Michael Bishop threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more as No. 4 Kansas State beat Oklahoma State 52-20 Saturday and broke an 88-year-old school record with its 14th straight victory.
Bishop hit just 8-of-23 passes, but those completions covered 287 yards, including a 60-yard strike to the 1 that set up Frank Murphy's 2-yard TD run in the third.
Bishop also scored on runs of 12 and 3 yards and fueled a fourth-quarter drive with a 51-yard run as the Wildcats (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) erased the school record for consecutive wins established in 1909-10. Bishop also became Kansas State's all-time career rushing leader for a quarterback with 820 yards.
Oklahoma State (2-4, 1-3) playing away from home for the fifth time in six games, lost its seventh in a row to Kansas State, which has beaten 44 straight unranked opponents at home.
Bishop got the scoring started with his 12-yard run on Kansas State's first possession. The Wildcats' next three touchdowns all came on third-down passes and covered 59 and 81 yards to Aaron Lockett and 46 yards to Murphy, the much-ballyhooed junior college transfer who was suspended the first four games for accepting money from boosters.
Oklahoma State got field goals of 32 and 40 yards from Tim Sydnes in the first half and Tony Lindsay hit Terrance Richardson with a 14-yard scoring pass with 25 seconds left in the half to make it 28-13.
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Backup quarterback Chris Chaloupka connected with Marceilus Rivers for a 6-yard TD pass with 12:31 left in the fourth period that narrowed the score to 38-20.
But Bishop, 41-1 as a starting quarterback in two years at Blinn (Texas) Community College and 1½ at Kansas State, fueled a seven-play, 73-yard march a few minutes later with a twisting, tackle-breaking 51-yard run to the 14.
After he hit Lockett for 11 yards on third and 10, Bishop scored on a 3-yard run.
A moment later, Mark Simoneau recovered a Chaloupka fumble, and Eric Hickson went 22 yards for the touchdown on the very next play to put the Wildcats on top 52-20 with 9:06 left.
In the first period, Lockett took Bishop's pass and slipped between two defenders to go 59 yards for Kansas State's second TD.
With 12:13 left in the half, he beat Ricky Thompson, who made a one-handed lunge for an interception and then lay on the ground and watched Lockett speed away on an 81-yard scoring play.
Murphy took a pass over his shoulder with 6:21 left in the half and juked Trent Alexander at the 10.
Jarrod Cooper became the ninth Wildcat with an interception this season when he picked off Lindsay midway through the third period to set up Martin Gramtica's 43-yard field goal.
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