Kansas State offensive MVP: DJ Giddens
The Kansas State offense was a little shaky at times, but did just enough to win 31-27 over Kansas.
Junction City native DJ Giddens was very effective running the ball. The sophomore running back finished with 102 rushing yards on 21 carries and a touchdown. Giddens also collected four receiving yards and ran hard and with a purpose.
Jayce Brown continues to be a major threat in the passing game. The true freshman had 96 yards receiving to lead all players in the game. Brown is now the third-leading receiver for K-State this season despite not being a regular through the first chunk of games.
It would not be a game if Will Howard did not get mentioned. Howard was up and down, but he had three total touchdowns and is now one passing touchdown away from breaking the Kansas State single season record.
Defensive MVP: Beau Palmer
K-State got a huge contribution from Beau Palmer when they needed it the most. While the defense struggled at times, Palmer was a bright spot in his time at the linebacker spot. He had a sack on the day and added a pass break-up.
What was impressive for the Blue Valley product was his instincts and ability to bring the lumber. The biggest hit of the day was the shot he got on Cole Ballard.
Kansas State safeties Marques Sigle and Kobe Savage had some rough patches, but each caught an interception. Sigle’s interception was especially large for K-State since it was a fourth quarter turnover in the end zone.
K-State special teams MVP: Ty Bowman
Make it three for three on players of the game for the Wildcats being from the Sunflower State. Fitting in the Sunflower Showdown Kansas State would have three players from Kansas that shined. Ty Bowman made probably the biggest play of the game for K-State when he recovering a muffed Jayhawk punt.
Kansas State special teams also came up big on a blocked extra point by Nate Matlack that was returned for two points by Lawrence native Keenan Garber. By the way, those are two other Sunflower State kids.
Chris Tennant was also perfect kicking the ball, but he did have one go out of bounds.