K-State rolls over Michigan 31-14 in BWW Bowl

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 29, 2013 at 1:27 am •  Published: December 29, 2013
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Michigan limped to the finish after a 5-0 start, losing five of its final seven games and Gardner along the way. The redshirt junior injured his toe in the regular-season finale against Ohio State and didn't recover in time for the bowl game, leaving the Wolverines in the hands of Morris.

The freshman hasn't played much over the past year, limited to four games as a high school senior due to mononucleosis and to nine pass attempts as Gardner's backup this season.

Morris didn't seem to mind being thrust into the spotlight as the first Michigan quarterback to make his first career start in a bowl game. He was helped by a conservative game plan filled with short throws early and started unleashing his big left arm by Michigan's second drive, completing 15 of 19 passes for 121 yards in the first half.

"You would have thought he was doing it five years now," Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan said.

The problem for the Wolverines was they couldn't finish off drives, settling for field goals of 22 and 26 yards by Matt Wile.

That was good for Wile, who made one field goal all season, but not for Michigan because its defense couldn't stop the Wildcats — particularly the Waters-to-Lockett combination.

Kansas State set the tone on its opening drive, grinding out 75 yards in 15 plays and 7:51 off the clock. Lockett capped it with a 6-yard touchdown catch after the Wildcats' line gave Waters just enough time to get the throw off against Michigan's blitz.

Lockett set up the next drive with a 40-yard kickoff return and capped it with a 29-yard touchdown catch, set up by Waters' pump fake that gave him separation behind Michigan's defense.

Kansas State raced down the field again on its next drive, setting up Lockett's third touchdown, an 8-yarder from Waters that put the Wildcats up 21-6 at halftime.

"We wanted to get a fast start and we did," Lockett said. "We got on top of them early and that helped us out."

The Wildcats bogged down in the second half, but so did the Wolverines.

Michigan had 23 total yards in the third quarter and failed to capitalize on the game's first turnover — a fumble by Daniel Sams — by going three-and-out.

Kansas State's Ian Anderson hit a 22-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, John Hubert scored on a 1-yard run after Morris' interception and the Wildcats celebrated Snyder's seventh bowl victory by chasing him down the sideline for the water-bucket dump.

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