FINAL: K-State runs back to take the lead, 35-17

Sophomore quarterback Alex Delton, runs the ball during the Cactus bowl game between K-State and UCLA in Phoenix, Arizona on Dec. 26, 2017. (Photo by Cooper Kinley | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State Wildcats made a huge comeback in the second half of the 2017 Cactus Bowl, where they won against the University of California, Los Angeles Bruins.

K-State recovered from their off-beat start against UCLA in the second half of the Cactus Bowl.

Quarterback Alex Delton led the Wildcats into a purple victory. After continuous running plays, the Wildcats were able to make it down field and get two touchdowns in the third quarter alone.

In the third quarter, Delton ran up the middle for one yard, bringing the Wildcats up, 14-17. Shortly after, he found Dominique Heath, where the threw an eight yard touchdown pass, sealing the third quarter for the Wildcats, 21-17.

Within one minute of being in the fourth quarter, Alex Barnes ran down the field for 41-yards to get another touchdown for the Wildcats. Later, Delton rushed up the middle once again for a three yard touchdown, boosting the Wildcats up to a score of 35-17.

UCLA made very little progress in either quarters. A majority of quarterback Devon Mobster’s passes were either swatted or flat out incomplete and hit the ground.

Making history

In the first half, Delton broke K-State bowl history.

Last year at the Texas Bowl, Dominique Heath ran down the field for 52 yards, the longest rush in K-State’s Bowl history. In the Cactus Bowl, Alex Delton shattered that record when he ran for 68 yards down the field.

Delton has now rushed for more yards than any other K-State player in bowl history. The last player to reach this level was Josh Scobey in the 2001 Cotton Bowl. Delton finished with 158 yards.

I'm DeAundra Allen, co-editor-in-chief and sports editor at the Collegian. I'm a junior in broadcast journalism and pre-law, with a minor in philosophy. I was born in Brighton, Colorado, home of La Placita and the Bulldogs. I moved to Kansas in 2010, and fell in love with press boxes at a young age. In my spare time, I talk about my pets, sports, and work towards going to law school.