The Kansas State Wildcats were in complete and total control in their 31-14 win over the Michigan Wolverines in the Buffalo Wild Wings bowl from the opening drive until the clock hit triple zeroes. Bill Snyder improves his bowl record to 7-8 as Kansas State wins their first bowl game since the 2002 Holiday Bowl and snaps a four-game losing streak.
Kansas State used a 14-play drive to cover 75 yards and chewed up 7:41 minutes off the clock after quarterback Jake Waters found Tyler Lockett for a six-yard touchdown. This was a sign of things to come as Lockett would finish with 10 receptions for 116 yards and three touchdowns as Kansas State improved to 8-5 while Michigan fell to 7-6.
All three of Lockett’s scores came in the first half as the Wildcats took a 21-3 lead at halftime and Michigan was completely deflated and became a one-dimensional team in the second half and looked ready for the offseason to begin. In other words Brady Hoke’s players looked like they had quit.
Shane Morris made his first career start in place of the injured Devin Gardner and had a couple nice throws but was by and large limited and didn’t have much success downfield. He was 21/35 passing for 157 yards passing and an interception that came toward the end of the fourth quarter.
He was not helped out by the No. 101 ranked rushing offense of Michigan as the Wolverines has 22 yards rushing until Morris had a 40-yard run with 1:26 remaining in the fourth quarter with Michigan trailing by 25.
Michigan has to find a way to run the football next season if they are to return to the standard that Michigan is accustomed to having in Ann Arbor.
Jeremy Gallon had nine receptions for 89 yards and threw a two-point conversion toss after a Fitz Toussaint touchdown run made it 31-12 with 1:15 remaining to make the final score look a little less lopsided.
Game ball is split between Kansas State’s Waters who was 21/27 passing with 274 yards and three touchdowns and Lockett who had his seventh 100-yard game of the year and third game with three touchdowns.