Redshirt freshman quarterback Skylar Thompson connected with junior wide receiver Byron Pringle on three passing touchdowns, and Pringle added an 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to help Kansas State shock 13th-ranked Oklahoma State, 45-40.
Pringle became the first player in Big 12 history with three touchdown catches and a kickoff return touchdown in the same game.
Saturday’s upset makes Kansas State bowl-eligible for the eighth consecutive year, and the 19th time under Head Coach Bill Snyder.
Thompson spurred the opening possession on his feet, rushing for 65 yards and a 5-yard touchdown rush on the opening drive and totaled a career-high 93 rushing yards in the game. Thompson also had great success through the air, throwing 10-for-13 for 204 yards and three touchdowns.
Pringle hauled in all of Thompson’s passing touchdowns, as the duo connected on a 47-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, and a 46-yard touchdown pass and a 60-yard touchdown in the third quarter to give Pringle his eighth, ninth and 10th career touchdown receptions and his fourth, fifth and sixth of the year.
Up next for Kansas State is a home matchup with Iowa State. Kickoff Saturday is at 2:30 with coverage starting at 11:00 am on 1150 KSAL.
On Tuesday, head coach Bill Snyder met with media members to rehash last game versus Oklahoma State while previewing the showdown against the Cyclones.