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  Will Howard threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns, Deuce Vaughn ran for 147 yards and a score, and No. 15 Kansas State pounded Kansas 47-27 on Saturday night to earn a shot at payback against TCU in the Big 12 championship game. Malik Knowles added a pair of touchdown runs, and Philip Brooks and Sammy Wheeler also reached the end zone, as the Wildcats (9-3, 7-2, No. 12 CFP) beat their biggest rival for the 14th straight time in a game they needed to win. Kansas State blew a 28-10 lead and lost 38-28 to the Horned Frogs during the regular season. Now, they'll face each other again on Dec. 3 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with a College Football Playoff spot likely on the line for TCU. It will be the first time the Wildcats play in the Big 12 title game, which went on hiatus from 2010-17, since toppling then-No. 1 Oklahoma in 2003 during Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder's first tenure.

The Horned Frogs were beaten by the Sooners in their only previous appearance in the 2017 championship game. Jalon Daniels threw for 168 yards while running for a touchdown, and Devin Neal also had two TD runs, as the Jayhawks - bowl-bound for the first time since 2008 - finished the regular season by losing six of their final seven games. Kansas (6-6, 3-6) made enough mistakes in the first quarter alone Saturday night to fill an entire game. The result was a hole it could never escape. The trouble began when O.J. Burroughs muffed a punt after a nice stand by the Jayhawks' defense, and Knowles needed one play to scoot in from the 5 for a touchdown. And after Kansas answered with a 75-yard scoring drive, its defense blew the coverage on Wheeler on a 42-yard touchdown pass. On the ensuing kickoff, Trevor Wilson was mobbed at the 10-yard line, and another penalty on the return buried the Kansas offense. On third down, Bryce Cabeldue was called for holding in the end zone to give Kansas State a safety. After the free kick, the Wildcats cruised to the end zone again for a 23-7 lead after one quarter. - Kansas State/AP College Football


Jr/2024 RB Deuce VaughnKansas State
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  NOV 21 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brendan Mott, K-State, DE, Jr.,...Mott carded career-highs in tackles (8), solo tackles (5) and sacks (3.0) in K-State's 48-31 win at West Virginia. His sacks total tied for the fourth most in school history and the 12th most in the nation this season. It is the third time this year a Wildcat had 3.0 sacks in a game as K-State is one of only two teams (San Jose State) to have three players with 3.0-sack games this season. Mott also pressured the quarterback on an interception by Cincere Mason that was returned 37 yards for a touchdown. - Big 12 Football

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  Will Howard threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, Cincere Mason returned an interception for a TD and No. 19 Kansas State moved closer to a berth in the Big 12 championship game by beating West Virginia 48-31 on Saturday. Kansas State (8-3, 6-2 Big 12, No. 15 CFP) can clinch a title game spot alongside No. 4 TCU on Dec. 3 with a win in its regular season finale at home against Kansas. West Virginia (4-7, 2-6) failed to become bowl eligible for the second time under fourth-year coach Neal Brown and for only the fourth time since 2000. Both team's quarterbacks played well in a battle among backups. Howard, starting in place of the injured Adrian Martinez, completed 19 of 27 passes for 294 yards. West Virginia's Garrett Greene got the nod ahead of JT Daniels after Greene's solid play in the second half of a win over Oklahoma a week ago. Greene threw three TD passes to Sam James and finished 15 of 27 passes for 204 yards.

He was intercepted twice. Greene also scored on a 13-yard run. Kansas State led 28-19 after the first quarter. Mason's 37-yard interception return put the Wildcats up 14-0 a little more than 3 minutes into the game. Later in the quarter, West Virginia's Malachi Ruffin returned an interception 43 yards for a score. But West Virginia couldn't mount a comeback. By halftime, Kansas State had 312 total yards and led 41-25. It was the highest scoring first half by the Wildcats since scoring 45 against Montana State in 2008, and the most allowed by West Virginia since allowing 56 to Baylor in 2013. The offenses slowed down considerably after halftime. West Virginia ate up nearly nine minutes of clock time on its opening possession of the third quarter, but Casey Legg's 44-yard field goal try fell short, his first miss in 14 attempts this season. He also missed two earlier extra-point kicks. Howard threw a 43-yard TD toss to Malik Knowles in the fourth quarter. He also had a 15-yard scoring pass to Ben Sinnott in the second. - Kansas State/AP College Football


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  NOV 14 BIG 12 CO-NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Drake Cheatum, K-State, S, Sr.,...Cheatum made five tackles and intercepted a pass in K-State's 31-3 win at Baylor. The senior safety led a defense that held the Bears to their lowest-scoring output this season and the fewest points in the history of the series. BU had just 103 yards rushing and 6-of-9 offensive drives gained fewer than 40 yards. - Big 12 Football

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  Will Howard threw for three touchdowns after Adrian Martinez exited with an injury, and No. 23 Kansas State buoyed its Big 12 title hopes with a 31-3 rout of Baylor on Saturday night. The defending conference champion Bears (6-4, 4-3 Big 12) will need help to get back to the championship game after a three-game winning streak had put them back in contention. The Wildcats (7-3, 5-2) went into the game in a three-way tie for second place in the Big 12 with Baylor and No. 18 Texas, which played undefeated and fourth-ranked TCU later. Howard came on after Martinez appeared to injure his lower body getting a first down on a quarterback sneak in the first quarter. The junior who threw four TD passes in a 48-0 victory over then-No. 9 Oklahoma State two weeks ago put the Wildcats ahead 7-0 on the same drive with a 15-yard scoring pass to Ben Sinnott. - Kansas State/AP College Football

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  OCT 31 BIG 12 CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ty Zentner, K-State, P/K, Sr.,...Zentner handled all three kicking duties for K-State for the first time this season. Two of his four punts were downed inside the 20-yard line and five of his nine kickoffs were touchbacks. The senior also connected on both of his field goal attempts, from 23 and 29 yards, and had a 51-yard punt. - Big 12 Football

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  OCT 31 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Will Howard, K-State, QB, Jr.,...In a game-time decision to start after being injured the previous week, Howard tied the school record with four touchdown passes in No. 22 K-State's 48-0 win over No. 9 Oklahoma State. The junior was 21-of-37 for 296 passing yards with no interceptions. His completions and passing yards were both career highs. Howard is the third QB in school history to throw four TD passes in a half as he led the Wildcats to their second win this season over a Top 10 team. - Big 12 Football

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  Adrian Martinez's 48 turnovers while at Nebraska from 2017-21 were most in the nation. Now at Kansas State, Martinez threw an interception and lost a fumble against Texas for his first two turnovers of the season. Among Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks with a minimum of 15 pass attempts per game, Martinez is among six who have committed two or fewer turnovers, according to Sportradar. Martinez's interception came on his 155th pass of the season. He set the school record for most pass attempts into a season before throwing an interception. Chad May went 151 passes without a pick to begin the 1994 season. - AP College Football

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  The Kansas State defense made a huge statement in a matchup of Top 25 teams yesterday. Oklahoma State was averaging 45.7 points per game and 466.9 yards of total offense. The Cowboys left Kansas State with zero points and 217 yards of offense in a 48-0 blanking by the Wildcats. This was the first time since 1992 that Kansas State has shutout the Cowboys. The win vaulted Kansas State to No. 14 and Oklahoma State fell to No. 18. - American Football Coaches Association

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  Will Howard threw for 296 yards and four touchdowns, Deuce Vaughn ran for 158 yards and another score, and No. 22 Kansas State dealt ninth-ranked Oklahoma State its first shutout loss since 2009 with a 48-0 victory Saturday. Kade Warner caught five passes for 97 yards and two scores, and Malik Knowles had eight catches for 113 yards, while a late interception gave the Wildcats (6-2, 4-1 Big 12) their first shutout of the Cowboys since a 10-0 win on Nov. 21, 1992. Oklahoma State's Spencer Sanders was just 13 of 26 for 147 yards with an interception before landing hard on his shoulder midway through the fourth quarter. The star quarterback did not return to the game. Kansas State scored touchdowns on its first two possessions, finished with 495 yards of total offense and held Oklahoma State (6-2, 3-2), which had been the nation's No. 3 scoring offense at 44.7 points per game, to just 217 yards.

The Cowboys' most lopsided loss in nearly 18 seasons under coach Mike Gundy was also their first shutout loss to anyone since Nov. 28, 2009, when they lost 27-0 to Oklahoma in the Bedlam game. The Wildcats have had some strangely easy wins over Oklahoma State. The last time a Gundy team was held to 12 points or fewer was in a 31-12 loss in Manhattan in 2018, and the last time the Cowboys trailed any game by at least 38 points was during a 48-14 loss to the Wildcats in 2014. The biggest question surrounding Kansas State was the health of its own quarterback, Adrian Martinez, who played just four snaps in last week's loss to TCU because of a knee injury. And while he warmed up with the starters Saturday, it was the veteran backup Howard who headed out to the field on the opening possession of the game. Howard proceeded to torture the banged-up Cowboys defense for the next 30 minutes. He capped the opening drive by hitting Warner on fourth-and-10 for a 38-yard TD reception. Then, after Vaughn ripped off a 62-yard touchdown run, Howard threw a 31-yard third-down scoring strike to Phillip Brooks to make it 21-0. - Kansas State/AP College Football


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  Kansas State football coach Chris Klieman doesn't know who will start at quarterback for the Wildcats when they play the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. He is hopeful that Nebraska transfer Adrian Martinez will be healthy enough to lead the K-State offense, but it is too early for Klieman to say anything definitive about Martinez's status. "He didn't do anything yesterday," Klieman said of Martinez during his weekly news conference on Tuesday. "I don't know if he will be available." Martinez took every meaningful snap for the Wildcats in their first six games, throwing for 900 yards and four touchdowns on top of rushing for 546 yards and nine touchdowns, but his health status has been a mystery since he suffered a lower-body injury in the first quarter of a 38-28 loss at TCU on Saturday.

He had been dealing with a lingering knee injury since the Iowa State game, and it is suspected that he re-aggravated it against the Horned Frogs. Unable to finish out the game, he spent a few minutes in the locker room with team trainers and then watched the final three quarters from the sideline in full uniform. Klieman didn't share many details about the injury, but he said it wasn't season ending. He went on to say that Martinez will likely get a few days off and then try to lead practice later in the week. If he is able to run at full speed and throw without pain, he will likely play against the Cowboys. If not, the Wildcats will likely turn to Howard. - The Kansas City Star


rSr/2023 RB Adrian MartinezKansas State
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  OCT 10 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: K-State's Josh Hayes led No. 20 K-State's defense in a 10-9 win at Iowa State with 11 tackles, including one for loss, and one pass breakup. The Wildcats held ISU to three field goals and allowed only one series into the red zone. The nine points were the fewest against a Big 12 opponent since the 2018 Texas Tech game (6) and the fewest in a Big 12 road game since the 2016 TCU contest (6). In a tightly contested series against Iowa State, it was the fewest points surrendered to the Cyclones since 2013 (7) and the fewest allowed in Ames since 2003 (0). - Big 12 Football

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  Adrian Martinez passed for 246 yards and rushed for 77, and Chris Tennant kicked a late field goal to lead No. 20 Kansas State to a 10-9 win over Big 12 rival Iowa State on Saturday night. Tennant kicked a 30-yard field goal with 7:14 left in the fourth quarter to rally Kansas State (5-1, 3-0) for the win. The Wildcats' offense was defined by two chaotic plays. The Wildcats scored when Martinez ducked under a potential sack, then heaved the ball to a leaping Phillip Brooks, who maintained his balance and raced downfield for an 81-yard touchdown.

In the second quarter, Martinez found Malik Knowles for a 68-yard gain. But Knowles fumbled before crossing the goal line. Iowa State's Anthony Johnson punched the ball out and Colby Reeder recovered in the end zone. Martinez finished 12-of-19 passing and rushed 19 times. The Cyclone (3-3, 0-3) have scored just one touchdown in their last 20 possessions. Jace Gilbert made three field goals to give Iowa State a 9-7 lead entering the fourth quarter. Gilbert missed three times a week earlier at Kansas, including a potential game-tying kink in the closing seconds. - Kansas State/AP College Football


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  It is beginning to sound like Kansas State will be without one of its most experienced players for the remainder of the season. Will Honas, a 6-foot-2 and 233-pound linebacker from Wichita, is not expected to suit up for the Wildcats anytime soon. "I don't believe so," K-State football coach Chris Klieman said on Tuesday. "I think the injuries that Will has had are probably not going to allow for him to move forward. We are still holding out hope, but he has had quite a bit of damage on some injuries throughout his time." Honas enrolled at K-State in the spring after beginning his college football career at Butler Community College and then spending the next four seasons at Nebraska.

He was expected to make an impact on defense for the Wildcats in his final year of eligibility...if he could stay healthy. But things haven't played out that way. "It has been tough on him, I know that," Klieman said. "He has been at every game and at every practice. It is probably not responding the way he hoped it would." Honas, who suffered multiple season-ending injuries while he was with the Cornhuskers, was limited during preseason practices as he dealt with nagging knee injuries. Those issued lingered into the season, and he has been unable to suit up for any of K-State's first five games. The Wildcats had high hopes for Honas when he decided to transfer to K-State. Honas made 144 tackles, including four sacks, during his time with the Huskers. - The Kansas City Star


rSr/2023 ILB Will HonasKansas State
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  OCT 3 BIG 12 CO-NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Adrian Martinez, K-State, QB, Sr.,...Martinez rushed for a career-high 171 yards and three touchdowns, while he completed 12-of-19 passes for 116 yards and a score in No. 25 K-State's 37-28 win over TTU. His 171 rushing yards were the fifth most in a game in school history and the most since Daniel Sams had 199 rushing yards against Baylor in 2013. Coupled with his 148 rushing yards last week at Oklahoma, it was the first time a K-State quarterback had consecutive 100-yard rushing games since Jesse Ertz in 2016 (106 vs. Iowa State; 153 vs. Oklahoma State), while it was the first time in Martinez's career to have back-to-back 100-yard rushing games. With a 69-yard run and his 55-yarder last week, he became the first K-State player with a run of at least 55 yards in consecutive games since James Johnson in 2007 (66 yards vs. Missouri; 67 yards at Fresno State). It was also the first time in Martinez's 44-game career to have a rush of at least 55 yards in consecutive games. He is one of just three Autonomy 5 quarterbacks over the past 15 seasons to total 300 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns in a two-game span, joining Louisville's Lamar Jackson in 2016 and Auburn's Cam Newton in 2010. - Big 12 Football

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