Wildcat-Jayhawk Report

10/23/2011 12:00 AM

10/24/2011 6:36 AM

First quarter

Key play: Collin Klein hit Tyler Lockett across the middle for a 24-yard pass play. K-State's offense did whatever it wanted the rest of the game.

Key stat: 86 passing yards for Klein.

Second quarter

Key play: Klein found Lockett for a long gain just before halftime that set up an Anthony Cantele field goal and allowed K-State to take a 31-14 lead.

Key stat: 176 passing yards for Klein. His previous career high was 146.

Third quarter

Key play: Lockett opened up the second half with a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. At that point, the route was on.

Key stat: Seven. K-State reached the red zone seven times to this point and scored all seven times.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Sammuel Lamur scored a touchdown on an 11-yard run. Finally some success for the backup quarterback.

Key stat: One. The number of second-half touchdowns for Kansas.

Reason to hope

K-State: Proved it can win when people expect it to. Good teams have been blowing out the Jayhawks this season. The Wildcats did the same.

KU: Jordan Webb completed 21 of 28 passes.

Reason to mope

K-State: The Wildcats are about to embark on their toughest stretch. They will face Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M.

KU: The running backs didn't look as good as they have for most of the season.

Player of the game

K-State freshman WR Tyler Lockett is making a huge impact with a 97-yard kickoff return TD and a 19-yard pass TD.

Next up

K-State: No. 3 Oklahoma is headed to Manhattan for what will be the biggest game at Snyder Family Stadium in recent memory.

KU: A game at Texas, the first opponent this season to not be unbeaten when facing KU — the Longhorns are 4-2.

K-State grades

Offense: A. No complaints here. Klein made great reads throughout and was effective running and passing. John Hubert was consistently involved in the running game, and Lockett and Chris Harper made big plays.

Defense: A. Emmanuel Lamur and Meshak Williams made sure the score would be lopsided with key tackles for loss early. The secondary looked good throughout.

Special teams: A. Lockett scored a touchdown on special teams for the second straight week, and Cantele made an important field goal just before halftime.

Coaching: A. Bill Snyder owns this rivalry. As soon as Kansas made a push and cut K-State's lead to 28-14, the Wildcats responded with big plays and led 38-14 less than a minute into the second half.

KU grades

Offense: D. The Jayhawks failed to establish the run, carrying 37 times for 76 yards. KU had two crucial turnovers in the third quarter. K-State seemed to know what was coming, especially on first and second down.

Defense: F. The Jayhawks gave up 6.2 yards per run and looked woefully unprepared to handle the Wildcats' zone read plays. K-State could have scored 70 on KU.

Special teams: F. The game was over in the third quarter when K-State's Tyler Lockett returned the opening kickoff of the half for a 97-yard touchdown. The special teams gave KU no chance for a comeback.

Coaching: F. In a game that was important for the perception of the program, Turner Gill delivered an all-out stinker. The buck stops with him.

Quotes

"It is another Saturday. I think our players played hard and did so with some spirit and emotion and didn't look beyond this ballgame."

—Snyder

"I still believe in my ability to coach. I still believe in my ability to develop."

—Gill

Notes

* K-State WRs Brodrick Smith and Sheldon Smith were once again absent Saturday. Both players missed last Saturday's game at Texas Tech for unspecified reasons.

* What are the chances ESPN sends its "College Gameday" show to Manhattan next week to preview K-State's game against Oklahoma? K-State president Kirk Schulz says high. "We are the story in America right now," he said.

Schulz said he will attend a regularly scheduled meeting of the Big 12's board in Dallas on Monday. He said Missouri's status with the conference will be the main topic. He wants to know the Tigers' intentions. If they are headed for the SEC, he said the Big 12 needs to know quickly so it can once again begin the expansion process. "All this indecisiveness isn't good for anybody," he said.

—Kellis Robinett,

J. Brady McCollough

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