For our next installment of the 100 day countdown to kickoff against North Dakota State University, 92 days represents the 92 yard drive that put K-State up 10-0 over West Virginia last October. The drive opened up the floodgates to what was a 41 point victory that validated the still uncertain championship hype surrounding the Wildcats. It also allowed Tyler Lockett to truly break into the national conscience.
K-State already had two great victories to hang its hat on when it faced off against West Virginia in Morgantown, with a beatdown of Miami at home and five point victory at #6 Oklahoma. However, in the two games following the victory over the Sooners, K-State struggled in the first half against lowly KU and only managed a six point victory against Iowa State. And though some of the game’s luster were tarnished the week before when West Viriginia fell to Texas Tech, this was still the game that looked to decide the Big 12 Champion. K-State was undefeated, sitting at 6-0 with a 3-0 conference record and #4 ranking. WVU was 5-1 (2-1) and at #13. Plus the game was in Morgantown and the offense appeared primed to bounce back. Fireworks were expected in the sky, but they were all the color purple.
The drive that set the tone of the game for K-State’s offense and Tyler Lockett was the team’s second possession. After settling for a 33-yard field goal, the defense held the Mountaineers to 18 yards and the punt which was downed at the eight-yard line. The drive got off to a slow start with Collin Klein rushing for one yard, but on second down Klein found Chris Harper for an 18-yard gain. With the ball on the 27-yard line, Klein then found Tremaine Thompson for a five-yard gain, which was wiped out due to a holding penalty on Lockett that brought K-State back to the 22.
At this point we have two good plays by two different wide receivers, and a bad play by the third, but that changed quickly. Following an offside penalty on West Virginia that was accepted rather than decline and take the three yard run by Collin Klein, Lockett ran a beautiful corner route for a 35 yard pick up that put the ball in West Virginia territory.