‘He’s obviously a special talent’: Deuce Vaughn makes mark in K-State win over Texas Tech

Freshman running back Deuce Vaughn runs past Texas Tech defenders to score a touchdown on Oct. 3, 2020. The Wildcats beat the Raiders 31-21 during Ft. Riley day in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. (Dalton Wainscott | Collegian Media Group).

True freshman Deuce Vaughn shows in each game he is one of the best running backs in the Big 12 Conference.

Vaughn rushed 113 yards and totaled 81 receiving yards, including two touchdowns. Vaughn is the first K-State true freshman to rush for over 100 yards since Logan Dold in 2008.

The 5’5″ running back from Round Rock, Texas, had a larger role than usual in the last 2 and a half quarters of the game following senior quarterback Skylar Thompson’s apparent arm injury.

Vaughn caught a pass and ran 70 yards to the end zone, and helped the Wildcats score 10 points with just over two minutes left in the 4th quarter. This is the second week in a row Vaughn had a reception of 70 yards or longer.

“He’s obviously a special talent,” head coach Chris Klieman said. “Deuce played really well.”

Through three games, Vaughn totals 439 total yards in 44 touches, with four touchdowns. Deuce averages 9.97 yards per touch, making him a double threat for the Wildcats. Vaughn said he’s more worried about team success than his own stats.

“I’m just taking it day by day, game by game, and just trying to give my team a great chance to win and they’re giving me a great chance to succeed as well,” Vaughn said.

Freshman quarterback Will Howard, who replaced Thompson in the second quarter, praised Vaughn.

“[Deuce] is a great player, great playmaker. He just did what Deuce does,” Howard said