Friday’s box score
The box score can be found here.
Key Play: A 97-yard punt return from Christian McCaffrey for a touchdown was nullified due to an illegal Stanford block. Instead of six points, the Cardinal had to start their second drive with poor field position.
Key Stat: Stanford quarterback Ryan Burns completed all five of his passes for 69 yards.
Key Play: Burns connected with receiver Michael Rector for a 40-yard touchdown on the opening play.
Key Stat: McCaffrey got going and rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Key Play: Charmeachealle Moore stepped out of bounds while returning a fumble, negating a touchdown.
Key Stat: K-State possessed the ball for nearly 12 minutes.
Key Play: McCaffrey broke free for a 41-yard touchdown run to clinch the game.
Key Stat: Ertz threw his first collegiate touchdown pass.
Player of the game
Christian McCaffrey. There’s a reason he’s a Heisman contender. He showed off his playmaking skills once again Friday, amassing 210 all-purpose yards and scoring two touchdowns.
Offense: D. It will take more than 335 yards and 13 points to win in the Big 12. Jesse Ertz and Byron Pringle never appeared on the same page, making it difficult for K-State to throw the ball all night.
Defense: B. The first half was a disaster, and K-State needs to make adjustments against the pass. But K-State figured things out in the second half and held McCaffrey mostly in check. Dante Barnett gave the unit a nice lift in his return.
Special Teams: B. K-State is fortunate Stanford was penalized for an illegal block that nullified a 97-yard punt return by McCaffrey. The penalty had no impact on the play.
Coaching: C. The Wildcats committed too many needless penalties, including delay of game, and that’s on the coaching staff. K-State, at times, looked unprepared.
Reason to hope
K-State’s defense showed serious signs of potential against one of the nation’s most dynamic offenses.
Reason to mope
It could be a while before K-State starts to click on offense.
The Wildcats get a week off before hosting Florida Atlantic on Sept. 17. They will be heavily favored in their home-opener. Scoring should come easier against a lesser opponent.