Postgame: CU 44, K-State 36

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THE GOOD
1. Carson Coffman was limited to about 32 minutes of action, but you’d never know it looking at the final stats. The senior quarterback came on in relief of Collin Klein and absolutely torched Colorado’s defense by completing 16 of 23 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns. He also scampered in to the end zone from six yards away for a score.

Throughout the second half, he made beautiful passes and continually found Aubrey Quarles and Chris Harper in tight situations near the sidelines. He was on the money all afternoon, and the one time he made a pass and threw into coverage Quarles fought for him and caught a tipped pass. It was the best K-State’s passing game has looked all season.

2. David Garrett continues to standout on a weak defense. On an otherwise awful day, the junior cornerback was everywhere for K-State. He made a whopping 16 tackles (14 solo and two for loss) and broke up a pass.
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Player to watch: Rodney Stewart

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In the Big 12, few running backs are more dependable than Rodney Stewart. The Colorado junior rusher currently ranks third in the conference with 1,035 yards on the ground and eight touchdowns.

He is a consistent threat to move the ball on the Buffaloes’ offense, and is capable of handling a heavy workload. Last week against Iowa State, he ran for 123 yards on — get this — 36 carries.

Earlier this season, Daniel Thomas raised a few eye brows by stating that he would be happy to run the ball 30 times per game. Though I’ve never had the pleasure of interviewing Stewart face to face, I’m guessing he would have no problem issuing a similar statement today.

Stewart’s strong will and running ability will pose challenges to Kansas State’s rush defense, which allows an average of 220 yards per game and ranks 119th out of 120 Division I teams nationally.
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