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        === Kansas State spanks Michigan in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl ===
 Tempe,  AZ  ( - During  a team  meeting earlier in the week,
 Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder requested everyone in the room who had won
 a bowl game to raise their hands.
 Nobody did.
 Those hands can go up now.
 Jake  Waters  tossed three touchdown passes  to Tyler Lockett and Kansas State
 earned  its  first bowl  win in  11 years  following a  31-14 pasting of Devin
 Gardner-less Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
 The Wildcats had lost all five of their postseason games since beating Arizona
 State  in the 2002 Holiday Bowl, including the Cotton and Fiesta Bowl the last
 two years.
 "It  has been 11  years, 4,018 games. We wanted to send the seniors out with a
 great win in a Kansas State uniform," the junior Lockett said.
 Waters  and Lockett hooked up for scores on each of Kansas State's (8-5) first
 three drives to help the Wildcats jump out to a comfortable lead.
 They never looked back.
 Lockett  caught 10 passes for 116 yards, John Hubert carried the ball 16 times
 for  80  yards and a  touchdown and  Waters was 21-of-27  for 271 yards in the
 After  losing several  key  assets  to last  year's  Big  12-winning squad  --
 including  Heisman finalist  quarterback  Collin Klein  and linebacker  Arthur
 Brown  -- a bowl appearance appeared bleak following a 2-4 start that included
 a season-opening loss to FCS member North Dakota State.
 The Wildcats, though, turned the year around by winning five of their last six
 tilts to earn a bowl bid.
 True  freshman  Shane Morris, filling  in for Gardner,  who was nursing a foot
 injury,  completed 24-of-38  passes for  196  yards with  an interception  for
 Michigan (7-6), which began the season 5-0 before losing six of its last eight
 to close the campaign.
 Morris had thrown just nine passes, all in mop-up duty, coming into the tilt.
 Kansas  State  saw four possessions  and the Wolverines  just three in a fast-
 moving first half.
 The  Wildcats took 7:41 off the clock on their opening 14-play, 75-yard drive.
 Waters  found Lockett in  the front left corner of the end zone from six yards
 out on a 3rd-and-goal to conclude the march.
 Michigan's  first series  stalled inside the 10 and Matt Wile booted through a
 22-yard field goal.
 Lockett's  29-yard TD  catch on a double move along the left sideline preceded
 another  Wile field goal,  this one from 26 yards to pull Michigan within 14-6
 midway  through  the second. The  Wolverines' offense again stalled inside the
 Waters  hit fullback Glenn  Gronkowski for a 46-yard gain over the middle on a
 run-pass  option play  before hooking up with Lockett again a few plays later,
 this one an 8-yard back-shoulder fade, to cap the series and give the Wildcats
 a 21-6 spread late in the second.
 Ian  Patterson  missed a  40-yard field  goal on  Kansas State's initial touch
 the  second  half, but  the Wolverines  could only muster  one first down over
 their next two drives.
 Patterson made it  24-6 after connecting on  a 22-yard field goal early in the
 Morris  was intercepted  by Dante  Barnett on  Michigan's next  possession and
 he  returned the pick 51 yards to the 7-yard line. Hubert punched it in from a
 yard out for the game-cliching score with 2:25 left.
 Fitzgerald Toussaint had a 3-yard TD run for Michigan to conclude the scoring.
 "We  didn't play  well enough in a  lot of areas," Wolverines head coach Brady
 Hoke said.
                                   Game Notes
 This was the first ever meeting between the schools ... Kansas State outgained
 Michigan,  420-261  ...  Michigan  leading receiver  Jeremy  Gallon  had  nine
 receptions for 89 yards.
 12/29 03:38:42 ET

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