Deuce Vaughn and Kansas State Upend LSU for Texas Bowl Crown

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HOUSTON – Kansas State running back Deuce Vaughn had himself a night en route to Kansas State’s 42-20 victory over a depleted LSU squad in the Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium. LSU’s roster featured zero scholarship quarterbacks and Jontre Kirklin, a wide receiver, filled in.

Depleted or not, the win was impressive for Vaughn and Kansas State. Vaughn carried the ball 21 times for 146 yards and three touchdowns. Wildcats quarterback Skylar Thompson finished his Kansas State career on a high note, going 21-for-27 as a passer with 259 yards and three scores in the air.

Following the game, Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman said, “It’s fun to win a bowl game. First time I’ve won a bowl game, won a few national championships and been on a stage but this was pretty special. And my hat’s off to K-State nation and the fan base for coming out. What an electric crowd and our fans were in it from the start. Our guys really got energized by our fan base and the credit goes to our fan base for how loud they were, because I think they had fun watching our guys play.”

Klieman continued, “It was fun to watch those guys execute at a high level and they were still coming after us. [LSU] has a good pass rush and Skylar [Thompson] hung in there and we knew we had to throw the ball.”

Thompson added, “It honestly hasn’t registered what just happened [winning the game]. It was that much fun. I felt like that was our best offensive performance of the season on all cylinders. O-line was blocking their tails off. Deuce (Vaughn) running the ball well, receivers catching the ball. We were just firing on all cylinders and could just feel the aggressiveness of Coach Klein’s play calling.”

Vaughn praised Klieman’s aggressive play-calling, offered, “Just from the tempo, getting up to the line quick, checking some things depending on what the defense was giving us. That was the mentality and Coach Klein told us before the game that if you see something on the field, speak up.”

Vaughn continued, “Coach Klein [was] doing what he does. He called a great game.”

It was a dominant offensive performance from the Wildcats, and one that K-State fans should remember fondly as they look back on the 2021 season.

Written by Greg Atkins

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