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Instant Analysis: No. 9 Kansas State 48, Oklahoma State 14

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State clocked the Cowboys 48-14 on Saturday night at Bill Snyder Family Stadium to remain in the thick of the Big 12 title and College Football Playoff chases. Here’s what happened:

How the game was won: Oklahoma State scored a touchdown on its opening drive, but K-State dominated the rest of the way. The Wildcats picked off Cowboys QB Daxx Garman twice, and wideouts Curry Sexton and Tyler Lockett combined to finish with 253 yards receiving to propel the K-State offense.

Game ball goes to: K-State cornerback Morgan Burns. After the Cowboys opened with a score, Burns returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown, and the Wildcats never relinquished momentum. Burns also was stout in coverage and had six tackles.

What it means: The Wildcats needed to take care of business to stick in the Big 12 title and playoff hunts, and they did just that. K-State has a brutal November schedule coming up, but the Wildcats also have plenty of momentum. Oklahoma State, which started the season 5-1, has now lost three in a row and is in danger of missing out on a bowl appearance.

Playoff implication: The Wildcats will have a prime opportunity to state their case for inclusion in the final four when they travel to TCU next weekend. The Horned Frogs’ win at West Virginia earlier Saturday set up the clash with K-State as a de facto playoff elimination game.

Best play: Curry has been a human highlight reel all year, and he added to his film collection with this acrobatic 17-yard grab to give K-State a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter.

What's next: The Wildcats go to TCU for a showdown that will carry major Big 12 title and playoff implications. Oklahoma State will get a much-needed week off and then will host Texas. With road trips to Baylor and Oklahoma following, the Cowboys will probably have to beat the Longhorns to qualify for a bowl.