KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
Hubert had 86 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
It was the kind of comprehensive offensive performance that the Wildcats have struggled to put together this season. Waters and Sams combined were 18 of 21 for 291 yards with four TDs and no interceptions, and the team piled up 157 yards of rushing offense.
They were at their best in the second half, too. The Mountaineers actually led 9-7 at the half, but Kansas State outscored them 28-3 after the break.
“Jake and Daniel were really throwing the heck out of the ball,” wide receiver Curry Sexton said. “Jake got in there the third and fourth quarter and started spinning the ball and putting the ball in spots where we could catch it and we really had no choice but to catch it.”
Part of the reason the offense got in synch — and the pass-first Waters was able to put up big numbers — was the return of top wide receivers Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson. Both had been dealing with injuries, and both of them contributed against West Virginia.
Lockett caught eight passes for 111 yards and three scores — two from Waters and the one from Sams. Thompson had three catches for 53 yards and Waters’ other touchdown pass.
“A lot of times when you sit out you get to see how much exactly you missed the game,” Lockett said. “You just want to come back stronger and I think that at the end of the day, even at the beginning of the day, the biggest thing we wanted to get out of this was a win. Fortunately, things began to happen and we got out of there with a win.”
It couldn’t come at a better time, either.
After winning just its second Big 12 title last season, the Wildcats had dropped their first three conference games in frustrating fashion, squandering second-half leads in two of them.