By Mark Janssen
Kansas State had neither trick nor treat with its offense on Halloween eve at Bill Snyder Family Stadium as the guys in orange from Oklahoma State defeated the Wildcats, 24-14, before a sellout Homecoming crowd of 50,831.
"It hurts. I feel like I let the team down," said Carson Coffman, who had his left ankle "numbed up" but did finish the game with numbers of 23-of-35 for 170 yards, but two interceptions. "I didn't play very well today."
K-State had a season-low of 289 offensive yards, plus had three interceptions and seven penalties that nagged offensive drives all afternoon.
They were numbers that led coach Bill Snyder to say, "You have to throw it to our guys. It's just decision making. There are certain things you have to be able to see in your passing game, but there were things he (Coffman) didn't see. They were things he's been pretty good at, but he wasn't today."
Of the penalties, Snyder pointed out that several came on offense "... and that put us in long-yardage situations, and we weren't able to overcome that. Prior to last week, we had gone five straight games without any penalties from our offensive line. What happened, did we get bored? I don't have an answer."
Snyder summarized, "It is old school stuff, but penalties and turnovers were responsible today in terms of winning and losing than anything else."
While the defense game up 511 yards, it also allowed O-State just 17 points, with the other seven coming on an interception return for a touchdown.
If there was a difference-maker on this afternoon, O-State had the mega-advantage on plays that measured at least 10 yards. The Cowboys had 20 of those plays, which included five of at least 22 yards.
"Part of those big plays were created by missed tackles. We gave up two long plays in the first half, and the in the second half missed tackle, after tackle, after tackle, which gave them five, 10 or 20 extra yards," said Snyder. "It's a mechanical issue. I stopped practice during the course of the week to address it, but we haven't got it yet."
K-State had just seven plays that measured at least 10 yards with the longest being 17 yards. Three of those semi-long plays were in the fourth quarter.
"We haven't been a big-play offensive football team," admitted Snyder. "Part of it is speed."
PLAYS THE SAME, BUT NOT THE RESULTS: Here are a batch of numbers that tell one that the plays were the same, but not the results.
Total Plays - OSU 76, KSU 75, but total yards had OSU with 511 (6.7 yards per play) and KSU 289 (3.9).
Total Rushes - OSU had 37 attempts and KSU 37 attempts, but the Cowboys rushed for 213 yards and the Wildcats for 111.
Total Passes - OSU attempted 39 and KSU threw 38 times, but O-State covered 298 yards with its 22 completions (13.5 yards) and K-State 178 with its 25 catches (7.1 yards).
Rushers - OSU's Kendall Hunter ran it 28 times and KSU's Daniel Thomas 29 times, but Hunter gained 143 and Thomas 101.
MISSED OPPORTUNITY: Josh Cherry, 6-of-6 on field goals entering the game, missed one from 24 yards to open the second half on a kick that would have put K-State ahead 10-7.
On it being a momentum changer, Snyder said, "It had an impact in a number of ways. It took the air out at that time, and then you go to the end of the ball game and now how far down are you? Ten points is different than seven and that alters what you do on kickoffs.
"But that didn't cost us the ball game," Snyder said. "We had far more opportunities to play well enough to stay in the game than just that. But yes, it did have an impact."
POWELL AMONG THE BEST: Kick return ace William Powell is now second on the KSU single-season list in kickoff return yards with 664. That passed Henry Hawthorne (632 in 1970), and only trails Brandon Banks.
Saturday, Powell had two returns for 51 yards.
THOMAS UPDATE: The going was tough for Daniel Thomas, but the Wildcat dasher still managed 101 yards on 29 carries. However, only two of Thomas' runs were for more than eight yards. His quarter totals were 5 for 15 in the first, 8 for 30 in the second, 8 for 21 in the third, and 8 for 35 in the fourth.
KSU RECORD BOOK: No. 1 Darren Sproles, 4,979; No. 2. Ell Roberson, 2,818; No. 3. Eric Hickson, 2,537; No. 4. Mike Lawrence 2,265; 5. DANIEL THOMAS, 2,261.
Saturday, Thomas passed No. 6 Isaac Jackson, 2,182, and No. 5 J.J. Smith, 2,210.
QUOTE OF THE GAME: K-State freshman safety Ty Zimmerman had a career high of 12 tackles. Out of O-State's 25 first-period snaps, Zimmerman made the defensive arrest eight times. The Junction City product had two tackles for negative yards, plus broke up one pass.
Asked if Zimmerman might arguably be playing as consistently as any player on defense, Snyder said, "I don't think it would be an argument. You're not going to get one out of me."
SPORTS EXTRA GAME BALLS
Offense - DANIEL THOMAS went over 100 yards with 101 on 29 carries and a touchdown. Thomas also caught five passes for 32 yards; ADRIAN HILBURN had a career high of six catches for 49 yards.
Defense - TY ZIMMERMAN was everywhere in the first quarter with eight tackles and ended the game with a career-high of 12, plus had two tackles for negative yards and a pass broken up; TYSYN HARTMAN ... also had his career best game with a dozen tackles, plus a fumble recovery
Special Teams - P RYAN DOERR averaged 45.3 yards on six attempts ... twice he had punts downed inside the 20.
• The game was a sellout (50,831) making the fourth of the season in five home dates. K-State's home average this year is 50,432.
• Bill Snyder is now 15-4 in Homecoming games.
• Under Snyder, KSU is now 10-9-1 in home games against ranked teams.
• OSU punter Quinn Sharp, the Big 12 leader, averaged 41.3 yards on six punts, which included having punts downed or dance out of bounds at the 1, 4, 7 and 8 yard lines.
• At the game were representatives from the Chiefs and Jets from the NFL, and the Fiesta Bowl.
NEXT WEEK: Kansas State, 2-3, 5-3, completes its home 2010 season Saturday with a 7 p.m. kickoff against the Texas Longhorns. The game will be televised by ESPN2. The Wildcats will complete regular season play the following three weeks at Missouri, at Colorado and at North Texas.