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Kansas State Shocks the World in
Upset over #3 Oklahoma

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In a game no one could have predicted, the Kansas State Wildcats upset the Oklahoma Sooners. The Wildcats lost to Arkansas State, a mediocre team, then turned around and knocked off a national title contender. Oklahoma was 28-point favorites; this is an astronomical upset. It completely reshapes the college football playoffs for this season. It all but assures the Big-12 will not have a team amongst the four semi-finalists.

To begin to understand this conundrum, we have to look at Kansas State’s offense. Kansas State’s starting quarterback Skylar Thompson looked and played like a player worthy of an NFL roster spot on Saturday. Skylar maximized his passing on Saturday. He completed 18 of his 25 pass attempts for 334 yards and a touchdown. He averaged a stellar 13.4 yards per pass attempt and was equally effective on the ground. Thompson rushed for 3 touchdowns on the day. Also, Kansas Statewide receiver Deuce Vaughn crossed 100 receiving yards, which is stellar, suggesting he is just a true freshman. Last week, Vaughn was the first true freshman wide receiver in Kansas State history to score a season opener touchdown. Vaughn also rushed for 45 yards and a score. The offense was efficient in the passing game on Saturday and that is what led them to the win.

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On the other side of the ball, the defense played solid despite giving up 35 points. The Wildcats intercepted three passes from superstar Spencer Rattler. Kansas State had six tackle-for-losses on Saturday. They rattled Rattler, the pass-rushers for the Wildcats notched three sacks and three quarterback hurries. The defense was honestly just coasting with the offense. Grabbing four takeaways is a great way to earn a Victory Monday, however.

The offense was the largest contributor to the team. They stimulated all the big plays needed to keep a steady duel with Rattler then let the defense pounce at the right time. Kansas State capitalized on their ineptitude and took the ball away. The Wildcats shocked the world.