LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Former Texas quarterback Casey Thompson, who started 10 games and passed for 24 touchdowns in 2021, announced Friday that he will transfer to Nebraska.
Thompson was a backup to Hudson Card for the first two games at Texas before taking over the starting role.
Kansas State assistant Collin Klein, who had been serving as the interim offensive coordinator during the bowl season, was given the full-time job on Friday after an impressive performance by the Wildcats in the Texas Bowl.
HOUSTON (AP) — Deuce Vaughn and the Kansas State Wildcats finished a streaky season on a positive note Tuesday night with a dominant 42-20 win over short-handed LSU in the Texas Bowl.
Vaughn, a sophomore running back and first-team All-American as an all-purpose player, rushed for 146 yards on 21 carries.
TaxAct Texas Bowl: LSU (6-6) at Kansas State (7-5), Jan. 4, 9 p.m. Eastern (ESPN)
Line: Kansas State by 4 ½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
HOUSTON (AP) — Quarterback Skylar Thompson will return from an ankle injury to start for Kansas State in the Texas Bowl on Tuesday night, but LSU interim coach Brad Davis won’t say who will fill that role for the Tigers.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV has promoted interim athletic director Erick Harper to serve in the job full time.
Harper's hiring, announced on Monday, was effective Jan. 1. He had served as interim athletic director since Desiree Reed-Francois left UNLV for Missouri in August.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Adrian Martinez is heading to Kansas State from Nebraska.
The four-year starting quarterback for the Cornhuskers announced Thursday night on Twitter that he would transfer to K-State.
Kansas State (7-5, Big 12) vs. LSU (6-6, SEC), Jan. 4, 9 p.m. ET
Kansas State dumped offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham and tights ends coach Jason Ray on Friday.
Wildcats coach Chris Klieman said the two assistant coaches, whose contracts were due to expire in February, would not be retained for the bowl season.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) —
Roschon Johnson came to Texas as a quarterback, converted quickly to running back, and under difficult circumstances he worked at both positions on Friday.
Johnson, a junior, ran for a career-best 179 yards, Cameron Dicker kicked three field goals, and Texas summoned some critical stops on defense to beat Kansas State 22-17.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — One team is left playing for pride to finish out an otherwise miserable season. The other would like to be the one to put a bow on all that misery.
Texas (4-7, 2-6 Big 12) and Kansas State ( 7-4, 4-4) meet Friday with the Longhorns in a six-game spiral under first-year coach Steve Sarkisian after a 4-1 start.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Baylor had played poorly on the road all season, and was locked in another tight tussle with red-hot Kansas State, when quarterback Gerry Bohanon grabbed his right hamstring heading out of bounds in the first half Saturday night.
No. 11 Baylor (8-2, 5-2 Big 12, No. 11 CFP) at Kansas State (7-3, 4-3), Saturday at 5:30 p.m. EST (FS1).
Line: Baylor by 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Nobody can dispute the fact that No. 11 Baylor is exceedingly tough to beat at home, not the least of which is Oklahoma, which just had its national championship hopes dashed with a loss in Waco last weekend.
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 11 Baylor at Kansas State. The four-game winning steak by the Wildcats (7-3, 4-3 Big 12) is the longest in the league after Baylor last week ended Oklahoma's 17 in a row that was the longest among FBS teams.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State kept watching West Virginia stubbornly convert fourth downs to keep its comeback hopes alive.
Finally, the Wildcats did the same thing on fourth down to dash them.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — West Virginia coach Neal Brown made a very obvious observation about Kansas State this week.
“They're playing their best football of the year,” he said.
Things to watch in Week 11 of the Big 12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 4 Oklahoma at No. 18 Baylor. The six-time defending Big 12 champion Sooners (9-0, 6-0 Big 12, No. 8 CFP), after their open date, play the first of three games in a row against the teams closest to them in the standings.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The bizarre nature of the college football season in the Big 12 can be summed up by the fact that TCU and Texas Tech, both having already fired their coaches, could be headed to bowl games in a few short weeks.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State climbed quickly into the Top 25 on the back of three straight wins to start the season, then the Wildcats plummeted just as quickly from the poll after three straight losses to open Big 12 play.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The last two coaches to face Kansas State have been let go almost immediately after they lost.
That's probably not what Kansas coach Lance Leipold wants to hear.
In reality, Leipold is in his first year of arguably the biggest rebuild in college football, so his job with the Jayhawks is pretty safe regardless of what happens when they face the Wildcats in the Sunflower Showdown on Saturday.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The only thing that could stop Kansas State's Felix Anudike-Uzomah from piling up sacks last week was the NCAA.
Definitely not the TCU offensive line, which appeared to give up six of them — including two strip-sacks — to the soft-spoken sophomore defensive end in a 35-12 victory Saturday that pushed the Wildcats within a win of bowl eligibility.
—Kenneth Walker, Michigan State, ran for 197 yards and five TDs, lifting the No. 8 Spartans to a 37-33 comeback win over No. 6 Michigan.
—Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Kansas State, had four sacks and forced two fumbles to help lead the Wildcats to a 31-12 victory over TCU.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — After watching Kansas State's Felix Anudike-Uzomah seemingly match a Division I record with six sacks in a 31-12 victory over TCU on Saturday, coach Chris Klieman made an observation that should send chills through Big 12 quarterbacks.
There was a time not long ago when Kansas State fans desperately wanted Gary Patterson to leave Big 12 rival TCU and return to his alma mater to succeed longtime Wildcats coach Bill Snyder.
These days, many Horned Frogs fans would be fine seeing him go.
Kansas State running back Deuce Vaughn has a simple football philosophy.
“You have to make your own plays,” he said.
Vaughn has made lots of those — and in different ways — the last two years, and he's got plenty of company in the Big 12 this season.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech never made the Top 25 in two-plus seasons under Matt Wells, and hasn't been higher than 24th since predecessor Kliff Kingsbury's splashy debut eight years ago.
Athletics director Kirby Hocutt, who hired and fired them both, again is looking for a coach to get the program where he thinks it should be.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kansas State didn't change much at halftime despite trailing Texas Tech by two touchdowns.
The outcome wasn't much different from recent seasons either — a sixth straight victory in the series for the Wildcats, who ended their longest Big 12 skid since joining the league in 1996.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech has won consecutive Big 12 games just once in the past five years, and not during the tenure of third-year coach Matt Wells.
That has been a talking point for the Red Raiders in preparations for Saturday's visit by Kansas State, which has won nine of the past 10 meetings in the series.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Breece Hall rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns and Brock Purdy was an efficient 22-of-25 for 208 yards and a score as Iowa State downed Kansas State 33-20 Saturday night.
No. 1 has been a particularly secure position during the College Football Playoff era.
Last week's Alabama loss as the No. 1 team in the country to Texas A&M was just the fourth outside of the playoff for the top-ranked team in the AP poll during the eight-year history (2014-present) of the CFP.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Iowa State has had varying levels of success against everybody in the Big 12 over the years, whether it's been upset wins over heavyweights such as Oklahoma and Texas or regular victories over schools such as Kansas.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Desmond Ridder threw two touchdown passes and ran for score late in the fourth quarter as No. 7 Cincinnati capitalized on its big opportunity and beat No. 9 Notre Dame 24-13 on Saturday in a game the Bearcats hope can be the centerpiece of College Football Playoff resume.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — It took Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler's best performance of the season, a big game on the ground from Kennedy Brooks and some big plays on defense for the sixth-ranked Sooners to finally beat Kansas State.
No. 21 Baylor (4-0, 2-0 Big 12) at No. 19 Oklahoma State (4-0, 1-0), Saturday at 7 p.m. EDT (ESPN2).
Line: Oklahoma State by 3 1/2 according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
No. 6 Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) at Kansas State (3-1, 0-1), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (FOX).
Line: Oklahoma by 11 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Some things to watch in Week 5 of the Big 12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 21 Baylor (4-0, 2-0 Big 12) at No. 19 Oklahoma State (4-0, 1-0). A matchup Saturday night of the only Big 12 teams, other than six-time defending conference champion Oklahoma, to make it to the first Saturday of October undefeated.
Oklahoma State and Baylor quietly have compiled unbeaten records heading into their showdown on Saturday.
Baylor went 2-7 last year, but this year’s squad is much improved. The Bears (4-0, 2-0 Big 12) pulled off a 31-29 stunner over then-No.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Oklahoma hasn't played a true road game in nearly two years thanks to the pandemic, which forced those schools that did allow fans last year to limit capacity, and four consecutive home games to start this season.
There have been boos in Oklahoma and frustration in Iowa. And down in Texas, a gigantic new scoreboard is lighting up like an old pinball machine.
Much of the quarterback play in the Big 12 so far this season is not what anyone expected.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson is unlikely to play against sixth-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday, even though he is making progress from a knee injury that he sustained in an early victory over Southern Illinois.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One thing Kansas State coach Chris Klieman never expected to have this season was a quarterback controversy.
He had sixth-year senior Skylar Thompson returning from a season-ending shoulder injury, ready to regain the reins of an offense that was humming before he was hurt.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State forced D.J. Uiagalelei into a fourth-down incompletion in the second overtime to beat ninth-ranked Clemson 27-21 on Saturday, an outcome that shakes up the Atlantic Coast Conference race and deals a huge blow to the Tigers’ College Football Playoff hopes.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Spencer Sanders completed 22 of 34 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns, leading Oklahoma State to a 31-20 victory over No. 25 Kansas State on Saturday night.
Jaylen Warren rushed for 123 yards on 27 carries and added 81 yards on four receptions for Oklahoma State (4-0, 1-0 Big 12).
No. 25 Kansas State (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) at Oklahoma State (3-0, 0-0), Saturday at 7:00 p.m. EDT (Big 12 Now on ESPN+)
Line: Oklahoma State by 5 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — No. 25 Kansas State and Oklahoma State open Big 12 play against each other Saturday after putting together 3-0 nonconference records while dealing with several key injuries.
Some things to watch in Week 4 of the Big 12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 25 Kansas State at Oklahoma State in a Big 12 opener matching 3-0 teams.
Last week, college football gave fans one of its tastiest, and unfortunately rare, treats when Auburn visited Penn State.
Good teams. Great setting. Entertaining game. What college football is all about.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The Big 12 is no longer considered a prolific passing league, replaced for now by a wave of ground attacks that are producing plenty of individual stars.
In every year except two from 2002 to 2018, the Big 12 had at least one quarterback exceed 4,000 passing yards.