Wildcat report: K-State 51, Missouri State 9
09/01/2012 5:00 AM
01/01/2013 6:05 PM
Key play: Missouri State quarterback Ashton Glaser overthrew an open receiver across the middle on the Bears’ first offensive play of the game. Had his pass been on target, it would have scored a touchdown.
Key stat: Missouri State out-gained K-State 145-90.
Key play: Collin Klein threw a pass high and off the fingertips of Chris Harper in the end zone. Had his throw been a little lower, it would have been a touchdown.
Key stat: K-State out-gained Missouri State 122-66.
Key play: Klein found Tramaine Thompson in the left corner of the end zone on an 18-yard pass for the game’s first touchdown.
Key stat: Tyler Lockett gave K-State good field position with 43 return yards.
Key play: Braden Wilson gave K-State a 23-9 lead with a touchdown run of four yards.
Key stat: Hubert got 95 of his rushing yards on one play.
Offense: B+. Collin Klein seemed hesitant to throw the ball at times, and it took the Wildcats until the third quarter to score their first touchdown despite driving into the red zone three times in the first half. They used a limited playbook, but they will need to perform better in the red zone.
Defense: B. K-State tightened up around the goal line and held Missouri State to field goals, but it allowed far too many yards to an inferior opponent between the 20s. The Bears quarterbacks continually found receivers open across the middle for big gains. K-State’s secondary was a weakness last year, and it was once again Saturday, though Nigel Malone played well.
Special teams: A+. Anthony Cantele didn’t have to attempt any difficult field goals, but he was three for three on his kicks. And K-State scored its first touchdown after getting good field position on pooch kickoff from Missouri State. K-State also pinned Missouri State near its end zone twice on kickoffs.
Coaching: B. K-State might have built a lead on Missouri State in the first half had it taken a more assertive approach on offense, but that is not Snyder’s way against lesser opponents. The Wildcats also could have benefited from a more prepared secondary, though their defense didn’t allow any touchdowns.
Player of the game: John Hubert rushed for more than 100 yards and assured K-State of victory when he took a handoff 95 yards up the left side of the field for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was the longest run ever at Snyder Family Stadium and the second longest in K-State history.
Reason to hope: K-State won by nearly 30 points without using a complex offense.
Reason to mope: The Wildcats gave up more than 350 yards of offense and looked weak in the secondary against perhaps the weakest opponent on its schedule.
Looking ahead: Miami came from behind to beat Boston College on the road Saturday. The Wildcats and Hurricanes played one of the most entertaining nonconference games of the season last year. The rematch could be just as good next week in Manhattan.
K-State has increased Bill Snyder’s annual salary by $250,000. He is now making $2.2 million a year. Snyder has a five-year contract, which rolls over at the end of each season he completes.
K-State has also increased the salaries of its nine assistant coaches by 20 percent. Both raises were announced on the school’s athletic website.
Worth noting: Mark Krause handled K-State’s punting duties in place of expected starter Ryan Doerr. The switch appeared to be a coaching decision. Doerr still played as the team’s holder on field goals … Justin Tuggle got his first start and tackle at linebacker … Angelo Pease started at running back instead of John Hubert … K-State tight end Andre McDonald dressed but did not play.
— Kellis Robinett
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