Manhattan, KS (SportsNetwork.com) – Jake Waters threw for 294 yards with four
touchdowns and also ran for a score to lead No. 11 Kansas State to a 51-13 win
over Kansas in the Sunflower Showdown.
Tyler Lockett had 119 yards on nine receptions with two touchdowns, while
Curry Sexton also caught nine passes for 141 yards and a score for the
Wildcats (9-2, 7-1 Big 12).
Lockett entered the game four receptions (217) and two touchdowns (26) shy of
tying his father, Kevin, for the school record in each category.
Charles Jones caught a touchdown pass from Waters and ran for another in the
Michael Cummings went 16-for-27 for 139 yards with two touchdowns and two
interceptions for the Jayhawks (3-9, 1-8), who have lost six straight meetings
to their in-state rival.
Kansas State, Baylor and TCU are tied atop the Big 12.
The Wildcats wrap up their regular season next Saturday on the road in a
pivotal matchup against Baylor. TCU, meanwhile, will host lowly Iowa State
with both games deciding the Big 12 champion.
Kansas State forced a quick punt of Kansas on the opening possession of the
game, then DeMarcus Robinson’s 35-yard run down to the Jayhawks 14 set up
Waters’ 1-yard touchdown run three plays later.
Dante Barnett got the ball right back for the hosts, intercepting Cummings at
the KU 44. Waters wasted little time putting more points on the board as he
converted a 44-yard strike to Lockett for a 14-0 lead.
Randall Evans then picked off Cummings on Kansas’ ensuing touch, and Matthew
McCrane capped the 12-play, 74-yard drive with a 41-yard field goal.
Following a punt from each team, the Jayhawks finally got on the board with
Cummings tossing a 27-yard TD to Nick Harwell at 8:42 in the second quarter.
The Wildcats blocked the extra point.
Morgan Burns proceeded to return the kickoff 65 yards deep into Kansas
territory. Four plays later, Jones rushed it in from 11 yards out for a 24-6
Lockett hauled in passes of 17 and 11 yards on consecutive plays late in the
half, then concluded the drive with a 6-yard touchdown reception with 47
The Wildcats continued to pour it on in the third. Waters opened the quarter
with a 20-yard pass to Sexton. Kansas State’s signal-caller capped the drive
with a 13-yard TD pass to Jones.
Kansas didn’t give in, however, as it marched down the field for a score on
Cummings’ 19-yard TD toss to Trent Smiley, who recorded the first touchdown of
Waters hit Sexton for a 37-yard touchdown strike later in the third for a
McCrane knocked down a 52-yard field goal early in the fourth, and Jack
Cantele kicked a 39-yard field goal later to account for the final margin.
Kansas still leads the all-time series 64-43-5 … Sexton now has 940
receiving yards for the season. If he records 60 more over the final two
games, he and Lockett will become the first pair of Kansas State receivers to
eclipse over 1,000 yards in the same season … Under head coach Bill Snyder,
the Wildcats are 19-4 against Kansas, including a flawless mark since his
return to the sideline in 2009 … Kansas State outgained its opponent