It was a frigid day of record breaking at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, but it wasn’t enough to maintain the Kansas State Wildcats’ (6-5, 4-4 Big 12) four game win streak as they fell 41-31 to the No. 20 Oklahoma Sooners (9-2, 6-2 Big 12).
The most notable of all the accolades was Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops’ 158th career win, making him the all-time winningest coach, surpassing former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer. Despite the title and attempted Gatorade bath, Stoops insisted in a post-game interview that the win was the same as any other, regardless of his history under K-State head coach Bill Snyder.
K-State wide receiver Tyler Lockett was easily the brightest point for the Wildcats, beating his own single-game career record with 12 catches for 278 receiving yards. His 162 yards on kick returns brought his all-purpose total to 440, surpassing Darren Sproles’ record set in 2003. Lockett also had three receiving touchdowns in the game, bringing his total up to five for the season. With one game left in conference play, Lockett is sitting at 56 carries for 825 receiving yards.
Wildcat quarterback Jake Waters had four touchdowns and threw for 348 yards in the game. Waters’ yards are the most in a game since Josh Freeman threw for 478 yards, also against the Sooners, back in 2008. This also marked the first time a K-State quarterback has thrown for 300 or more yards in a game, since Collin Klein threw for 323 last season against West Virginia.
The Sooners had a star in Brennan Clay who had two touchdowns and a rushing career-high of 200 yards.
Sooner freshman defensive back, Zach Sanchez also had a notable game with a fate-sealing interception and 74 yard touchdown return for the Sooners in the fourth quarter.
Wildcat fans were biting their nails early on, despite a sack from Ryan Mueller, as the Sooners jumped into the fray with a 12 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Trevor Knight to receiver Sterling Shepard, with 8:26 left in the first quarter. After a successful point after attempt by Michael Hunnicutt, the Sooners led 7-0.
After a brief time of possession, the K-State would punt the ball back to Oklahoma, before a pass interception and 21 yard return by Wildcat defensive back Randall Evans. This would be the last time K-State would see the ball until about four minutes into the second quarter.
The Sooners were all about the running game for the first third of the second quarter, amassing 55 yards in 8 plays before gaining a touchdown from Knight and successful point after attempt.
The Wildcats quickly responded with 48 yard touchdown pass from Waters to Lockett and follow up point from kicker Ian Patterson, bringing the score up to 14-7. The Wildcats would score two more times in the half, both with touchdown passes from Waters to Lockett for a combined 120 yards.
By the end of the half, Oklahoma would score twice more, with a touchdown and 30 yard field goal, giving the Sooners a 24-21 lead.
Returning from halftime, both teams trudged through the third quarter with long drives, until Oklahoma lit up the scoreboard with another field goal near the 10:30 minute mark. The Wildcats would follow suit with a 28 yard field goal attempt, finally narrowing the gap and finishing the quarter at 27- 24.
The game took a sudden turn in the fourth quarter as the Sooners stepped on the gas with another field goal and a 30 yard return by Jalen Saunders after a shallow 30 yard punt from K-State, putting the Sooners into scoring range. It was only a matter of seconds before Clay rushed three yards for a touchdown.
Things only got worse for the Wildcats as Saunders intercepted a pass from Waters and came away with a 74 yard touchdown, creating a comfortable distance for the Sooners at 41- 24.
The Wildcats would end up eating a lot of clock before finally scoring with a rushing touchdown from Waters. The successful point after attempt would be the last points in the game as K-State ran out of steam in the fourth quarter, with a final score of 41-31.
K-State will finish their regular season in the annual Sunflower Showdown with rival KU at 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, next Saturday. FOX Sports 1 will broadcast the game.