The play: With Jake Waters back behind center and deep in his own territory, Johnson got into the backfield to swipe the ball away just as Waters started to step into his throw. Shaun Lewis recovered the fumble at the K-State 6.
Unsung heroes: Wren and a blitzing Joe Mitchell were largely picked up on the opposite side, but Wren was in a good spot to corral the ball if Lewis hadn't gotten there.
Takeaway No. 4
The play: After OSU's 75-yard touchdown drive to take the lead with about four minutes to play, Sams underthrew his intended target and was picked by Lewis. He returned to the K-State 17.
Unsung heroes: How about the blockers, which helped spring Lewis for a 24-yard return? Peterson threw a key one. Lavey and Barnett also showed hustle, though they collided, leading to Barnett's injury.
Takeaway No. 5
The play: With the Wildcats attempting a late rally, Sams tossed an interception to Lowe, who cut across the field and scampered 72 yards down the sideline to the K-State 7.
Unsung heroes: Glenn Spencer, who dialed up a plan to rush three, welcome the short pass and cover the deep ball with the clock ticking down. Safety Shamiel Gary backed off the line of scrimmage just before the snap, though the TV angles made it difficult to see the coverage from the other Cowboys. Lyndell Johnson, Joe Mitchell, Gary and Justin Gilbert were all in range of Lowe's pick.