Freshman running back Deuce Vaughn steps up for Wildcats in upset

Freshman running back Deuce Vaughn hurdles some Arkansas State defenders in K-State's 35-31 loss to the Bears. (Photo courtesy of Emily Starkey of K-State Sports)

The Kansas State football team upset the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, Oklahoma, on Saturday to achieve their first win of the season. A big reason why the Wildcats were able to pull off the upset was because of true freshman running back Deuce Vaughn.

Vaughn’s impact was both on the ground and through the air. He had eight carries for 45 yards for one touchdown, and four receptions for 129 yards.

The Wildcats were down 28-7 at the beginning of third quarter. They had a massive second half to comeback and win.

Vaughn’s touchdown tied the game up for the Wildcats on a 38-yard run.

He also came just short of another touchdown on a long pass play from senior quarterback Skylar Thompson, but he was tackled just short of the goal line. However, it set up a 1-yard rushing touchdown for Thompson that got the comeback going for the Wildcats.

“They were in man [coverage],” Vaughn said. “I cut across [the defenders] face. I caught the ball, and I split between the mic linebacker. And then it was just me and the safety. And I made a play. I got to the five-yard line, and I felt somebody on my leg, and I was like ‘Get the ball in the end zone.’ I’m only 5-foot-6, so it is kind of hard.”

To the rest of the college football world, Deuce Vaughn may be a surprise, but to head coach Chris Klieman his performance was no surprise.

“I see it everyday [from Vaughn] in practice,” Klieman said. “He is so quick. He is so shifty. He is a much stronger lower body guy than people would give him credit for. He has great strength, and really good hands. I am glad he is on our squad.”