Bowling Green Kansas St Football, Malik Knowles

Kansas State wide receiver Malik Knowles (4) catches a pass for a touchdown over Bowling Green defensive back Jai Nunn-Liddell during the second quarter of Saturday’s game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Knowles did not travel with the team for Saturday's game at Oklahoma State.

STILLWATER, Okla. — Kansas State played without its top threat in the passing game in Saturday's 26-13 loss to Oklahoma State.

Malik Knowles, a redshirt freshman who leads the Wildcats in receptions (nine), receiving yardage (137) and receiving yards per game (45.7), did not make trip to Boone Pickens Stadium with the team for Saturday's game. Knowles reportedly is dealing with a foot injury.

Knowles, who also is tied with senior Dalton Schoen for the team high in touchdown catches with two, has proven to be a player who can help the team in multiple areas. In K-State's last outing at Mississippi State, he returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown that tied the game at 24-all. Two days later, he was named the Big 12's special teams player of the week for his performance.

Following the loss, K-State head coach Chris Klieman said he was unsure how long Knowles will be out.

"It's a lower-body injury," Klieman said. "We learned about it — he probably got it at Mississippi State and tried to fight through it. We learned on Wednesday (he wouldn't play). But shoot, we didn't play with Wyatt Hubert, (and Walter Neil) and found a way to persevere at Mississippi State. It's the next man up."

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