Key play: Late in the quarter, on a fourth and 8 deep in KU territory, punter Ron Doherty ran for 13 yards on a designed fake and helped keep a long touchdown drive alive.
Key stat: KU quarterback Dayne Crist completed seven of his first eight passes as the Jayhawks pieced together a long touchdown drive on their opening possession.
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Key play: Collin Klein hit Tyler Lockett with a 34-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 14-14.
Key stat: K-State held the ball for 8:25 in the first half.
Key play: Klein threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Travis Tannahill early in the third quarter to give K-State a 28-14 lead.
Key stat: K-State scored 28 points on 12 plays.
Key play: John Hubert scored his final touchdown of the day to put K-State ahead 56-16
Key stat: K-State didn’t attempt a single pass.
KU report card
Offense: D-. The unit found a rhythm early, thanks to a bevy of swing passes to running back Tony Pierson. When Pierson went down because of an injury, QB Dayne Crist went back to struggling and the offense went scoreless in the second half.
Defense: D-. Too many big plays. Too many missed assignments. That’s how the Jayhawks explained the performance, their worst of the season by far. Worst stat: K-State had 346 rushing yards.
Special teams: F. The Jayhawks’ inability to make field goals has been back-breaking — Ron Doherty shanked a 24-yarder — and freshman Tre’ Parmalee’s fumble in the return game was a killer during an ugly third quarter.
Coaching: D-. For the first 20 minutes of the first half, Charlie Weis coached like a professional poker player who’s forced to go all in on every play. And it was pretty fun. Then it got brutal, and the Jayhawks could have been mistaken for a team still coached by Turner Gill.
Player of the game: Collin Klein put up Collin Klein numbers: 116 yards rushing, two touchdowns on the ground, two more in the air.
Reason to hope: There are fewer and fewer these days. But when healthy, running backs Tony Pierson, James Sims and Taylor Cox still look like a talented trio.
Reason to mope: It’s starting to unravel. The KU program is 6-30 in its last 36 games with games against Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Texas coming up next.
Looking ahead: Defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma State comes to Lawrence next Saturday.
Quote: “When you have a minus-five in the turnover ratio to a team that’s as good as this, you’re gonna lose like this most of the time.” — Charlie Weis.
K-State report card
Offense: B. K-State once again loses a letter grade for mishandling a quality scoring chance just before halftime. Giving up a safety is also never good. But the Wildcats ran the ball well otherwise and Collin Klein had two nice passes to Travis Tannahill and Tyler Lockett.
Defense: B+. The Wildcats weren’t ready to defend all the short passes the Jayhawks attempted early, and allowed Kansas to methodically move the ball throughout the first half. They adjusted and dominated the game in the second half, but were slow to respond.
Special teams: A+. Tyler Lockett had some good kickoff returns and Tramaine Thompson looked good returning punts. Nothing to complain about here.
Coaching: B. Charlie Weis surprised K-State with new formations, a fake field punt and a fake field goal early on. And Snyder didn’t properly advise his team before lining up at the 5 with 16 seconds remaining in the first half. Snyder’s team pulled away in the second half, but there are some decisions he’d like back.
Player of the game: John Hubert. The running back needed 10 carries to score four touchdowns and rush for more than 100 yards.
Reason to hope: The Governor’s Cup remains in Manhattan and the Wildcats are off to an undefeated start.
Reason to mope: There are no more easy games on K-State’s schedule. Iowa State is tough at home and a road game against West Virginia looms in two weeks.
Looking ahead: K-State has won four straight against Iowa State, but all four wins came by single digits on home or neutral fields. The Wildcats will still be favored, but winning in Ames will be more difficult.
Quote: “We have bigger goals than just beating KU.” – Chris Harper.
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.