Recap: Kansas State vs. Kansas
Manhattan, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Waters threw for 294 yards with four touchdowns and also ran for a score to lead No. 11 Kansas State to a 51-13 win over Kansas in the Sunflower Showdown.
Tyler Lockett had 119 yards on nine receptions with two touchdowns, while Curry Sexton also caught nine passes for 141 yards and a score for the Wildcats (9-2, 7-1 Big 12).
"It was awesome for us," Waters said of his connection with Lockett and Sexton. "Tyler (Lockett) had a great game especially with breaking the (receptions) record in front of all our fans cheering us on."
Lockett entered the game four receptions (217) and two touchdowns (26) shy of tying his father, Kevin, for the school record in each category.
Charles Jones caught a touchdown pass from Waters and ran for another in the win.
Michael Cummings went 16-for-27 for 139 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Jayhawks (3-9, 1-8), who have lost six straight meetings to their in-state rival.
Kansas State, Baylor and TCU are tied atop the Big 12.
The Wildcats wrap up their regular season next Saturday on the road in a pivotal matchup against Baylor. TCU, meanwhile, will host lowly Iowa State with both games deciding the Big 12 champion.
"We came out and they jumped all over us," said Kansas coach Clint Bowen. "It was 14-0 before anything even happened and we did not need that."
Kansas State forced a quick punt of Kansas on the opening possession of the game, then DeMarcus Robinson's 35-yard run down to the Jayhawks 14 set up Waters' 1-yard touchdown run three plays later.
Dante Barnett got the ball right back for the hosts, intercepting Cummings at the KU 44. Waters wasted little time putting more points on the board as he converted a 44-yard strike to Lockett for a 14-0 lead.
Randall Evans then picked off Cummings on Kansas' ensuing touch, and Matthew McCrane capped the 12-play, 74-yard drive with a 41-yard field goal.
Following a punt from each team, the Jayhawks finally got on the board with Cummings tossing a 27-yard TD to Nick Harwell at 8:42 in the second quarter. The Wildcats blocked the extra point.
Morgan Burns proceeded to return the kickoff 65 yards deep into Kansas territory. Four plays later, Jones rushed it in from 11 yards out for a 24-6 lead.
Lockett hauled in passes of 17 and 11 yards on consecutive plays late in the half, then concluded the drive with a 6-yard touchdown reception with 47 seconds left.
The Wildcats continued to pour it on in the third. Waters opened the quarter with a 20-yard pass to Sexton. Kansas State's signal-caller capped the drive with a 13-yard TD pass to Jones.
Kansas didn't give in, however, as it marched down the field for a score on Cummings' 19-yard TD toss to Trent Smiley, who recorded the first touchdown of his career.
Waters hit Sexton for a 37-yard touchdown strike later in the third for a 45-13 advantage.
McCrane knocked down a 52-yard field goal early in the fourth, and Jack Cantele kicked a 39-yard field goal later to account for the final margin.Game Notes
Kansas still leads the all-time series 64-43-5 ... Sexton now has 940
receiving yards for the season. If he records 60 more over the final two
games, he and Lockett will become the first pair of Kansas State receivers to
eclipse over 1,000 yards in the same season ... Under head coach Bill Snyder,
the Wildcats are 19-4 against Kansas, including a flawless mark since his
return to the sideline in 2009 ... Kansas State outgained its opponent