K-State Drops Close Decision to 2/2 Baylor, 31-24




8-0 (5-0 Big 12)

3-5 (0-5 Big 12)

J. Stidham (QB): 23-33, 419yds, 3TD
S. Linwood (RB): 13car, 72yds 0TD
C. Coleman (WR): 11rec 216yds, 2TD

J. Hubener (QB): 12-21, 151yds, 1TD
J. Hubener (QB): 29car, 153yds 2TD
K. Cook (WR): 6rec 71yds, 0TD

TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
Baylor 14 7 7 3 31
K-State 7 0 3 14 24

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State rallied for 14 points in the fourth quarter to pull within a touchdown, but a late interception helped No. 2/2 Baylor hold on for a 31-24 win in front of a sold-out Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Thursday night. 

The 31 points were the fewest scored by the Bear offense since scoring 27 at West Virginia during the 2014 season. 

True freshman quarterback Jarret Stidham led the way for the Bears in his first-career start, going 23-for-33 for 419 yards and three touchdowns. Stidham also added a score on the ground. Wide receiver Corey Coleman recorded 216 receiving yards and two touchdowns. 

Quarterback Joe Hubener led the way for the Wildcats, rushing for a career-high 153 yards on a career-high 29 attempts with two touchdowns. He also added 151 yards through the air, going 12-for-21 with a touchdown pass. Wide-out Kody Cook also had a career night receiving, leading all Wildcat wide receivers with a career-high 71 yards on a career-high six catches. 

Sophomore Sean Newlan led all Wildcat defenders with nine tackles. Junior linebacker Will Davis recorded his first sack, in the first half, while fellow junior Donnie Starks posted a career-high two pass breakups. 

Baylor (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) opened the scoring on its opening drive, capping off a seven-play, 81-yard drive in 1:46 with a one-yard touchdown run by Stidham to give the Bears a 7-0 lead. The 1-yard touchdown run was the first score of the true freshman’s career. 

The Wildcats (3-5, 0-5 Big 12) answered with a touchdown on the next drive as Hubener scored from a yard out to tie the game at 7-7. The drive went for 88 yards on 17 plays and was highlighted by two successful fourth-down conversions to keep the drive alive. It was also the longest drive in terms of time since a 9 minute, 54 second touchdown drive against Washington in the 1999 Holiday Bowl. 

Stidham threw his first career touchdown pass four plays later, connecting with K.D. Cannon on a 55-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 14-7. Running back Shock Linwood rushed three times for 20 yards to set up the touchdown pass. 

The Bears wasted no time after a Hubener interception as Stidham connected with Coleman on an 81-yard touchdown pass at the 7:06 mark of the second quarter. The 81-yard touchdown reception was the longest Coleman’s career. 

K-State scored on its opening drive of the second half as placekicker Jack Cantele connected on a 36-yard field goal to cut the lead to 11 at 21-10. The drive was highlighted by a 31-yard reception by Cook. 

Coleman scored his second touchdown of the night for the Bears on a 3-yard pass from Stidham to give Baylor a 28-10 lead with 5:10 remaining in the third quarter. Coleman was targeted three times on the drive, including the touchdown, for 48 yards. 

Baylor extended its lead to 31-10 with 12:20 remaining in the fourth quarter as placekicker Chris Callahan hit a 39-yard field goal to cap off a 15-play, 58-yard drive. 

Hubener scored his eighth rushing touchdown of the season to pull the Wildcats within 14 points at 31-17 as the quarterback took the ball 34 yards for the score with 9:47 remaining in the game. The 34-yard rush was the longest of Hubener’s career. 

The Wildcats scored a touchdown on their next possession as Hubener hooked up with Deante Burton for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 4:07 left in the game to push the score to 31-24. Fullback Winston Dimel’s 46-yard reception highlighted the scoring drive for the ‘Cats. 

Kansas State returns to action on Saturday, November 14 as the team travels to Lubbock, Texas, to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT and will be aired nationally on Fox Sports 1.