The Kansas State Wildcats rolled Kansas 35-10 in the Sunflower Showdown on Saturday, but the game was not without drama.
During the game, K-State QB Skylar Thompson scrambled and got out of bounds when he took a shot from KU linebacker Gavin Potter. K-State players immediately ran to the sidelines to defend their quarterback, and then Potter had an all-time embarrassing flop to try and bail himself out.
Here’s the video:
As you can see, the Kansas State players were not happy, and they made their voices heard after the game as well.
“It was most definitely a cheap shot,” K-State receiver Malik Knowles said.
Meaning, star running back Deuce Vaughn added, “For it to be blatant and out of bounds. It’s one of those things that just makes you say, ‘Come on, man.’ There is no room for that in football. That’s our quarterback. We’ve got his back no matter what. I feel like it was controlled to the point where nobody got thrown out and it was taken care of. But we just kind of had to let them know we have always got (Thompson’s) back.”
A for Thompson himself, he didn’t make it as personal, saying, “It’s tough. That’s two weeks in a row that something like that has happened to me. I’m trying to get out of bounds and trying to protect myself there. I wasn’t expecting that, and I think that’s why it knocked the wind out of me. I’m fine. That’s good. But it’s just unfortunate.”
To Lance Leipold’s credit, the Kansas head coach called the play “unacceptable.” He said after the game, “I also told Coach (Chris) Klieman after the game that that’s not the way we’re gonna play,. And I think he knows that’s not the way we coach it. So, I think that’s frustration. I think it’s a lot of things, but we’ve got to be better than that. I have to do a better job than that.”
As a result, Klieman accepted the apology. “It’s unfortunate, and it’s frustrating,” he said. “Lance is a class act, and he will address it. But it happened. We hit their quarterback late and got a couple penalties. It’s some bang-bang stuff.”
With the win, Kansas State became bowl eligible and improved to 6-3 on the season. The Wildcats have also won three in a row. Kansas fell to 1-8 on the season and 0-6 in Big 12 play.