After beginning the season (and the Chris Klieman era) 3-0, Kansas State lost for the second week in a row Saturday. Baylor came into Bill Snyder Family Stadium for K-State's Big 12 home opener, and the Bears won with ease, 31-12.
With the loss, the Wildcats have fallen to the Bears in back-to-back years. But K-State still leads the all-time series, 9-8. Saturday marks the first time the Bears won consecutive meetings with the Wildcats since taking four in a row from 2012 to 2015.
Eight of K-State's nine wins in the series have come since the formation of the Big 12 in 1996.
After finishing with 123 rushing yards Saturday, K-State upped its total on the season to 1,089. It's only the eighth time since 2000 (and second occasion since 2013) the Wildcats have reached 1,000 yards rushing within the first five games of a season.
Senior running back James Gilbert was responsible for a game-high 94 rushing yards (on 18 carries) Saturday. He fell just shy of reaching the 100-yard mark for the third time in five contests.
Gilbert leads the Wildcats with 415 rushing yards this fall.
Quarterback Skylar Thompson and wide receiver Dalton Schoen continue to rise up the charts in K-State's record book.
After setting career highs for completions (22), attempts (34) and passing yardage (218), Thompson ranks 14th in school history with 2,902 passing yards. He passed his predecessor, Jesse Ertz, thanks to Saturday's performance. Ertz threw for 2,685 yards from 2014 to 2017.
Schoen had a career day of his own, catching six passes for 69 yards. The six receptions are a personal best in a single game for Schoen, a senior, who previous had caught five passes against Texas (2017) and Texas Tech (2017 and 2018).
Schoen has 1,209 receiving yards as a Wildcat, which ranks 25th in the program's annals.
Schoen vaulted four spots up the list Saturday, surpassing Yamon Figurs (1,144 receiving yards from 2004 to 2006), John Liebe (1,149 yards in 1976-77 and 1979-80), Russ Campbell (1,150 yards from 1988 to 1991) and Deon Murphy (1,160 yards in 2007-08).
Schoen is 10 yards behind Jeron Mastrud for 24th. Mastrud had 1,219 receiving yards for the Wildcats from 2006 to 2009.
It's the type of stat that Chris Klieman would rather forget.
Chris Klieman never lost back-to-back games during his five-year tenure at North Dakota State. He's now dropped consecutive games at K-State. The last time he lost two straight games? His lone season at Loras College in 2005, when the team ended the season on a four-game skid.— Ryan Black (@RyanABlack) October 5, 2019
Numbers to know
3 — Punts by K-State's Devin Anctil that landed inside the 20-yard, a season best.
7 and 69 — The number of receptions and receiving yards Phillip Brooks had Saturday. Both totals set single-game bests for the redshirt freshman wideout.
7.0 — Tackles for loss by the Wildcats' defense, a season high.
Lynch keeps kicking
Junior placekicker Blake Lynch hit both of his field goal attempts Saturday, one from 30 yards and one from 31. Coupled with the two field goals he made last week at Oklahoma State, it marked the second time in his career he had multiple field goals in consecutive games.
The first time he pulled off the feat came last September versus Texas-San Antonio and West Virginia.
True freshman receiver Josh Youngblood returned the first three kicks of his career Saturday, totaling 71 yards, good for an average of 23.7. His longest return went 33 yards.
In addition, Youngblood hauled in two passes, a single-game best for the first-year Florida native.