Auburn Opponent Breakdown: Kansas State Wildcats

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Aug 30, 2014; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats wide receiver Kody Cook (19) is congratulated by running back Charles Jones (24) following a touchdown by Cook during a 55-16 win against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Record: 2-0

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Things did not look good last week for Kansas State against the Iowa Cyclones, but as Bill Snyder teams often do, the Wildcats found a way to win 32-28.

Quarterback Jake Waters led the way for K-State, and he capped off a dramatic comeback victory in Ames, IA with an 8-yard touchdown run with 90 seconds left. The TD gave the senior signal caller 138 rushing yards on the day, which is a new career high. Waters also threw for 239 yards for the Wildcats.

The dramatics were necessary because the Cyclones built a 28-13 lead late in the second quarter after scoring 28 consecutive points. The Wildcats pulled closer before the half when Waters led the team to a late second quarter score, which he capped off with a 1-yard QB run. The Wildcats shut out Iowa State over the final 30 minutes of the game to earn their first Big 12 Conference win of 2014 and move to 2-0 on the season.

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  • After a scoreless third quarter, Randall Evans came up with a big interception in the fourth that set up a 74-yard scoring drive for the Wildcats. K-State missed the two-point conversion to tie the game, which set the stage for the final scoring plunge from Waters.

    The biggest issue for the Wildcats all day was stopping Iowa State’s Jarvis West, who threw a touchdown pass, caught another and returned a punt for a score as well. According to STATS LCC, he became the first player to match that scoring trifecta since 1996.

    Overall, the defense played well for the Wildcats and held the Cyclones to 319 yards of total offense, including only 105 rushing yards. Kansas State rolled up 471 yards on offense with a very balanced effort. The Wildcats had 239 passing yards and 232 yards on the ground with zero turnovers.