginia Mountaineers, Kansas Jayhawks and Baylor Bears, Waters is only 9-of-19 passing for 89 yards with an interception.
As the second half resumes, it’s all about about Hundley showcasing his talents for the next level.
No. 6 Baylor beats No. 9 Kansas State, but is it enough?
If Baylor finds itself disappointed tomorrow, it could find itself replaying two sequences in its green and gold mind for the next nine months.
Already leading No. 9 Kansas State 7-0 midway through the first quarter, Baylor missed a golden chance to push the lead to 14-0 when Bryce Petty was intercepted by Randall Evans inside the Wildcats’ end zone. Then, leading 38-20 late in the third quarter, Baylor pushed Kansas State into a 3rd-and-17 at its own three-yard line when Jake Waters found Tyler Lockett for an 18-yard completion. Kansas State scored 10 plays later to pull within 38-27.
The Bears held on for a 38-27 victory, and an 11-point win over a top-10 team in a game where you never trailed (game control!), is a solid victory but, in chasing No. 3 TCU and No. 5 Ohio State, who both will take big victories into Sunday, solid may not be good enough. A 38-27 win is good, but a 45-20 win is even better – and would represent an improvement over the Frogs’ 41-20 win over K-State earlier this season.
The good news? If No. 6 is as high as Baylor rises this season, it’s still a grand slam of a season. Baylor is back-to-back Big 12 champions. It’s 26-3 in its last 29 games. It’s won 16 straight home games.
Oh, and its got a pretty darn good quarterback.
Petty was a ninth-grade science teacher on Saturday night, dissecting creatures all over the place. He set a career high with 34 completions – on only 40 attempts – 412 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Baylor rushed 37 times for 172 times and four touchdowns and out-gained Kansas State 584-403.
And while we’re at it, Baylor was never seriously threatened on Saturday night. They jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and never allowed the Wildcats closer than seven points. Xavien Howard put the game away by intercepting Waters at his own 19, allowing the Bears to evaporate the final 5:08.
If not for a titanic effort by Lockett (14 catches for 158 yards and a touchdown) this was a blowout.
But, it wasn’t A 38-27 win is the result Baylor will live with, for the next 13 hours and beyond. It’s good enough to clinch a share of the Big 12 championship, but is it enough for the College Football Playoff selection committee?
We’ll find out soon enough.
No. 9 Baylor leading, but not dominating, No. 9 K-State at the half
Here’s the ridiculous standard No. 6 Baylor is playing against tonight: the Bears lead No. 9 Kansas State 24-14 at the half, and they have to wonder if it’s going to be good enough.
Baylor jumped out to a 14-0 lead on one-yard plunges by Bryce Petty and Shock Linwood, but it could have been worse as Petty was intercepted in the Kansas State end zone by Randall Evans.
Kansas State dented the scoreboard in the second quarter with a one-yard plunge of its own by Charles Jones, but the Bears responded with a 70-yard drive (its fourth of the half), punctuated by a two-yard Johnny Jefferson run. Jake Waters hit Zach Trujillo for a 36-yard catch-and-run to pull the Wildcats back within one score, but Baylor responded with a 46-yard field goal by Chris Callahan as time expired.
Baylor has won 15 straight at home and 29 straight when leading at the half.
Kansas State is playing very conservatively on defense, and Petty has responded by completing 24-of-29 passes for 260 yards and that interception.
Overall, Baylor has out-gained K-State 375-179.
Kansas State will get the ball to open the second half.
A statistical snapshot of the week that was in college football…
.2 — Yards per attempt for USF on its 22 carries in Friday’s 16-0 loss to UCF.
.611 – Winning percentage of visiting teams in Pac-12 road games (33-21) this season. The four teams ranked in last week’s Associated Press Top 25 (Oregon, UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona) have a combined overall road record of 19-3 (.864).
5 — Single-game rushing performances Georgia Southern has placed in the Top 30 all-time at the FBS level this season alone. Those are No. 2 (613, vs. Georgia State), No. 3 (564, vs. Savannah State), No. 21 (421, vs. Troy), T-No. 22 (419, vs. New Mexico State) and No. 30 (408, Appalachian State).
5 — Times during their 124 meetings Minnesota and Wisconsin have faced each other when both teams are ranked (1954, 1962, 1999, 2005, 2014).
6 — Consecutive losses to end the regular season for Kentucky after it began the season 5-1, leaving the Wildcats one win shy of bowl-eligibility. UK was also 0-4 after the announcement of a contract extension for head coach Mark Stoops.
6-0 — UCF’s home record in 2014, its first perfect season at home since 2001.
7 — Consecutive seasons Alabama, Nebraska and Oregon have won at least nine games, the only teams in the country that can make that claim.
7 — More wins Western Michigan and Air Force have in 2014 (8-4 and 9-3, respectively) than they did in 2013 (1-11 and 2-10, respectively), the biggest turnarounds this season. TCU (4-8 last year, 10-1 this year) could reach that mark with a win in Week 15, while Memphis (9-3 in 2014, 3-9 in 2013) could do it in a bowl game.
12 — Bowl-eligible teams for the SEC, a conference record. The only teams from the 14-team league that failed to qualify for the postseason were Kentucky and Vanderbilt.
12 — Consecutive games in which Jake Waters has thrown for 200 yards or more, the longest such streak during Bill Snyder‘s tenure at Kansas State.
12 — Points scored by Northern Illinois off of Western Michigan’s six turnovers in NIU’s 31-21 win Friday.
13 — Consecutive games in which TCU has scored 30 or more points, the longest such streak at the FBS level.
14 — Interceptions this season by Louisville’s Gerod Holliman, tying the FBS record set by Washington’s Al Worley in 1968.
15 — Combined touchdown passes for Marshall and Western Kentucky in Friday’s 67-66 game; Army has thrown 15 touchdown passes the last four seasons combined.
16 — Consecutive home wins for Alabama, the longest such streak in the country. Baylor is next with 15 straight, followed by Florida State (14) and Boise State (14).
16 — Consecutive seasons Boise State has won eight or more games, the longest such streak in the country. The Broncos went 6-5 in 1998 prior to starting their streak.
17 — Interceptions this season for Florida State’s Jameis Winston in 392 attempts, the most for any Power Five quarterback. During his Heisman-winning 2013 season, Winston threw 10 interceptions in 384 attempts.
18 — Players in FBS history to run for 2,000-plus yards in the season, with Indiana’s Tevin Coleman becoming the most recent. Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon had already surpassed that mark earlier this season.
19-4 — Kansas State’s record vs. Kansas under Bill Snyder, including a 19-1 record since 1993. Prior to Snyder’s arrival, KU held a 59-23-5 advantage on K-State in the in-state rivalry.
23 — College GameDay appearances, home, road and neutral sites, for Alabama since Nick Saban took over as head coach in 2007, the most of any other team. Oregon is next with 18 in that span, followed by LSU (16), Ohio State (13), and Oklahoma and Florida (12 each).
25 — Point deficit Rutgers overcame in 41-38 win over Maryland, the largest comeback in school history. The previous largest was 24 against Vanderbilt in 2004.
38 — Yards for Melvin Gordon in a Week 2 win over FCS-level Western Carolina, averaging 2.2 yards on his 17 carries. In his other 11 games, all against FBS competition, Gordon is averaging 202 yards per game and 8.3 yards per carry.
39 — Number of wins for Duke in David Cutcliffe‘s six-plus years as head coach. It’s also the number of wins the football program had in the previous 17 years prior to Cutcliffe’s arrival in 2008.
40 — Consecutive games Texas Tech has totaled at least 325 yards of total offense, the longest such streak in the country.
42 — Yards on a second-quarter completion by Navy’s Keenan Reynolds in a win over South Alabama, his only completion in four attempts in a game that helped the service academy become bowl-eligible.
43 — Years since Memphis won a conference title before clinching at least a share of the AAC in Week 14.
45 — Touchdowns responsible for in 2014 (34 passing, 11 rushing) for Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, breaking the Big Ten record of 42 set by Purdue’s Drew Brees in 1998 (39 passing, three rushing).
95 — Non-offensive touchdowns for Kansas State since 1999, the most of any FBS team in that span.
100 — Graduation rate percentage for Duke, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Stanford football for the most recent academic year, the only FBS programs that can make that claim.
124 — Including Saturday, games played in the Minnesota-Wisconsin series, the most-played rivalry at the FBS level. It’s also the longest-running, consecutively-played rivalry at 108 straight; Clemson-South Carolina at 106 straight is the second-longest.
133 — Points scored in the Western Kentucky-Marshall football game, more than the the combined score of the former’s basketball game Thanksgiving Day (121) or the latter’s Black Friday hoops contest (127).
222 — Rushing yards as a team for Western Kentucky in its win over Marshall, even as Leon Allen had 237 on his own. The only other Hilltopper credited with a run was quarterback Brandon Doughty, whose statline read two carries for minus-15 yards.
317 — Number of yards rushing Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine ran for in the second and third quarters alone in his record-setting 427-yard rushing performance in Week 13.
320.2 — Logan Woodside‘s pass efficiency rating in Toledo’s 52-16 win over Eastern Michigan Friday. Woodside, who came into the game with a 131.2 rating, completed 14-of-18 passes for 323 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.
340— Consecutive games Nebraska has sold-out Memorial Stadium, a streak that dates back to Nov. 3, 1962.
381 — After replacing the injured Reggie Bonnafon, career-high passing yards for Louisville freshman Kyle Bolin in the 44-40 win over Kentucky. Bolin, who entered the 2014 season as the Cardinals’ No. 3 quarterback, entered Saturday’s game with 35 career passing yards.
456 — Passing yards for Auburn’s Nick Marshall in the Iron Bowl loss to Alabama, his first career 400-yard passing game. In fact, it was just his second career 300-yard passing game, with the first (339) coming Sept. 14 of last year vs. Mississippi State.
469 — Rushing yards for Arkansas State in its 68-35 rout of New Mexico State. Three different Red Wolves players rushed for 100-plus yards: quarterback Fredi Knighten (153) and running backs Michael Gordon (143) and Johnston White (110). Knighten and Gordon combined for eight touchdowns as well, two passing and two rushing for the former and three rushing and one receiving for the latter.
598 — Passing yards for Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes in the two-point loss to Baylor, setting a Big 12 freshman record. The previous record of 462 was set last season by Tech quarterback Davis Webb, whose injury earlier this season opened the starting door for Mahomes. It was also the fourth-highest single-game total in Red Raider history.
1,074 — Rushing yards in 2014 for Boston College’s Tyler Murphy, breaking the single-season ACC record for a quarterback of 1,061 set by Clemson’s Woodrow Dantzler in 2001.
1,773 — Yards passing for Washington State’s Luke Falk in the four games since Connor Halliday went down with a season-ending injury. That’s more than nine FBS teams had in 12 games this season, and nearly more than a 10th (Wisconsin, 1,774).
1933-35 — Last time a Big Ten team (Minnesota) went three straight years without a regular-season loss in conference play prior to Ohio State pulling that trick in 2012-14. The Buckeyes are also the first team ever to produce no ties or losses in conference contests over a three-year period in Big Ten history.
1940s — Last decade in which Indiana had a winning record over Purdue in the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket (7-3). With Saturday’s win, the Hoosiers now have a 3-2 record in the rivalry game in the 2010s.
1968 — Prior to CBS airing it Saturday, the last year the Mississippi State-Ole Miss Egg Bowl was aired on a broadcast network, with that network being NBC.
1983 — Last season LSU played on Thanksgiving Day prior to Thursday’s win over Texas A&M. The Tigers have played on Turkey Day a total of 26 times in their history, the first coming in 1899.
1986 — Last season Arizona State (No. 13) and Arizona (No. 15) both entered the Territorial Cup as ranked teams prior to this year’s rivalry game.
1998 — Last season prior to this year that Arizona won at least 10 games in the regular season. It’s also just the second time ever 116-year history of the program the Wildcats have pulled off that feat.
2,260 — Rushing yards in 2014 for Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, surpassing the Big Ten single-season record of 2,109 of former UW running back Ron Dayne in 1996. Gordon’s total currently stands fourth-best in FBS history, behind only Oklahoma State’s Barry Sanders (2,628 in 1988), UCF’s Kevin Smith (2,567 in 2007) and USC’s Marcus Allen (2,342 in 1981).
3,387 — Career rushing yards for Miami’s Duke Johnson, breaking the school record of 3,331 yards set by Ottis Anderson.