Purple Dominates Spring Game

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The second year of the new Bill Snyder era began Saturday with the annual Purple/White Game capping the end of spring practices. The scrimmage pitted the first string against the second string and was dominated by the first stringers in Purple as 13,696 fans watched at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Carson Coffman got the starting nod for the Purple squad and shined as he found Brodrick Smith on a number of occasions while Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Daniel Thomas provided a heavy dose of rushing yards as he kept his success from the 2009 season going during the scrimmage.

It came down to the final play of the game with Purple punching the ball in across the goal line as time expired to get the 41-38 win although the Purple outscored the White, 79-0. Similar to last year's Spring Game, coach Snyder decided to switch the scores at halftime to test his Wildcats in adverse situations. By flipping the score, Purple now had to find a way to battle back from a 38-0 deficit while White was challenged with holding a lead.

Coffman was in command of the Purple offense all day completing 38-of-51 passes for 440 yards and seven touchdowns. His favorite target on the day was Smith as he pulled in 12 receptions for 167 and four scores. Thomas rushed for 118 yards on 16 carries. Aubrey Quarles also cracked the century mark for the Purple squad catching nine passes for 105 yards and one touchdown.

White struggled to move the ball against K-State's top defense, tallying just 144 yards of total offense compared to 737 from the Purple.

After forcing a three-and-out on the White's first possession, the Purple squad marched down the field on an efficient drive. The touchdown drive was capped off by a 15-yard pass from Coffman to Smith. The drive spanned 10 plays on 65 yards and took 4:05 off the clock.

The Purple continued to dominate the first quarter with two more three-and-outs on defense and more Coffman, Smith and Thomas. Smith tallied his second touchdown catch of the day to put the Purple squad up 21-0 following a Josh Cherry extra point.

The White squad gained just 14 yards on offense in the first quarter and just 67 for the entire first half. The Purple dominated with 336 yards of total offense through the first two quarters with Thomas rushing for 80 yards on 13 carries to average 6.2 per carry. Coffman was an efficient 18-of-24 passing in the first half for 230 yards and five touchdowns with Smith catching six of those passes for 86 yards with two scores as Purple took a 38-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Purple did not take long to cut into that lead with a quick score on a nine-yard pass to Smith following a fumble recovery by the defense. An interception by freshman quarterback Billy Cosh on White's next possession led to another score by Purple with William Powell punching the ball in from five yards out for the first rushing score of the game pulling the score to 14-38.

Shutting down the White offense, Purple continued to pour it on scoring on a nifty eight-yard rush by John Hubert after being surrounded by would-be tacklers behind the line of scrimmage and escaping for the score.

The defensive play of the day came on White's possession after Hubert's touchdown run with cornerback Troy Butler cutting off an out route to the left and returning an interception 37 yards for a touchdown narrowing the lead to just 10 points.

This concludes K-State's spring workout schedule as the Wildcats will turn their focus to final exams in the coming weeks before joining for fall camp in July/August and opening the 2010 campaign against UCLA at home on September 4.