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Kansas State mismanaged its final play of the first half. Nigel Malone had intercepted a pass and returned it to the KU 5 with 16 seconds remaining. The Wildcats led 14-7 and had one timeout. Scoring should have been easy.
But Collin Klein used a timeout to avoid a delay-of-game penalty, and couldn’t find the end zone when he returned the field. He tried to scramble to his left and dive for a touchdown, but came up a yard short and failed to get out of bounds. The half ended without K-State running another play.
“That is a coaching error, my error,” Snyder said. “We should have taught Collin, which I have not, that the play when we’re running down there … When he gets the ball close to the sidelines, he needs to get out of bounds.”
Much like a botched trick play near the goal line at the end of the second quarter against Miami, K-State lost a chance to build a lead.
“We gave up three points that we should have had,” Snyder said. “It was a bad start and a bad ending in the first half.”
Bill Snyder seemed annoyed that a comment he made earlier this week about occasionally eating at Taco Bell late at night became big news. The restaurant chain began advertising at Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday because of it.
During his postgame news conference, he tried to clear the air.
“I go to Taco Bell maybe once every month,” Snyder said. “Once a month at best.”
KU coach Charlie Weis said running back Tony Pierson would undergo tests on Saturday night in Lawrence to determine the severity of an injury suffered during the first half against Kansas State. It was unclear if Pierson’s injury was a possible concussion or something else, but after taking a big hit early, Weis told Pierson to put on a jacket and stay on the sideline for the second half.
Klein didn’t need many passes to score two touchdowns. He completed 7 of 14 for 129 yards.… Angelo Pease rushed for 62 yards in backup duty at running back and Daniel Sams ran for 67 yards as the backup quarterback. … Special guests at Saturday’s game included former K-State quarterback Michael Bishop and “Modern Family” actor Eric Stonestreet, a K-State alumnus who participated in the coin toss.… Four NFL scouts attended the game, including two from the Kansas City Chiefs.