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Kansas State Dominates LSU in Texas Bowl

Kansas State Dominates LSU in Texas Bowl

The Texas Bowl saw a dominant performance from the Kansas State Wildcats as they defeated the LSU Tigers 42-20 on Tuesday night. The Wildcats finished their streaky season on a high note with this win, with several key players contributing to their success.

Deuce Vaughn’s Impressive Performance

Kansas State running back Deuce Vaughn had a fantastic game, rushing for 146 yards on 21 carries and scoring four touchdowns (three rushing and one receiving). His performance was a result of the Wildcats’ aggressive play calling, which opened up the running game. The offensive line also played a crucial role, staying committed to the fight against LSU’s defense.

Skylar Thompson’s Strong Performance

Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson, who returned to make his final collegiate start after missing the regular-season finale with an ankle injury, had a phenomenal game. He completed 21 of 28 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns, and was named the Texas Bowl MVP. Malik Knowles also had a strong performance with two touchdown catches and 42 yards receiving.

LSU’s Quarterback Conundrum

The Tigers had a tough time on both sides of the ball, especially on offense. With their starting quarterback Max Johnson having transferred to Texas A&M, backup Myles Brennan recovering from surgery, and a third-string freshman who would have had to burn his redshirt to play, LSU was faced with a big question mark under center. They turned to senior receiver Jontre Kirklin, who hadn’t played quarterback since high school in 2016. Despite these challenges, Kirklin had a decent game, going 7-of-11 for 138 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions, and rushing for 61 yards on 11 carries.

LSU’s New Regime

LSU was led by interim coach Brad Davis, who is returning as the offensive line coach under Brian Kelly’s new regime. Despite having only 38 scholarship players available for the game, Davis said that the Tigers never backed down from the challenge and fully expected to win. However, transfers and injuries got the best of the Tigers, and they will look to quickly reload next season.

Kansas State’s Future

Kansas State’s strong performance on both sides of the ball bodes well for the future, with big performances from graduating seniors and players returning next season. The Wildcats will have a new quarterback in 2022, but the offense will likely continue to flow through Deuce Vaughn. They open their season against South Dakota.

Final Thoughts

Kansas State’s dominant win over LSU in the Texas Bowl was a special way to end the season. The Wildcats looked strong on both sides of the ball, and their success will give them confidence heading into next season. Meanwhile, the Tigers will look to quickly reload under Brian Kelly’s new regime and will open their season against Florida State. All in all, the Texas Bowl was an exciting game filled with strong performances and memorable moments.

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