This was the first game for Kansas State under new head coach a Chris Klieman. This was a game for the Wildcats to see where they are at as a team and to build confidence. They did that in dominating fashion. This has to give the players all kinds of confidence in their new coaching staff.
Player of the Week:
QB Skylar Thompson was 16-for-22 passing for 212 yards and a touchdown. He rushed three times for 30 yards. Better than those stats was how Thompson handled the offense. Thompson clearly has more confidence this season likely because Alex Delton is gone and the confidence Chris Klieman has expressed in him.
After leading 28-0 at halftime, Kansas State’s offense became more conservative and predictable. Nicholls began shutting down the Wildcat running game and then put up their own touchdown to cut the lead to 28-7. Kansas State eventually went back to opening up the offense and added another touchdown eight seconds into the fourth quarter on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Skylar Thompson to Dalton Schoen to effectively end the game.
The offensive line was terrific for the Wildcats. They opened up holes for the Kansas State rushing game and game Skylar Thompson time to throw.
RB James Gilbert rushed 18 times for 115 yards and a touchdown. Gilbert’s longest run was 24 yards.
RB Tyler Burns rushed ten times for 64 yards and a touchdown.
Room for Improvement:
K Blake Lynch missed a 37-yard field goal attempt. It’s a small sample size as he only had one field goal attempt but this was one of the few things that did not work for Kansas State. In his defense, Lynch was 7-for-7 in extra points.
The Kansas State offense got conservative in the third quarter with a 28-0 lead. The offense became predictable and Nicholls was starting to turn the momentum. Nicholls cut the lead to 28-7 and stopped Kansas State ‘s rushing attack up the middle.
Nicholls started the second half strong with a touchdown and was stuffing the Kansas State running game. The Wildcats defense had become too predictable. The Kansas State offense started to open up the offense back to what they were doing in the first half and that helped them once again find success moving the ball. Kansas State would go on to blow out Nicholls.
Kansas State plays next Saturday, September 7, at home against Bowling Green at 11:00am. The Wildcats will look to improve to 2-0 before they head on the road to play Mississippi State the following weekend.