MANHATTAN, Kan. -- A week ago when West Virginia essentially melted down in the late going and lost a lead and a game to Texas Tech, Dana Holgorsen said the Mountaineers needed to work on their will to win.
A week, though, apparently wasn't long enough to make much of a difference.
Although the circumstances and certainly the opponent were different, West Virginia lost another second-half lead Saturday. And this time it was offensively-challenged Kansas State that managed to rally.
The Wildcats overcame a 12-7 deficit with three touchdowns on three straight drives over the third and fourth quarters and beat West Virginia, 35-12, Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
The loss provided yet another crushing blow to West Virginia's hopes of earning its 12th consecutive bowl appearance. Needing six wins, the Mountaineers (3-5, 1-4 Big 12) must win three of their final four games. Next up is a trip to TCU on Saturday.
Kansas State snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 3-4 overall and got itself back into the race for a bowl in front of a homecoming crowd of 52,898.
West Virginia had been in much the same position a week ago against Texas Tech, leading 27-16 in the third quarter. That time, the WVU offense went five straight series without a first down and Texas Tech rallied to win 37-27.
The only difference this time was that the offense that rallied past the Mountaineers was not high powered like that of the Red Raiders. In fact, Kansas State had gone five series since scoring its first touchdown and had gained just one more first down. Interchanging quarterbacks Daniel Sams and Jake Waters, the Wildcats were a mess.
But then, trailing 12-7, Kansas State finally showed signs of life offensively in the third quarter and into the fourth. The Wildcats put together three straight impressive scoring drives capped by touchdown passes to Tyler Lockett (two) and Tramaine Thompson, the two wide receivers they had missed for most of the last two weeks.
Lockett's touchdown capped a monumental scoring drive -- 14 plays over almost 81/2 minutes -- and came from Sams. It was a 9-yarder in the back of the end zone on third down, Sams' third third-down completion of the drive.
Then just one series later, Kansas State went 78 yards in a much faster 3:40 to take a 21-12 lead. This time it was Waters hitting Thompson at the goal line on a 30-yard touchdown.