Sports Extra: Wildcats Dim Golden Flashes

Anthony Cantele made a career-high 3 field goals on Saturday, including a career-long 49-yarder.

Sept. 18, 2011

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By Mark Janssen

Kansas State’s defense triggered its offense Saturday night in a 37-0 blanking of Kent State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

It was K-State’s first shutout of an opponent in 61 games dating back to a 45-0 win over Florida Atlantic in 2006, which left the Wildcat defenders all in smiles.

“That was great. We haven’t had one for a long time,” said linebacker Tre Walker. “I thought we played great, but we always have work to do.”

The first of many plays of the game came from defensive back David Garrett, who intercepted a pass and returned it 45 yards down the sidelines for the first score of the game just 2:19 into the contest.

“I thought it was great,” said head coach Bill Snyder. “It had an impact on the outcome of the ballgame. It truly did.”

Of the pick-for-score, Garrett said of his first TD return, “I don’t know what happened. It happened so fast. I was just playing football.”

Garrett supplied the early-game high, while it was the team defense that starred late in the game.
Kent State threatened to score midway through the fourth quarter moving the ball to the K-State-1, but a variety of penalties ended the drive back at the 9-yard-line. Kent State had run 17 plays in a 70-yard drive, but didn’t score.

Walker called the stop, “Awesome.”

“That was a great feeling,” said Garrett. “I don’t care about what level you’re playing, it’s always hard to get a shutout.”

Snyder added, “I was pleased that after we put ourselves in a precarious position backed up against the goal line, and still came back and held them. I was proud of that because it was a mixture of ones, twos and threes.

“I told our defense that I was proud of them. It has been a number of years since we had one (shutout),” said Snyder, whose teams have posted 21 total shutouts. “They’re not as easy to come by today as it used to be.”

Though the first eight quarters of football have been against Eastern Kentucky and Kent State, the fact is K-State has basically played shutout football.

Basically? Well, last week the Wildcats did give up a score, but it came on a 1-yard drive after an fumble return to the K-State-1.

Saturday, Kent State tried to move the ball 11 times, but netted just 199 yards. Of those 11 possessions, only one totaled more than six plays, and only two netted more than 28 yards.

Overall, Snyder said, “I thought we played reasonably well defensively.” And he later added, “We gave up some extra yardage that we shouldn’t have, but I’m not complaining. They did a pretty good job.”

Linebacker Arthur Brown led K-State with 12 tackles, which included two for negative yardage, but Snyder said of his play “…not as well as he can.”

For the brief two-game season, K-State has given up 128 rushing yards for a 2.0 per carry average, and allowed passes to be completed at a 20-of-49 rate for a modest two-game total of 200 yards.

The seven total points allowed in the first two games are the fewest since 2002 when K-State opened the season with a 48-3 win over Western Kentucky and a 68-0 blistering of Louisiana-Monroe.

5-for-5: Kansas State rolled to 34 first-half points scoring on all five of its offensive possessions with three touchdowns, two field goals plus a defensive score.

Collin Klein accounted for 184 first-half yards – 114 rushing and 70 passing – accounting for two rushing scores and one through the air.

As a team, K-State netted 245 yards in the first half on 41 snaps of the ball, while the defense limited Kent State to 81 yards on 27 plays.

K-State scored on a six-play, 95-yard drive which was aided by 45 yards in Kent State penalties, and then moved the ball 98 yards on a 17-play drive highlighted by Klein’s 46 yard run from K-State’s own 2-yard line.

Also starring in the first half was Garrett on the 45-yard interception return for a score to open the scoring, and Anthony Cantele’s 49- and 23-yard field goals to close out the half with a 34-0 lead.

Asked if he was pleased with how the offense moved the ball, Snyder said, “In the first half, yes, in the second half, no.”

After racking up 34 points and 245 yards in the first half, K-State managed just three points on 90 yards in the second half.

Lack of Running Backs: K-State’s true running backs carried the ball just 19 times for 74 yards – John Hubert 9 for 29, Robert Rose 5 for 29 and Angelo Pease 4 for 16.

Snyder said it wasn’t by design: “So much of it depends on how it plays out in the ballgame. We don’t put a pencil to it that you’re going to carry it eight times, and you’re going to carry it eight times. It’s not feasible to do it that way.”

Bryce Brown did not play due to a minor injury, but Snyder said, “He could have played.”

Sammuel Lamur Sees Action: After K-State had opened a 28-0 early lead, QB Sammuel Lamur saw his first game action of the year leading the Wildcats to a pair of field goals in his two first-half possessions. Lamur was 3-of-5 passing for 31 yards.

Playing sparingly in the second half, Lamur ended up with two yards on three carries and 4-of-6 passing for 42 yards.

Stat of the Game – 11 for 136: Kent State set a Bill Snyder Family Stadium record with 136 yards with 11 penalties. Kent State was flagged seven times for 91 yards in penalties in the first half compared to just 81 yards of total offense. For the game, there were 20 flags for 206 yards in penalties.

Stat of the Game II – 17 for 98: K-State consumed 7:59 of clock time to drive the ball 98 yards on a whopping 17 plays. Key plays in the drive were runs of 11 and 12 yards by Klein.

Congrats to the Fans: Saturday’s crowd was 50,483. Coupled with last week’s fan-count of 50,292, Kansas State’s attendance for the first two games is 100,775. That’s the first time the crowd total has been over 100,000 for the first two games since the 1999 season.

Quote of the Game: On Arthur Brown’s 12-tackle game, Snyder said, “It’s not about his numbers. It’s about being where he’s supposed to be and probably playing more aggressively. It’s not that he played poorly, but it’s just you expect so much out of him.”

‘SE’ Game Balls

Offense: Collin Klein accounted for 213 yards of total offense with 139 rushing and 74 throwing.

Defense: David Garrett score on a 45-yard pass interception; Tysyn Hartman hauled in an interception that led to a Wildcat score; Arthur Brown led the Wildcats in tackles with 12; Entire defense for posting the first shutout since the 2006 season.

Special Teams: Anthony Cantele toed a career long 49-yard field goal, and later added 22- and 30-yard three-pointers; Tramaine Thompson had punt returns of 24 and 18 yards.

Game Notes:
• Seeing considerable action in rush situations at defensive tackle was K-State redshirt-freshman Ryan Mueller, a 6-1, 227-pounder from Kansas City’s St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
• Getting his first start in his freshman season was Tyler Lockett as a wide receiver.
• The count is now at 179 for the number of consecutive games that K-State has scored in. It’s the 10th longest streak in college football.
• K-State is now 12-5 in games following a bye week.
• The 98-yard TD drive was K-State’s longest since going 98 yards against Texas A&M in 2008.

Next Week: Kansas State hits the road for the first time this season by going to Miami, Fla., to play the Hurricanes. The game will be played at 2:30 p.m. (CT), on ESPNU.
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