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Wildcat report Wildcat report (Oct. 14)

  • Published Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at 12:21 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at 6:05 p.m.

First quarter

Key play: K-State offensive lineman Keenan Taylor was flagged for tripping, which pushed K-State back 15 yards on its opening drive.

Key stat: The Wildcats committed two penalties for 20 yards

Second quarter

Key play: Collin Klein found Tyler Lockett for a 45-yard gain late in the quarter to set up a touchdown that put K-State ahead 17-14.

Key stat: K-State picked up nine first downs, compared to two by Iowa State.

Third quarter

Key play: Klein scrambled to his right and ran in a 12-yard touchdown to put K-State ahead 24-14

Key stat: The Wildcats started a drive at the ISU 30 and the Cyclones started a drive from their own 1.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Iowa State QB Jared Barnett threw an incomplete pass in front of his own end zone with 49 seconds remaining.

Key stat: On its final two drives, Iowa State completed one pass.

Report card

Offense: B. Klein played his best game, but every yard he gained was tough. He had to scramble for first downs and find Chris Harper on the perimeter. John Hubert was held to 79 yards and the offense committed too many penalties.

Defense: A. Jared Barnett fooled K-State defenders early with his scrambling ability, and used his imagination to make big plays. But as the game wore on, the Wildcats were dominant on ISU’s final two drives.

Special teams: B+. Anthony Cantele made two important field goals and Ryan Doerr pinned Iowa State in poor field position. But it wasn’t a perfect day. Tramaine Thompson fumbled a punt. Luckily, it didn’t hurt K-State when Ty Zimmerman made an interception on the next play.

Coaching: B+. K-State fought through a rowdy crowd, communication problems and a boatload of penalties to win a tough road game. Bill Snyder’s discipline showed.

Player of the game: Klein. The senior made good decisions all day and carried his team at times.

Reason to hope: The Wildcats have played a game they would like to forget and are still undefeated with two road wins under their belt.

Reason to mope: K-State committed nine penalties, proving that it can’t always rely on error-free games.

Looking ahead: Though Texas Tech has proven West Virginia can be beaten, a trip to Morgantown could be the Wildcats’ toughest game of the year. West Virginia’s offense will present a unique test.

Quote: “I would have liked for us to play a little better than we did. But there were times we played extremely well.” – Bill Snyder.

Notes

Milestone moments — Klein reached two career milestones on Saturday. He scored his 43rd rushing touchdown, which is second-most in school history and a K-State QB record. He has also thrown for 3,157 yards, making him the 12th player in K-State history to throw for 3,000 yards.

Worth noting — Zimmerman has intercepted a pass in three straight games. ... K-State has started 6-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1999-2000.… Brown walked away from the game with a bandage over his left ear. He said it was cut during the game, but wasn’t a major injury.

— Kellis Robinett

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