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Kansas State 48, Missouri State 24

By Mark Janssen
 
 
The good news is, Coach Bill Snyder said, "We won."
 
But that was about it, as the Wildcat coach said of Saturday's 48-24 victory over Missouri State.
 
"We didn't play very well, and that's true on both sides of the ball. We're not a very consistent football team on either side."
 
In particular, Snyder was steamed about giving up 24 points and 447 yards to a Football Championship Subdivision football team, and he was peeved at a 3-of-10 ratio on third-down plays, and he wasn't happy one bit about allowing Missouri State to drive the ball 99 yards in 18 plays in the fourth quarter.

In particular, Snyder was steamed about giving up 24 points and 447 yards to a Football Championship Subdivision football team, and he was peeved at a 3-of-10 ratio on third-down plays, and he wasn't happy one bit about allowing Missouri State to drive the ball 99 yards in 18 plays in the fourth quarter.
 
"Third down had a lot to do with how we played collectively as a team," said the K-State coach. "We weren't very good on third down offensively, and we weren't very good defensively on third down."
 
Those two figures allowed Missouri State to control the ball for 33:28 compared to Kansas State's 26:62.
 
While rushing for 203 yards, Snyder said, "I didn't think we ran the ball very well but part of that was that the preparation wasn't what it needs to be."
 
Snyder also said, "We struggled quite a bit," when asked about the kicking game.
 
But again, "We won."
 
RECORD DAY FOR CARSON: Carson Coffman had a career night on Saturday, passing for 280 yards and three touchdowns, but even he took on the tone of his coach.
 
"Not very (pleased). I think we pictured it going a little differently. We thought we were going to score every time we went out there, and that didn't happen, but we're 2-0 right now, and that's what really matters."
 
Coffman completed 18-of-26 passes and played interception-free football, but again he said, "I missed a couple deep balls that I'm upset about." But he did admit, "This game does lift some weight off my shoulders."
 
On his quarterback, Snyder said, "He completed some passes and had some yardage, so I wasn't unhappy with how he played, but there are some things he needs to be much better at, and he knows what they are. His numbers were good, but there's more to it that goes into playing well."
 
Coffman ended up throwing seven passes for 82 yards to Aubrey Quarles and six passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns to Brodrick Smith.
 
K-State's niftiest scoring drive was the final one of the first half when Coffman was perfect on all four of his passes - eight yards to Travis Tannahhill, six yards to Quarles, 16 yards to Smith and the exclamation point being a 23-yard strike to Quarles. The drive covered 68 yards in four plays and took only 54 seconds.
 
If not that one, equally as impressive was the seven-play, 80-yard drive that took 2:36 off the clock midway through the third quarter. Coffman rushed for 11 yards himself, and then hit consecutive passes to Smith (10 yards), Smith (15), Quarles (16) and finally the seven-yard strike to Smith.
 
For the game, Kansas State had 16 plays of at least 10 yards - five rushes and 11 passes--with eight of those covering at least 20 yards.
 
"We had some good drives, but it's just consistency," said Coffman on where he needs to improve. "We did have some great drives, but also some pretty poor ones."
 
PLAY OF THE GAME: It didn't go for six points, but Coffman's flare pass to fullback Braden Wilson was a dandy with the Wildcat fullback breaking an ankle tackle and then bulldozing a Bear defender for a 23-yard gain.
 
THOMAS UPDATE: Daniel Thomas had to huff-and-puff for his yards, but the All-American candidate banged for 137 yards on 21 carries, which included off-tackle touchdown runs of 45 and 21 yards.
 
Missouri State did its best, as 10 of Thomas' 21 rushes covered three yards or less.
 
The 45-yard touchdown run in the first quarter by Thomas was the longest run in his career.
 
In case you missed it, ESPN's Mel Kiper has ranked Thomas as the No. 2 running back in the nation, only behind Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram from Alabama. Kiper has Thomas as the 19th selection in the first round.
 
CLIMBING THE CHARTS TO NO. 10: Daniel Thomas started the night No. 13 on the all-time Kansas State rushing charts with a 13-game total of 1,499 yards. With his 137 yards running, his career total is now 1,636. He climbed past No. 12 James Johnson (1,509), No. 11 L.J. Brown (1,580) and No. 10 Tony Jordan (1,593).
 
Next on the list is Cornelius Davis, who rushed for 1,960 yards in a three-year career from 1966-68.
 
MISSING OUT ON HISTORY (MAYBE): K-State kicker Anthony Cantele missed a chance on being a part of Wildcat history - and maybe NCAA history - in the game.
 
The Wildcat kicker took an option pitch from holder Ryan Doerr and scored on a 3-yard fake field goal run in the second quarter, but with the chance to also kick the following extra point, he banged it off the upright.
 
Of the touchdown, Cantele said, "I'd never scored a touchdown in my life until today."
 
On why he called the fake play, Snyder reasoned, "We weren't beating them at the time (KSU led 7-0). It's not like we were up by 40. We did it because we were having a hard time moving the football and we needed to get points on the board."
 
It wasn't Cantele's night overall as he also misfired on a 26-yard field goal in the first half, giving Josh Cherry the kicking chores for the rest of the night. Cantele, by the way, played soccer for Missouri State in 2008.
 
Here's wondering if the versatile Veryl Switzer ever scored a touchdown, and then kicked the extra point.
 
SAULTE TO THE WILDCAT FANS: With a crowd of 48,672, K-State's two-game total to open the season of 99,731 is the second best two-game start in Kansas State history
 
SPORTS EXTRA GAME BALLS
 
Offense - QB Carson Coffman enjoyed his career night of 280 passing yards and three touchdown; RB Daniel Thomas rushed for  137 yards on just 21 carries with two touchdowns, moving to No. 10 on the Wildcat all-time rushing list; WR Brodrick Smith had all-time highs of six catches for 99 yards and two touchdown; WR Aubrey Quarles had seven snags for 82 yards and one score.
 
Defense - DE Brandon Harold and DT Raphael Guidry led the team with nine tackles each. Harold had two tackles for negative yards.
 
Special Teams - KOR William Powell had two kickoff returns of 41 and 54 yards and a total of three returns for 106 yards.
 
GAME NOTES 
• K-State opened the evening with a moment of silence in remembrance of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. An American flag display was also located along the west Bramlage lawn to pay tribute.
• With the win, K-State is now 15-3 against Missouri Valley opponents; Bill Snyder is 64-14 in non-conference games; and the Cats are 45-5 in the month of September since 1992.
• Getting defensive starts were true freshman Ty Zimmerman at safety over Emmanuel Lamur and Raphael Guidry at defensive tackle over Ray Kibble.
• Kansas State has now scored in 166 straight games, which is the 10th longest string in NCAA football.
• Since 1990, K-State is 124-23 when scoring first.
 
NEXT WEEK: Kansas State, 2-0, opens Big 12 play on Saturday against Iowa State (1-1). The game will be played in Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium starting at 11 a.m., and will be televised by Fox Sports Net.
 
 
We hope you enjoy K-State Sports Extra. We would like to hear your comments and any story ideas for future emails, so fire them our way. Contact either Mark Janssen at mjanssen7@cox.net, or Kansas State Director of Athletic Communications/SID Kenny Lannou at klannou@kstatesports.com.