Notes from K-State’s 52-13 victory

01/01/2013 6:05 PM

01/01/2013 6:05 PM

First quarter

Key play: Collin Klein broke three tackles on a 16-yard run that put K-State in scoring range on its opening drive. He later scored on a short run.

Key stat: K-State possessed the ball for more than nine minutes.

Second quarter

Key play: Klein lateraled to no one (or too far from Chris Harper) on a bizarre trick play near the goal line, which allowed Miami to score a field goal on the final play of the first half and pull within 24-6.

Key stat: K-State rushed for 52 yards while Miami rushed for 10 yards.

Third quarter

Key play: Klein put K-State ahead 31-6 on a quarterback sneak. The Wildcats were firmly in control from there.

Key stat: Arthur Brown made seven tackles.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Daniel Sams scored a touchdown on his first play. The rout was on.

Key stat: K-State allowed its first touchdown of the season late in the fourth quarter.

Report card

Offense: A+. The Wildcats gained 498 yards, picked up 27 first downs, scored 52 points and punted once . Hard to do any better than that.

Defense: A. K-State’s secondary depended on dropped passes and penalties to get out of a few tough situations, but the defense played well overall. The Wildcats allowed 40 rushing yards, and once again tightened up close to the goal line.

Special teams: A K-State benefited from good field position thanks to strong returns and routinely put Miami in poor field position with good kicks. Other than a missed 38-yard field goal from Anthony Cantele, there was nothing to complain about.

Coaching: B+. Bill Snyder loses a letter grade for calling a no-look, behind-the-back pass from the 1-yard line right before halftime. But it’s hard to focus on one bad decision in a win like this. K-State improved in most areas.

Player of the game: Klein completed all but two of his passes and did whatever he wanted on offense.

Reason to hope: The Wildcats turned a narrow win over Miami into a 10-win season last year. Maybe a blowout win over Miami can lead to bigger things this year.

Reason to mope: At some point, opposing receivers are going to stop dropping passes.

Looking ahead: As long as K-State stays focused, it should beat North Texas without much trouble. Beat the Mean Green, and its Big 12 opener at Oklahoma in two weeks could be the game of the week.

Notes

Beating Miami for the second straight year took on added meaning for senior linebacker Arthur Brown.

Brown began his college football career at Miami, but transferred to K-State after two unsuccessful seasons. He has since become a star defender for the Wildcats.

“This game, in particular, is great for me because I played at Miami,” Brown said. “But there are no hard feelings.”

Brown made six tackles against Miami a year ago, and played a key role in K-State’s late defensive stand. On Saturday, he made 10 tackles, a sack and recovered a fumble. His former teammates had to be impressed.

“It means something for him,” K-State receiver Chris Harper said. “He knows a lot of players over there. I don’t think he has a chip on his shoulder like they did him dirty or anything, but he wants to beat them.”

Worth noting: K-State fell short of a sellout against Miami with 48,843 in attendance. Snyder Family Stadium holds a little more than 50,000.… Tavon Rooks started on the offensive line at tackle with Nick Puetz out with an injury.… K-State kept opponents out of the end zone for the first seven quarters of a season for the first time since 2002.

— Kellis Robinett

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