Baylor traveled to Manhattan, Kansas for its first game away from Waco this season. The Bears, who had not won on the road since 2011, were tested by the Wildcats. Baylor came into the game averaging 779.5 yards and over 70 points per game, but the Bears had trouble getting into rhythm on the road.
Baylor opened the game with great field position following a 31-yard kickoff return by junior wide receiver Clay Fuller and capitalized 12 plays later when junior quarterback Bryce Petty dove into the end zone on fourth and goal from inside the one-yard line.
The Wildcats put together a long drive but stalled on the Baylor nine-yard line when they were stopped on fourth and one. Kansas State forced a Baylor punt on the next drive and then answered to start the second quarter with a score as sophomore quarterback Daniel Sams ran the ball eight consecutive times for 78 yards and a touchdown.
Baylor scored again two drives later on a 93-yard pass from Petty to senior receiver Tevin Reese, but the Wildcats answered. Sams led Kansas State to the Baylor seven-yard line before an incomplete pass forced a field goal attempt.
Two plays later Petty connected on a long pass as Antwan Goodley blew past the defense for a 72-yard touchdown reception.
The Bears took a 21-10 lead to the break, but Kansas State looked to grab the momentum after halftime. The Wildcats started the half with another long drive that ran 6:16 off the clock and resulted in a field goal. The Baylor starting offense, which had only played a total of six drives in the second half so far this year, went three and out before the Wildcats' Weston Hiebert blocked the Baylor punt at the 19-yard line. The Wildcats took advantage of the blocked punt as Sams ran the ball in two plays later and, after a failed two-point conversion, shrunk Baylor’s lead to 21-19.
On the ensuing drive, Kansas State lineback Ryan Mueller forced a sack-fumble of Petty and recovered the ball at the Baylor 44. The Wildcats again took advantage of Baylor's offensive struggles and took the lead with another Sams rushing touchdown.
Petty, who has not played in the fourth quarter this year, connected with Reese on a 54-yard touchdown two plays later, and the Baylor defense took over. The Bears forced a three and out and then held in the red zone to force a missed field goal attempt on the next two Wildcat possessions.
With 4:27 left to go Kansas State took over on its own 28-yard line, down 28-25. Sams was picked off by senior safety Ahmad Dixon at the Kansas State 39 on the second play of the drive. Senior running back Glasco Martin carried the ball five consecutive times for the Bears before cashing it in for another seven points.
The Wildcats held Baylor to only 446 total offensive yards. Petty finished the day completing 12 out of 21 passes. He had 332 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. The Bears had only 114 rushing yards. Martin had 70 yards on 16 carries, and Lache Seastrunk had 59 on 12 carries. Reese had a career-high 184 receiving yards on five catches with two touchdowns, and Goodley had 129 yards with four catches and one touchdown.
Sams finished the day for the Wildcats completing four out of seven passes for 41 yards with one interception, and Jake Waters went six of 14 for 77 yards. Sams led all rushers in the game with 30 carries for 199 yards and three touchdowns. Running back John Hubert had 90 yards on 15 carries.
The Bears' next game will be against Iowa State on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. (ET) while Kansas State will face West Virginia on Oct. 26 (time to be determined.)
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