Postgame: Baylor 47, K-State 42

Kansas State’s offense was good. Its defense was bad. That’s all you really need to know about the Wildcats’ 47-42 loss at Baylor yesterday.

But here is a deeper look at everything that transpired in Waco, anyway.

THE GOOD
1. Aubrey Quarles is turning into a real weapon at wide receiver. The senior caught six passes for 131 yards and a touchdown Saturday, and was consistently wide open. His route running improves every game, and he has the best hands on the team.

2. William Powell is no Brandon Banks, but he is awful close. The backup running back terrorized Baylor with huge kick return after huge kick return, and regularly gave K-State stellar field position. He took four returns up field for 172 yards, and broke free for a 100-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
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Postgame: K-State 27, Iowa State 20

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Kansas State defeated Iowa State 27-20 on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium. Daniel Thomas did most of the leg work by running for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries, and the Wildcats are hoping to parlay their 3-0 start into a promising season.

Here’s a look at everything that transpired — good, bad and interesting — between the Wildcats and Cyclones:

FIVE THINGS THAT WENT WELL
1. Thomas deserves first mention. Before the game started, K-State coach Bill Snyder told the senior running back to be ready to carry the load. He did.

The Wildcats went to him a career-high 34 times, and he delivered from start to finish. It wasn’t the easiest of experiences, but Thomas said he felt strong afterward. Read More »

Postgame: K-State 31, UCLA 22

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It was a big day for Daniel Thomas and a big win for Kansas State.

After rushing for 234 yards and two touchdowns, Thomas was singled out all over the place. A few writers threw the word “Heisman” around, and ESPN analysts awarded him a helmet sticker on their late night college football show. He deserved the recognition.

Thomas was an absolute workhorse Saturday, and lived up to all the hype he created for himself by leading the Big 12 in rushing a year ago. Only Oklahoma State’s Kendall Hunter did better on opening day.

And because of Thomas’ efforts, K-State is off to a 1-0 start. With other teams across the Big 12 struggling with opponents they were expected to easily defeat, the Wildcats’ win over UCLA carries some weight.
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Position Preview: Defensive Line

Can Kansas State sustain a strong pass rush this season?

That is the number one question currently being asked of the Wildcats’ defensive line.

A year ago, K-State struggled to rush the quarterback from the get-go and ended the year with only 20 sacks. Aside from Jeffrey Fitzgerald, who led the team with seven sacks, the Wildcats found little success tackling opposing signal-callers in the backfield.

With Brandon Harold, a former freshman All-American, returning at defensive end along with Antonio Felder, who made three sacks last year, there is hope to be found. Read More »

More expected out of Prizell Brown in 2010

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Glance at Prizell Brown’s stats from last season, and you’re not going to find anything impressive.

Eleven games played, 10 tackles and half a sack. Very eh.

But when it comes to Brown, numbers don’t do the senior justice. An Austin, Texas native, Brown spent his junior season adjusting to the defensive line. Up until then, the 6-foot-2, 265-pounder was a tight end by trade.

Like anyone making the transition from blocking and catching passes to fighting through blocks and rushing the passer, Brown suffered growing pains. But by the end of the season, he was performing well enough to start five of the final six games and create some buzz heading into his senior year.

“Prizell has been prominent up to this point in time,” Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder said. Read More »

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.
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Postgame: Texas Tech 66, K-State 14

LUBBOCK, Texas — You know that cliché football celebration where two players run at each other, jump into the air and harmlessly bounce off each other? Well, that celebration was all over the place Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium.

It was so rampant that at one point two Texas Tech wide receivers decided they’d done it too much. After scoring one of their many touchdowns on the way to a 66-14 victory over Kansas State, they ran at each other, stopped dead in their tracks and shrugged before opting for a high five.

That’s how lopsided it was in Lubbock. Touchdowns became ordinary for the Red Raiders. They churned out 739 yards of total offense, 490 of which came from first-time starter Steven Sheffield who also passed for seven touchdowns, and moved the ball at will all game.
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