K-State defeated 31-21 by No. 2 Oklahoma

Despite being nearly 20-point underdogs against No. 2 Oklahoma Saturday, the Wildcats gave the Sooners all they wanted as K-State was defeated 31-21. K-State got another strong effort out of quarterback Dylan Meier and a breakout performance from linebacker Marvin Simmons.

History has a way of repeating itself, and for a while at KSU Stadium Saturday it looked as if that was going to happen.

However a complete 60 minute effort was needed if Kansas State was to have any chance of defeating the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners, K-State head coach Bill Snyder said.

But after leading 21-17 at one time in the third quarter, K-State was held out of the endzone in the fourth quarter and defeated 31-21 to extend its losing streak to three games.

K-State trailed just 24-21 going into the fourth quarter but was unable to get anything going on offense and surrendered a crucial fourth quarter touchdown pass from Jason White to Mark Clayton on third down with seven minutes to go.

In fact, offensively, the Wildcats were shut out in the second half. The only second half K-State score came on a 28-yard interception return by sophomore linebacker Brandon Archer in the third quarter.

Snyder said it all goes back to playing a complete game, something he said the Wildcats (2-4, 0-3 Big 12) have yet to do this season.

"If you're going to play Oklahoma you better play for 60 minutes," he said. "You can't play 30 minutes or 45 minutes. You have to play 60 minutes. We did some good things on defense. We did some good things on offense, and we did some good things on special teams. But we didn't do them for 60 minutes.

"This isn't hard to figure out. We just are not good enough for 60 minutes right now in any facet of what we do. And that doesn't preclude that we could be. It's like what you would tell your children. If I've seen you do it, then I know you can do it. Now, the deal is, will you do it every single day?"

One of the bright spots on offense was the play of sophomore Dylan Meier who was 20-of-38 for 242 yards and a one touchdown. Backup quarterback Allen Webb was 1-of-3 for four yards late the game after Meier left with an undisclosed injury.

In fact, that was all of K-State's offense. The Wildcats finished with 247 total offensive yards.

Yes, that means K-State had one net yard on the ground.

The Wildcats opened the game in a spread offense and stuck with it nearly all day. Snyder said he chose to do that because it's all that worked early on.

"We had a little success to begin with," he said. "It got us some points on the board, so that's how we had to go. It wasn't necessarily our idea all week to come in a pass it that much."

But despite not planning to throw it so much and abandon the running game, Snyder said he knew going in that Oklahoma wasn't a team that he could mount 90-yard drives on.

"Field position was not very good, and we needed to get some big plays. If you're going to beat that football team, you're going to need some big plays. That's how we won the ballgame last year in Kansas City. I just didn't feel like we could have those 20-play drives with the running game."

It was the passing game that got the points. In the first quarter, after the K-State defense held, Meier guided the offense down the field going 4-of-6 for 51 yards before Darren Sproles scored from one yard out. It was Sproles' 40th career touchdown, which tied him with Ell Roberson for tops in school history.

Then when K-State was driving and in OU territory, Meier was blindsided on a blitz and dropped the ball. The Sooners recovered the ball on their own 39 yard line and responded by scoring on a 17-yard pass from White to Travis Wilson to tie the game.

K-State came back out and scored on its next possession with Meier connected with sophomore receiver Yamon Figurs from 38 yards out to take the lead again at 14-7.

"Jermaine ran a perfect route to get me open and Dylan read it really well," said Figurs, who had six receptions for 80 yards in the game. "He just threw the ball right there to an open spot and we made a play."

However, after fighting to a three-point deficit at the half at 17-14, K-State quickly shot itself in the foot on the opening play series of the third quarter. Meier completed what would have been a six yard gain to Brian Casey, but the senior tight end fumbled the ball and OU took over at the Wildcats' 40.

Oklahoma worked the ball downfield to the K-State 23 just before K-State senior defensive end Scott Edmonds blocked OU's Trey DiCarlo's field goal attempt. The Wildcats recovered the ball on their own 5.

With the loss, K-State now essentially has a five game season ahead of it. Next week, K-State welcomes Nebraska to town. Then, it doesn't get any easier with Texas Tech the week after.

But despite K-State's record through the first six contests, Snyder said he hopes whatever progress might have been made, that it carries over somewhere.

"As I said, we are not a good enough football to beat the University of Oklahoma today," he said. "But I can tell you that we are probably as better football team that we were a week ago. I can you that our players entered this ball game with a somewhat sound belief that they had a chance. I think that they competed, and there was spirit. The deal is if it carries over or not.

"Because I think I said the same thing at the end of the Texas A&M game, and then again last week. We just have to see."



  • Junior linebacker Marvin Simmons recorded a career-high 13 tackles against OU. Simmons started at middle linebacker Saturday in place of the injured Ted Sims and Matt Butler. Brandon Archer and Maurice Thurmond both started on the outside.
  • K-State held true freshman OU running back Adrian Peterson out of the endzone. However, he had 36 carries for 130 yards.
  • Sproles finished the day with 13 carries for 34 yards and one TD. His longest carry of the day was for 12 yards and he averaged 2.6 yards per carry.
  • Sophomore receiver Jermaine Moreira had seven receptions for 85 yards. Tony Madison contributed with four catches for 37 yards. Casey, who had a third quarter fumble, had three receptions for 29 yards.
  • Punter Tim Reyer punted six times for a 40. 3 yard average. Jesse Martinez, who fumbled a snap at the end of the third quarter, punted twice for 36.5 yard average.
  • Archer, who scored his first career touchdown with his third quarter interception, also record double-digit tackles with 10. Thurmond had eight.

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