No. 12 Kansas State entered a frigid Morgantown on senior night and left with a 26-20 win. Both teams combined for five turnovers and Kansas State ran for 7-yards on the night, but it was enough to get the Big 12 win.
Clint Trickett wrapped up his Mountaineer home career throwing 12 of 25 for 112-yards and 2 interceptions. He would leave the game late in the 3rd quarter with an undisclosed injury.
Jake Waters went 22 of 33 for 400-yards and a touchdown.
Tyler Lockett finished with 196-yards on 10 receptions.
Skyler Howard, who came on in relief, ended 15 of 23 for 198-yards and 2 touchdowns.
West Virginia would punt on the opening possession of the game, and it wouldn’t take the Wildcats long to put points on the board. Jake Waters started the KSU drive going 4 of 5 for 65-yards, when he found DeMarcus Robinson for the 7-yard touchdown pass.
7-0 Kansas State.
West Virginia would respond on the next drive with a nice mix of pass and run, but a Wendell Smallwood fumble inside the Kansas State 5-yard line would end the drive.
Kansas State would keep a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Matthew McCrane would connect from 36-yards out extending the Wildcat lead to 10-0 early in the second quarter.
Josh Lambert would get the Mountaineers on the board when he hit from 47-yards out, 10-3 Kansas State.
Tyler Lockett fumbled the kickoff and the Mountaineers would recover on the Wildcat 22-yard line.
In what could been one of the plays of the year, Trickett was looking for Jordan Thompson, and the ball went through his hands. The ball would then go off two different Kansas State defenders and into the hands of Kevin White for the West Virginia touchdown.
However, the play would be reviewed, and the tip of the ball hit the ground, ruled incomplete.
Josh Lambert would come on once again for the 40-yard field goal attempt, but it would be pushed right.
With the half coming to a close, Tyler Lockett took the WVU punt 38-yards for the Kansas State touchdown with 1:12 left in the quarter.
Kansas State leads 17-3.
Clint Trickett would be intercepted with :14 seconds left, but Matthew McCrane would miss on the Kansas State field goal attempt.
At the half, Kansas State leads West Virginia 17-3.
The Mountaineer defense would force a KSU punt to open the second half, but Clint Trickett was intercepted giving it back to the Wildcats early in the third quarter.
McCrane would come on once again for the 44-yard field goal making it 20-3.
Clint Trickett would head to the Mountaineer locker room to be evaluated, reason unknown as of this writing. Skyler Howard would enter the game for West Virginia.
Howard would march the Mountaineers down the field, then connect with Kevin White for the 7-yard touchdown pass.
20-10 Kansas State.
The Mountaineer defense would forced a Wildcat punt, but Vernon Davis muffed the punt with KSU recovering, but West Virginia was called for roughing the punter. WVU would hold Kansas State to another field goal, 23-10.
That would be the score at the end of the third quarter with the Mountaineers at midfield.
West Virginia would move the football, but failed to convert on 4th down giving it back to the Wildcats.
Kansas State would drive the field once again, but McCrane would miss again from 22-yards out.
West Virginia would respond when Skyler Howard found Mario Alford and he did the rest. Alford outran the Wildcat defense for the 53-yard touchdown catch.
23-17 Kansas State with 7:15 remaining.
With 2:52 left, Kansas State would drive once again and McCrane would hit from 33-yards out.
Josh Lambert would add another field goal from 25-yards out with :53 seconds left making it 26-20.
West Virginia would go for the onside kick, but failed to recover.
Final score – Kansas State 26 West Virginia 20.
The loss moves the Mountaineers to 6-5 overall, 4-4 in the Big 12 Conference.
West Virginia will close the regular season next weekend at Iowa State.
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