Cats Cruise in 12th Straight Sunflower Showdown Win


Courtesy of K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kansas – Phillip Brooks returned two punts for a touchdown and set a school record with 189 punt return yards, as K-State rolled to a 55-14 win over Kansas on Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

K-State led 34-7 at the half, as Brooks opened and closed the first half with huge plays. His 55-yard punt return gave K-State an early 7-0 advantage, and he added a 52-yard return for a score as time ran out in the second quarter. He added a 40-yard return that helped set K-State up for a field goal in the first half.

Offensively in the first half, Sammy Wheeler caught a 16-yard touchdown pass. The K-State defense also chipped in with a first half touchdown, as Justin Gardner picked off a pass and returned it 24 yards for a score.

Deuce Vaughn and Harry Trotter added short rushing scores, and Briley Moore hauled in a 13-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter to continue to add to the K-State advantage. Vaughn finished with 152 yards of total offense in the win. Will Howard connected on 17 of his 24 passes for 243 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the day.

Jalon Daniels scored a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Jayhawks.

K-State travels to West Virginia next Saturday.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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