MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) In the brave new world of college football playoffs, a non-conference win over a ranked team - on the road, no less - could certainly pay dividends when December rolls around.
In that respect, fifth-ranked Auburn made quite the statement with a 20-14 win over No. 20 Kansas State on Thursday night.
Their vaunted ground game held in check, the Tigers were forced to take flight against the Wildcats. Nick Marshall threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns, and the reigning SEC champions logged a momentum-building win with some big conference games looming in a few weeks.