After falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter, the Kansas University football team did all it could to fight back, but six turnovers, several costly penalties and more drops by wide receivers proved to be too much for the Jayhawks to overcome during a 31-10 victory by Kansas State at Memorial Stadium.
The victory dropped KU to 3-9 overall and 1-8 in the Big 12 and improved K-State to 7-5 overall and 5-4 in Big 12 play.
The Wildcats now have won five straight in the series and are 17-4 in the past 21 meetings.
KSU will now await its postseason fate while the Jayhawks limp into another offseason.
Saturday's game was the final home game for 23 KU seniors.
Stay tuned to KUsports.com for more throughout the afternoon.
HOW THEY SCORED
First Quarter 7:50 — Zach Trujillo 35 pass from Jake Waters. Ian Patterson kick. A Montell Cozart interception on KU's second drive of the day set the Wildcats up with with great field position for the second time and this time they capitalized on a 54-yard, three-play scoring drive that took 1:19. On the touchdown, Waters faked a run through a huge hole in the middle and when the KU defense committed he simply flipped it over the top to his wide open tight end. (KSU 7, KU 0).
0:42 — John Hubert 21 run. Patterson kick. After a rough first possession, the K-State offense started executing and seemingly never stopped. This drive, which spanned 67 yards in four plays and 1:36 featured three runs from Hubert, who ran inside, outside and up the middle for the score. (KSU 14, KU 0).
Second Quarter 14:50 — Glenn Gronkowski 28 pass from Waters. Patterson kick. After forcing the KU offense to punt from deep in its own end yet again, the Wildcats took over at the KU 34 and then scored three plays and 14 seconds later on the same play that netted the Wildcats their first touchdown, albeit with a different receiver. (KSU 21, KU 0).
3:53 — Jimmay Mundine 11 pass from Jake Heaps. Ron Doherty kick. After getting another stand from its defense, KU finally got going on offense, when Jake Heaps hit four of five passes during the seven-play, 51-yard scoring drive that took 2:06 and featured a nice play-action pass on fourth-and-two from the 11. (KSU 21, KU 7).
1:06 — Ron Doherty 31 field goal. A big-time special teams play by Victor Simmons, who stripped KSU's Zach Nemechek on a short kickoff and Josh Ford recovered, giving KU hope and possession in KSU territory. Nine plays and 28 yards later, Doherty doinked a field goal off the right upright and through to pull the Jayhawks to within 10. (KSU 21, KU 10).
Third Quarter 3:10 — Jake Waters 15 run. Patterson kick. With Kansas driving and looking to cut K-State's lead to a one-score margin, KSU's Dante Barnett intercepted a bobbled ball by Jimmay Mundine and set up the score that proved to be the knockout blow. Instead of driving to cut the KSU lead to 21-13 or 21-17, KU watched Waters sprint in from 15 yards out to push the lead to 18 with just over a quarter to play. Waters dive at the pile-on to get the touchdown initially was called out at the 1 but was overturned by replay. (KSU 28, KU 10).
Fourth Quarter 7:21 — Ian Patterson 31 field goal. After Jake Heaps' third interception of the day, K-State tacked on three more points and pushed its lead back to the three-touchdown margin it established in the first quarter on the chip-shot kick from Patterson. The drive covered eight yards in six plays and took 2:01 off the clock. (KSU 31, KU 10).
KU falls to K-State and finishes the season 3-9 overall and 1-8 in Big 12 play.
Blocked K-State field goal (Keon Stowers) keeps margin at 18 points... KU takes over needing a miracle.