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Wildcat report Saturday’s Wildcat report (Nov. 10)

  • Published Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at 11:07 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at 6:05 p.m.

First quarter

Key play: Collin Klein hit Chris Harper in stride for a 62-yard gain, shaking off whatever rust he accumulated coming off last week’s injury.

Key stat: Klein threw for 80 yards.

Second quarter

Key play: TCU stopped K-State on third-and-goal after recovering a fumble at the 5.

Key stat: The Wildcats rushed for 11 yards.

Third quarter

Key play: K-State stopped TCU near midfield on its first drive, preventing it from gaining much-needed momentum.

Key stat: Both teams combined to pick up seven first downs.

Fourth quarter

Key play: TCU scored its only touchdown in the game’s final minute.

Key stat: Kansas State still has no losses.

Report card

Offense: C-. Klein had his worst game of the season, and neither John Hubert nor Angelo Pease ran the ball effectively. TCU’s defensive line also outplayed K-State’s offensive line. The Wildcats did enough to win, but it wasn’t pretty.

Defense: A+. TCU didn’t score until the fourth quarter, and Meshak Williams and Jarell Childs put pressure on the Horned Frogs all night.

Special teams: A. Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson had some nice returns, Ryan Doerr punted well and Anthony Cantele made three field goals. Solid performance here.

Coaching: B+. K-State’s coaches kept players focused after Alabama lost and the Wildcats picked up an important victory. Things could have gone better, but they still won by 13.

Player of the game

Williams, a defensive end, was the most dominant player up front and caused a lot of trouble for TCU’s offense.

Reason to hope

K-State may be the top-ranked team in the BCS standings on Sunday and it will be favored in its final two games.

Reason to mope

If Ty Zimmerman and Tyler Lockett, who both needed help leaving the field after injuries in the second half, miss any games, K-State will be down two important starters.

Looking ahead

K-State heads to Baylor next week. The Bears have a high-powered offense, but one of the worst defenses in the nation.

Notes

•  Three prominent K-State players battled injuries on Saturday.

Safety Ty Zimmerman and receivers Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton all left the game at different times. Lockett injured his right arm, and left the game wearing a sling. But Zimmerman, who appeared to hurt his right leg, and Lockett, who appeared to hurt his left ankle, both walked to the locker room under their own power.

•  Senior center B.J. Finney took blame for K-State’s ineffective offense. He said the offensive line played its second straight poor game. If it doesn’t improve, he thinks the offense will continue to struggle.

“We can’t lay eggs like this,” Finney said.

•  Injured linebacker Tre Walker made the trip to Fort Worth and led K-State players onto the field before the game wearing sweat pants and a jersey, but no pads. Snyder doesn’t always use travel spots on injured players, but he thought Walker, a vocal leader, could make an impact from the sideline.… The only bowl representative on hand was from the Alamo Bowl.

— Kellis Robinett

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