Fiesta Bowl report (Jan. 3)

08/25/2013 9:02 AM

08/25/2013 9:02 AM

First quarter

Key play: De’Anthony Thomas scored on a 94-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff.

Key stat: Thomas scored 12 of Oregon’s 15 first-quarter points.

Second quarter

Key play: Anthony Cantele missed a 40-yard field goal and Oregon answered with a quick touchdown to close out the half ahead 22-10.

Key stat: Chris Harper made five catches for 47 yards.

Third quarter

Key play: Marcus Mariota scored on a 2-yard keeper that put Oregon ahead 31-10.

Key stat: Oregon amassed 166 yards of offense.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Collin Klein threw an interception on K-State’s final drive.

Key stat: Oregon finished the game with 385 yards compared to 283 for K-State.

Report card

Offense: C. Klein was unable to break free for long runs, and that made throwing difficult. He completed 17 of 32 passes and threw two interceptions. Angelo Pease had his moments in the first half, and Harper was strong throughout. But the offensive line struggled, and too many passes were dropped.

Defense: B+. The Wildcats played admirably on defense, holding the Ducks to 385 yards and forcing three punts. They were simply on the field too long.

Special teams: C. K-State had some solid returns, and some quality punts, but that is about all that went right here. Surrendering a 94-yard touchdown return on the opening play set the tone for the game. Missing a 40-yard field goal hurt, too.

Coaching: C. Bill Snyder’s losing streak in bowl games continues. The coaching staff seemed to do an adequate job preparing K-State for Oregon’s game plan, but the team didn’t execute in several areas.

Player of the game

Thomas scored the first touchdown and had another touchdown later. His speed was a difference-maker.

Reason to hope

K-State returns most of its offense next season, and the current senior class has set a good example of how to win.

Reason to mope

The Wildcats lose the majority of their defense. Outside of Ty Zimmerman and Tre Walker, their will be plenty of new faces making tackles next season.

Looking ahead

K-State will try to finish off an already promising recruiting class and start developing new players in the spring. Next year will be interesting with playing time up for grabs at several positions.

— Kellis Robinett

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