November 10, 2013
By Kelly McHugh
So where do we start?
John Hubert rushing for 157 yards? Jake Waters showing poise in the pocket passing...and rushing? The offensive line playing lights-out football? Or how about Daniel Sams' athleticism and two touchdowns?
Overall the K-State offense played a complete game yesterday in Lubbock, Texas, defeating No. 23 Texas Tech, 49-26
But it wasn't just the offense that shined. K-State's defense held Texas Tech thanks to solid performances from junior linebacker Jonathan Truman who led the way with 12 tackles and junior defensive back Randall Evans who recorded 10 tackles and one interception. Junior defensive end Ryan Mueller recorded 3.0 sacks for 15 yards yesterday, putting him at a Big 12-leading 10.5 total sacks this season.
Ty Zimmerman's fourth-quarter pick-six secured the Wildcats' victory and put him at 13 career interceptions, tied for third all-time in school history with Dyshod Carter (1997-2000).
"I think we've improved a good deal. Not as much as I would have liked. But we are getting better week-in and week-out," Head coach Bill Snyder said after the game. "I think we were better this week than we were a week ago. Probably played as well today and were better today - offense, defense, kicking game. Collectively, I thought we played as well as we have many times."
Hubert's 157 rushing yards, his third 100-plus yard game this season, put him at 2,651 total career rushing yards - fourth in Wildcat history.
"He read the O-line blocks well, and he hit that hole," sophomore Cody Whitehair said. "That was another thing we stressed was our team hitting the holes better. And John hit that hole and took it to the house."
Waters completed 6-of-9 passes for 65 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 38 yards and two touchdowns on eight attempts, while Sams completed 1-of-2 passes for 11 yards and had 81 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 11 attempts.
K-State's 35 first-half points were the most first half points the Wildcats have scored on the road since the team put away 43 points against Kansas in a 64-0 win on Nov. 2, 2002.
A perfect way to complete the day, Evans intercepted a deep pass from Texas Tech freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield in the final seconds of the game, and just like that, K-State football recorded its third conference win in as many weeks.
It's been an uphill battle this season for K-State football, but hopes of turning around its shaky start have never been more promising than after yesterday's win.
"We're not a team that's going to get pushed over," senior wide receiver Tramiane Thompson said. "A lot of people, as I said last week, turned their back on us. We had a couple of tough losses at the beginning of the year, but to go to another team's house, and play solid and play aggressive, and come out with the W, you know, it's a positive thing for us."
This weekend the Wildcats will return to Bill Snyder Family Stadium and look ahead to back-to-back home games. On Saturday, K-State takes on TCU at 2:30 p.m. The game will be aired on FOX Sports Net.
On November 23, the Wildcats will return home to face No. 10 Oklahoma; the time/television coverage for that game is still TBA.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS SEASON WITH WIN
K-State women's basketball came out victorious in its 2013-14 regular season opener with an 85-53 win over Tennessee State.
"It is great to get that first win at home, we're excited," K-State head coach Deb Patterson said. "We definitely improved from the first half to the second half with our rebounding effort, which is encouraging, and also with our assist numbers, which is encouraging. This team came in at halftime and improved in some areas that we addressed."
The Wildcats started the game with youth on the court, starting four freshmen, forwards Erica Young and Bre Lewis and guards Leti Romero and Kindred Wesemann, along with junior guard Haley Texada.
"They did great. I know there must have been a little bit of nervousness being that it was their first game and there was a lot of youth out there, but I had a lot of confidence in Haley because she has been through the wars," Patterson said. "She is a great setter for us and a great communicator when she is out there. It was definitely a young crew, but was really anchored there with Haley so I felt very secure."
Texada showed her poise and leadership as she recorded 15 points and five rebounds.
The freshmen starters showed what they were made of as Romero scored a game-high 16 points while Lewis grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Senior Ashlynn Knoll returned to the court for the first time since last January after suffering an injury during the 2012-13 season and scored eight straight points in her debut minutes on the court.
"It is great coming back, definitely a long rehab working hard, but it is rewarding and amazing to get to play one more year," Knoll said. "It was a fun game. I will definitely start taking advantage of it and appreciating everything and every minute."
K-State women's basketball returns to Bramlage Coliseum this afternoon at 12:30 p.m. to take on the Charlotte 49ers.
ALSO THIS WEEKEND...
K-State volleyball swept West Virginia (25-13, 25-15, 25-14) yesterday evening in Ahearn Field House. The Wildcats were led on the court by senior Kaitlynn Pelger who recorded a match-high 16 kills on a .619 hitting percentage.
"I thought we played extremely well in all phases," said head coach Suzie Fritz. "We did not have a lot of system breakdowns, so we got to play within our system. We played with great discipline, focus and tremendous energy."
Click here for more information on the Wildcat's volleyball victory.
K-State Tennis traveled to Tempe, Ariz., yesterday for the Thunderbird Invite and Wildcats junior Amina St. Hill and freshman Iva Bago came out victorious. For more on K-State Tennis' busy weekend, click here.
The No. 7 K-State equestrian team also found success this weekend in Martin, Tenn., as the the Wildcats came out victorious over No. 10 SMU and UT-Martin. For more about equestrian getting back into winning ways, click here.