K-State report card
KU report card
• Kansas State stuck with its usual quarterback rotation on Saturday, starting Waters and bringing Sams off the bench. But the Wildcats didn’t use Sams much. He came in for one series in the first half and rushed for negative yardage on two carries. It was the second consecutive game he saw minimal playing time.
Afterward, Snyder suggested that might change in the bowl game.
“We needed to play Daniel,” Snyder said. “We just didn’t play him enough. That’s my mistake.”
• K-State senior safety Ty Zimmerman once again watched from the sideline on crutches and kicker Anthony Cantele watched in street clothes. Snyder didn’t say when either play might return to the field.
“We could afford to be a whole lot healthier than we are,” Snyder said.
• Ryan Mueller ended his K-State junior season with 61 tackles and 11.5 sacks. Those numbers will put him in the conversation for conference and national honors.
“They are team awards. It is a credit to all the guys who play with me,” Mueller said. “I would love to win every defensive award there is. That means my defense helped me in my success here. It is a credit to all the guys who helped me play.”
• K-State’s Blake Slaughter made 14 of his 15 tackles in the first half.
“I saw the ball and hit the ball,” Slaughter said. “Coaches put me in the right position, and I just did the rest.”
• KU offensive line coach Tim Grunhard announced last week that he was resigning to spend more time with his family — including four kids in high school. The former Chiefs Pro Bowl center joined Weis’ staff after a stint as Bishop Miege’s coach, and he will be missed, said senior offensive lineman Gavin Howard.
“He’s been a really good role model for all of us,” Howard said. “He doesn’t need to coach anymore. He did it because he liked it. Coach Weis works everyone real hard and they’re expected to put in these hours. And Coach Grunhard decided he needed to see his family, and I respect him for that.”
Weis said he would be in the homes of prospects that Grunhard had been recruiting this week.
• The attendance of 43,610 was the largest of the season at Memorial Stadium, and it appeared about half of the crowd was wearing purple.