Live Blog: K-State 20, Colorado 6

FINAL
They ran off the field to applause but were greeted in the locker room by an angry coach.

Despite his team improving to 3-1 in Big 12 play and defeating Colorado 20-6 on Saturday at Snyder Family Stadium, coach Bill Snyder was very disappointed in the way his team played.

He said the offense played miserably, and if not for a great defensive effort the Wildcats likely would have lost. But K-State came up with a great defensive effort. Aside from Colorado’s opening and ending drives, the Buffaloes were unable to move the ball.

Next up is a trip to Oklahoma. Check back later for a full postgame report.

6:37 4th Quarter
Kansas State is close to putting this away, but a fumbled pitch by Grant Gregory on an option play just kept the Wildcats out of the end zone.

With a 20-6 lead and this little time remaining, the game is likely over but who knows? Colorado tried to convert a fake punt from in front of its own end zone a few minutes ago. Seemed like a silly play and K-State stopped it pretty easily.

No points have been scored in this half.

14:50 4th Quarter
That was a really fast third quarter. Lots of sacks, two intentional grounding penalties, four punts and zero points.

K-State is driving right now though. A field goal would likely put the game. That would give the Wildcats a three-score advantage.

4:42 3rd Quarter
This game has really slowed down. Both defensive lines are starting to find success rushing the quarterback and first downs are suddenly hard to come by.

No scores so far in the second half. K-State will take, though. Twenty points might be enough to hold on for a win.

HALF
MANHATTAN — The score at halftime is much closer than it’s been the last two weeks, and that’s OK for the Kansas State football team.

Behind a strong defensive effort and a solid offensive start to the game K-State leads Colorado 20-6 with 30 minutes left to play at Snyder Family Stadium.

The Wildcats have been led by junior running back Daniel Thomas so far. On 12 carries he has rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown. Senior quarterback Grant Gregory has 24 rushing yards and a touchdown.

K-State’s other six points have come on Josh Cherry field goals.

Colorado has turned the ball over three times after starting the game with an impressive touchdown drive behind the quick feet of sophomore quarterback Tyler Hansen.

The Wildcats have put pressure on the Buffaloes since that first drive. Colorado only has 130 total yards on offense. Junior safety Emmanuel Lamur has looked particularly strong. He made an interception at the end of the first half and has also come up with some big open-field tackles.

Colorado will receive the opening kickoff of the second half.

1:11 1st Quarter
Another Colorado miscue leads to another Kansas State score. This time Colorado fumbled a punt in the red zone and Grant Gregory responded by running in a five-yard touchdown.

The Wildcats defense is really looking strong here today, and though the offense isn’t truly clicking it’s doing what it needs to. When given short fields, it is going to score just about every time.

As long as K-State can keep Colorado off the scoreboard here on this drive it will be a great first half effort.

3:35 1st Quarter
No score in the last couple minutes, but K-State’s defense is really improving here today.

Tyler Hansen is scrambling and keeping plays alive but he has no one to throw to. The Wildcats’ pass coverage is terrific so far.

11:24 2nd Quarter
Tyler Hansen gave Kansas State tremendous field position by fumbling a snap at his own 13-yard line, and the Wildcats took advantage by kicking a field goal.

Josh Cherry is now 2-for-2 on the day.

I’m sure K-State is kicking itself for not getting in the end zone there, though. Keithen Valentine rushed for eight yards on the first play and it looked like the Cats were going to get the TD. But a miscommunication on the next play ended with Grant Gregory falling to the ground on a broken play.

K-State leads 13-6

13:19 2nd Quarter
Colorado can’t stop Daniel Thomas right now. The junior running back already has 81 yards rushing and just scored a touchdown from four yards away.

It seems like the Wildcats have really found their groove between his power game and the shiftiness of Grant Gregory. On their latest drive, they alternated runs between the two players to go 58 yards in six plays and go ahead 10-6.

5:39 1st Quarter
Well, this isn’t going to be the blowout we saw last week. After looking good on offense with an opening field goal, K-State didn’t look so good on defense and now trails 6-3.

Tyler Hansen bailed out the Colorado drive at midfield with a nice scramble on a broken play to convert a third down try and good play calling took over from there. A well-timed screen pass moved CU down field and Rodney Stewart ran in a touchdown from two yards away.

The PAT was missed, though. Colorado leads 6-3.

10:49 1st Quarter
Colorado held Kansas to negative rushing yards last week, but the Buffaloes won’t do the same to Kansas State today.

The Wildcats just went downfield on their opening drive and kicked a field goal. Daniel Thomas broke free for a 36-yard gain and already has 43 yards.

Kickoff
Colorado has won the toss, and Kansas State will receive the opening kickoff.

K-State is a 3.5-point favorite in this one. Should be a good game.

15 minutes till kickoff
Pretty neat deal on the field right now. We’ve got 28 teenagers pledging to join the army and attend K-State after they move on.

30 minutes till kickoff
The sun is out and the stands are starting to fill up here at Snyder Family Stadium. Looks like a good day for football.

Some pregame tidbits to think about: Colorado doesn’t have a senior starting on either the offensive or defensive line. The Buffs actually only have one senior listed on the two deep in those areas.

Brandon Banks can set a conference record for touchdown returns in a single season if he takes one back today against the Buffs.

Tyler Hansen is a lot like Grant Gregory. He was put under center to spark the Buffs offense and he did so with his feet. In his first start last week, CU beat Kansas.

Dan Hawkins does not have a good road record at Colorado. In his three-plus years with the program the Buffs are 2-16 on the road, having lost their last nine in a row.

No surprise here, but Brandon Harold is once again not on the field for warm-ups.