Finally, the Wildcats did the same thing on fourth down to dash them.
Deuce Vaughn ran for yards and a touchdown, Sammy Wheeler had a touchdown catch along with a crucial fourth-down grab that led to the clinching fourth-quarter score, and the Wildcats held off the mistake-prone Mountaineers,on Saturday snap a five-game losing streak in the series. Jarret Doege had yards passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions for West Virginia, which was just 5 for 14 on third down but 3 for 4 on fourth.
Leddie Brown added 85 yards on the ground. Zero turnovers.
They had one penalty the entire game. Kansas State promptly marched 55 yards to take a lead. The problems continued for West Virginia when it gambled on fourth-and-6 at the Kansas State 29 near the end of the first quarter.
Doege was sacked for a turnover-on-downs. And when the Mountaineers faced fourth-and-3 later in the second quarter at nearly the same spot on the field, they tried the field goal, and Casey Legg pushed it wide right. The Wildcats extended their lead to early in the second half.
Malik Knowles nearly broke the opening kickoff for a TD, and Thompson took advantage of the good field position to hit Wheeler for the score. Late in the third quarter, Doege hit Kaden Prather to convert on fourth down. After the Wildcats missed a chip-shot field goal, the Mountaineers went 80 yards the other way.
Brown converted on fourth-and-1 early in the drive, and Doege finished it by finding Wright in the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the Kansas State 3 to get West Virginia within with 11 minutes, 50 seconds to go. But the Wildcats proved they can convert on fourth down, too. Facing fourth-and-9 near midfield, Thompson threw a rope to Wheeler for a yard gain, improving Kansas State to 12 of 14 on fourth downs this year.
Vaughn capped the yard drive with a touchdown run to put the game away. What do you like?
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