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PURPLE WINS IN LAST FIVE SECONDS (sort of)
By Mark Janssen
In reality, the Purple team had no problems in handling the White squad Saturday in the Spring Game staged at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Purple 59, White 16.
But with the 24-3 score flipped at the half, it was Purple that had to make the heroic comeback to overcome a six-point deficit and win the game 38-37 on a 15-yard Collin Klein to Chris Harper pass play with five seconds remaining.
Coming back from an interception on the previous series, Klein said, "It was good practice to come back from something bad that happen and have an answer when the game was on the line."
Head coach Bill Snyder agreed, but also had words of praise for each quarterback that played, and not only Klein, who completed 25-of-37 passes for 358 yards and five touchdowns.
"The bottom line is yes, I was pleased with how we came back," said Snyder. "But the way I view it, Collin played well with the exception of the interception; Sam (Sammuel Lamur) played well with the exception of a couple of deep ball mistakes; and, Justin (Tuggle) played well with the exception of the interception. I still don't see a great deal of separation."
Lamur completed 16-of-27 for 156 yards with the White team, plus was 1-of-5 for 17 yards with the Purple squad. Lamur also rushed for 10 yards on 12 carries. Tuggle was 4-of-6 for 62 yards.
While known as a rusher-first QB a year ago, Snyder said of Klein's improvement, "I think he's made progress in the choices he makes and he's made headway in his receiver selection. There's nothing new in regards to what kind of arm he has. It is what it is."
On his personal improvement, Klein said, "It's something I've worked on the whole off-season. It's just been a lot of repetitions and the help that coach (Del) Miller and coach Snyder have provided me with in breaking down the components of my mechanics."
But the Wildcat junior let it be known loud and clear, "This is just the first step. It's a long process."
Sophomore John Hubert ended up being the day's top rusher with 78 yards and one TD on 8 carries, while sophomore Bryce Brown had 73 yards and two scores on 13 carries.
To those numbers, Snyder said, "We didn't run the ball very much. We wanted to throw it around and look at some receivers and put our quarterbacks in a position to see how they made decisions when the pressure was on. We just didn't put an emphasis on the running game. It's always pretty vanilla anyway ... hand it off to Joe, hand it off to Bob."
1ST QUARTER: Purple 14, White 3
Brandon Klimek's 46-yard field goal put the No. 2s on the board first, but after that is the pass-and-catch show orchestrated by Collin Klein. The Wildcat QB ended the first half hitting on 8-of-9 passes for 114 yards, which included a 50-yard strike to Tramaine Thompson and a 13-yard pass to Brodrick Smith.
The Purple team had 139 yards of offense, which included 23 yards by Bryce Brown on three carries.
2nd QUARTER: Purple 10, White 0
Klein converted his only second quarter possession into points throwing 61 yards to Sheldon Smith, while Anthony Cantele later added a 53-yard field goal.
Lamur quarterbacked two series, but went just 1-of-5 for 17 yards, plus had two rushes for a negative 18 yards.
Robert Rose led the White in the first half with 43 rushing yards, while Curry Sexton caught three passes for 32 yards. Lamur was 7-of-12 for 58 yards while with the White.
3rd QUARTER: Purple 14, White 7
Klein quarterbacked a 10-play, 80-yard drive to end the third stanza on a 1-yard run by Bryce Brown with one second remaining.
Earlier in the period Klein threw nine yards to Thompson for the Purple, while Lamur ran 11 yards for a TD for the White.
Klein was 8-of-12 in the period for 87 yards, while Brown rushed five times for 30 yards.
Lamur was 3-of-6 passing for 35 yards, plus had rushes for 14 and 11 yards.
With the score flipped at the half, the third quarter ended with the White leading, 31-17.
4th QUARTER: Purple 21, White 6
A 44-yard John Hubert touchdown run with 11:10 remaining highlighted the fourth quarter, which narrowed the White's lead to 31-24 (remember, they flipped scores at the half.)
Junior Nigel Malone came up with an interception of Justin Tuggle, which led to a 2-yard run by Brown to knot the game at 31-all with 10:19 remaining.
Kicking for the White team, Cantele booted a 40-yard field goal into the wind at the 7:31 mark to put the White team on top 34-31, and then Klimek hit one from 45 yards for a six-point lead.
Klein then took the Wildcats 70 yards on 10 plays with the last being the 15-yard strike to Harper in the end zone.
STARS OF THE GAME:
• Collin Klein: 25 of 37 for 358 yards and five touchdowns
• Tramaine Thompson seven catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns
• Sheldon Smith five catches for 138 yards and one touchdown
• Arthur Brown had 14 tackles to lead the team
• Brandon Harold had six tackles with 2.5 sacks for the White team.
• No. 1 kicker Anthony Cantele successfully connected on a 53- and 40-yard field goal, while backup Brandon Klimek was true on a 46-yard attempt and a 45-yarder. Klimek later missed on a 30-yarder into the wind.
• In the punting department, Ryan Doerr averaged 42.3 yards on three punts, while Logan Ortiz averaged 42.7 yards on seven punts for the White team.
• Notables not playing in the game due to injuries were safety Ty Zimmerman and linebacker Alex Hrebec. All total, 13 Wildcats did not play in the game.
• The Purple sqaud totaled 559 yards and averaged 7.8 yards per play.
• The crowd was announced at 8,594.
2011 CAPTAINS: Captains for the 2011 season were announced prior to kickoff: Arthur Brown, Clyde Aufner, Collin Klein, Emmanuel Lamur, Tysyn Hartman and David Garrett. Alex Hrebec will serve as an honorary captain in 2011.
NEXT YEAR: Kansas State opens the 2011 season on Sept. 3 against Eastern Kentucky at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wildcats also entertain Kent State on Sept. 17, before traveling to Miami on Sept. 24.
Home Big 12 games will be on Oct. 1 against Baylor, Oct. 8 against Missouri, Oct. 29 against Oklahoma, Nov. 12 against Texas A&M and Nov. 26 against Iowa State.
On the road, K-State will face Texas Tech on Oct. 15, Kansas on Oct. 22, Oklahoma State on Nov. 5 and Texas on Nov. 19.
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