K-State falls to Navy in Liberty Bowl, 20-17

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Update 5:50 p.m.

Bijan Nichols kicked a 23-yard field goal with two seconds remaining and No. 21 Navy capitalized on a fourth-down gamble in the final minute to beat Kansas State 20-17 in the Liberty Bowl.

A Navy team with the nation’s top-ranked rushing attack set up the winning score by completing a halfback option pass with less than 30 seconds left. The Midshipmen snapped the ball on fourth-and-3 from the Kansas State 46. Quarterback Malcolm Perry pitched to C.J. Williams, and he threw downfield to a wide-open Chance Warren for a 41-yard gain. Nichols then connected for the winning kick.

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The Kansas State Wildcats wrap up a successful first season of the Chris Klieman era with an appearance in the Liberty Bowl against Navy.

The game kicks off at 2:45 p.m. this afternoon (Tuesday) in Memphis, televised on ESPN. The Wildcats enter the game at 8-4, finishing ? in the Big 12 Conference. In the preseason, K-State was picked to finish ninth in the league.

Navy enters the game ranked No. 23 in the country with a 10-2 record. Eyewitness News reporter Chelsea Croft is in Memphis to cover the Wildcats. Follow her on Twitter (@KWCHChelsea) and catch her live coverage on Eyewitness News at 4, 5, and 6 with comprehensive post-game coverage at 9 and 10. You can catch our 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. hour- long newscasts on the KSCW, ch. 33, cable ch. 5.

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