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Hubert carries the day against OU

By Kelly McHugh

Kansas State’s John Hubert pounded his way through the Oklahoma defense on Saturday night in what proved to be one of the best games of his career.

It’s definitely a game Hubert won’t soon forget, as the Wildcats came away with a stunning 24-19 victory over the Sooners at Owen Field.

Hubert rushed for 130 yards on 23 carries in the win, including a 9-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

“It feels amazing, I’m kind of speechless,” Hubert said. “Just to come to OU and to win and have the big upset is great, it gives our team confidence and we’re all excited and just overwhelmed by this.”

With the win, the Wildcats surged up the national polls Sunday, moving to No. 7 in The Associated Press poll and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches’ poll.

It was Hubert’s third game reaching the century mark this season. Against the Sooners, Hubert would often wiggle free for extra yardage after the first, second or third hit from the Sooners.

“That’s what Coach (Bill) Snyder is always telling us to do — keep pounding, keep pounding,” Hubert said. “That was my key, just to keep pounding. Don’t stop.”

He didn’t stop.

Not only was Hubert faced with competing in one of the toughest road environments in the country, the junior also did it against an Oklahoma defense ranked third overall in the Big 12.

“So many of those yards came after contact,”  Snyder said Saturday night. “So, I was so proud of John to do it against the quality of defense that Oklahoma has. He ran extremely hard, he got second- and third-effort yardage that was very significant in the game.”

Hubert, who has a touchdown in each of the first four games, now has 426 yards on the season — averaging 6.5 yards per carry.

The Waco, Texas, native showed the ability to get the short-yardage gains and then broke out a long run of 36 yards in the second quarter when he scampered down the left sideline for a big first down.

“We call him the ‘big back,’” K-State quarterback Collin Klein said. “I credit his toughness, and credit his never-die mentality as far as just keeping his feet turning.”

Hubert is on pace for 1,400 yards this season, exceeding his 970 rushing yards as a sophomore in 2011.

“I felt real good,” Hubert said. “I just take my hat off to the offensive line, they were standing on blocks and opened up some big holes, and my job was just to create big plays.

“I’m always excited to come to an away game and to put up 130 yards — that’s awesome.”

Ryan Doerr earns Big 12 honor

Senior punter Ryan Doerr was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week Monday.

Doerr punted five times in the Wildcats’ win over Oklahoma, sticking the Sooners inside their own 20-yard line all five times, allowing the Wildcats to control field position.


Sunflower Showdown

The Wildcats’ next game on Oct. 6 against Kansas will be at 11 a.m. and televised on FX.

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