No. 11 K-State Earns Win No. 500 in 23-0 Shutout
No. 11 K-State Earns Win No. 500 in 23-0 Shutout
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Football notched its fourth-straight victory, shutting out Texas 23-0 in front of 52,879 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Held to only 196 total yards of offense, the Longhorns were handed their first shutout since 2004 by the No. 11-ranked Wildcats, who became bowl eligible for the 18th time in program history.
Along with earning bowl eligibility, K-State notched its 500th victory in program history with the win over Texas. An impressive feat, as the first 93 years of the program, prior to 1989, saw the Wildcats notch 299 victories, an average of 3.2 wins per year, but since then have totaled 201 victories in 26 years – good for 7.7 wins per year.
A defensive affair that saw K-State lead 13-0 at the half, the Wildcats stymied a Texas offensive unit that came into the contest averaging 370 yards of total offense per game, including 144.4 yards on the ground. Highlighted by strong efforts from Jonathan Truman and Dante Barnett, who had eight and seven tackles, respectively, with the latter also pitching in four pass break ups, K-State allowed 90 yards rushing on 27 attempts en route to its first shutout since Sept. 17, 2011 – a 37-0 victory over Kent State – and first conference shutout since Nov. 8, 2003 – 45-0 at Iowa State.
The Wildcats (6-1, 4-0 Big 12) are now 4-0 Big 12 play for the third time in the past four seasons under head coach Bill Snyder, while Texas (3-5, 2-3) finished the month of October with a 1-3 record and dropped its fourth-straight contest in Manhattan. For K-State, the victory pushes its record to 9-6 in the all-time series, including winning six of the last seven match-ups, as the Wildcats remain the only Big 12 foe to lead an overall series against the Longhorns.
Disciplined play once again played a major role in the Wildcats remaining unbeaten in Big 12 play, as they committed zero turnovers and committed only 3 penalties for 25 yards. On the other hand, Texas coughed up a fumble, as well as failed to convert from fourth-and-one at K-State’s 14, and racked up 66 yards on seven penalties. The Longhorns were out-possessed 39:14 to 20:46, and were also unable to convert their two red zone possessions to points, while allowing K-State to go 4-for-4 inside the 20.
Jake Waters once again put in a spirited effort, leading the K-State offense with 224 yards through the air on 19-of-30 passing, including connecting with Tyler Lockett eight times for 103 yards, who moved into third in school history in career receptions (186), and Deante Burton and Curry Sexton four times each for 55 and 38 yards, respectively. K-State’s scoring came via a perfect and career-best three-for-three day by kicker Matthew McCrane, as well as short scores by both DeMarcus Robinson and Charles Jones on the ground. The ground game duo of Robinson and Jones combined to account for 99 yards and 29 carries.
The Wildcats, who averaged 3.3 yards on the ground, battled to outgain the Texas offense 367-to-196 in total yards. Longhorn signal-caller Tyron Swoopes, fresh off of racking up 416 yards of total offense versus Iowa State, was contained to 137 total yards, while halfbacks Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown were held to 24 and 21 yards rushing, respectively.
With the victory, K-State will look to crack the national top-10 for the first time since 2012.
HOW IT HAPPENED | First Half
• Forcing a three-and-out on the game’s opening drive that included two Texas false start penalties, K-State took advantage of decent field position at its own 31-yard line to grab a 3-0 lead. The 11-play, 67-yard drive chewed up 6:13 off the clock, as Matthew McCrane hit his first of three field goals on the day, this one from 19 yards out.
• Despite consecutive three-and-outs from its offense, the Texas defense limited the damage to another K-State field goal, as McCrane was good from 30 yards. The Wildcat drive, which started from the Texas 42-yard line, stalled at the 12, with Waters unable to convert on the ground on third-and-two.
• The Longhorns’ first drive of the second quarter saw them enter the red zone for the first time all game. Threatening inside the red zone, Texas went from the 16-yard line to the 36-yard line and out of field goal range in a matter of three plays. First, a costly holding penalty made it second-and-19, and was soon after followed by a crucial sack by Wildcat linebacker Elijah Lee on third down to make it fourth-and-29.
• After another Longhorn three-and-out, the Wildcats pushed their advantage to 13-0, as DeMarcus Robinson cashed in from three yards out. On the drive, K-State narrowly avoided disaster as Waters recovered a muffed exchange between him and Robinson at the Texas 28. The 12-play, 85-yard drive was highlighted by gains of 24 and 29 through the air from Waters to Curry Sexton and Tyler Lockett, respectively.
HOW IT HAPPENED | Second Half
• Yet to be penalized up until this point, the Wildcats opened the second half with a missed opportunity. On second-and-eight from the K-State 45, Waters appeared to have hit Lockett for 50 yards deep into Texas territory only to have the gain called back due to holding. K-State would threaten during the drive, thanks in large part to a Texas personal foul on third-and-eight, but were eventually forced to punt from the Texas 41.
• Texas saw its first drive of the second half end after a botched reverse between D’Onta Freeman and Jaxon Shipley resulted in a K-State fumble recovery by Valentino Coleman. The Wildcats would capitalize by tacking on another three points, but saw them leave potential points off the board for a second consecutive drive, as a 24-yard Sexton reception to the Longhorn 5-yard line was called back due to offensive holding. Waters would go onto hit Deante Burton for an 18-yard gain on third-and-20, giving McCrane an opportunity to convert from 38 yards out.
• Texas responded with its best drive of the afternoon, pushing the Wildcat defense back to its own 14-yard line. The Longhorns though were unable to come away with points after Jonathan Gray was held to no gain by Jonathan Truman and Dante Barnett on fourth-and-one. The call would go onto be reviewed with the decision on the field being upheld.
• Capitalizing for a second-straight drive, K-State put the contest out of reach with a Charles Jones one-yard plunge to make the score 23-0. The 10-play, 86-yard drive was wrapped up in a quick 3:41, with Waters hitting Lockett for two big gains of 23 and 16 yards – the latter coming on third-and-10 to give the Wildcats a fresh set of downs at the Texas 23.
• The Wildcat defense capped off the shutout by forcing two more Longhorn three-and-outs that combined for eight total yards.
The Wildcats will conclude their short home stand with a date next Saturday, Nov. 1, against Oklahoma State. Selected for the six-day pick by FOX and ABC/ESPN, the time of the game will be announced on Sunday by the Big 12. For more information on next weekend’s game time, visit www.k-statesports.com.