The win keeps Kansas State in the race for an appearance in the Big 12 championship game. That’s an unlikely goal but it does keep the team fighting for something. The win also reminds everyone that Kansas State is the top program in the state. If anyone had any ideas that the recent offensive success of Kansas brought it up to the Wildcats’ level they now know how foolish that thinking was. Any recruits wavering between the two programs saw that the Wildcats are clearly the better program right now.
Kansas State has plenty more to play for this season. A bowl game is now a lock. A Big 12 championship game appearance is still a possibility. A finish in the top half of the Big 12 is very possible. Yes, there is a lot more to play for this season, but on Saturday the Kansas State Wildcats proved that they are the best team in the state of Kansas.
Player of the Game
QB Skylar Thompson made smart decisions in the option game keeping the Kansas defense guessing who was getting the ball. He ran the ball really well. He gained 127 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries.
DT Trey Dishon beat the Kansas offensive line consistently. He had four tackles and two sacks in the game.
DB Walter Neil tied for the team high in tackles with four.
RB Harry Trotter was a wizard on the ground. The offensive line gave him big holes and he took advantage of them. Trotter finished with 92 yards and a touchdown on one touchdown.
The Kansas State offensive and defensive lines dominated this game. There is no other way to describe what happened on both sides of the ball. The Wildcat running game had huge holes to run through. QB Skylar Thompson had all day to throw. On defense the Jayhawks had nowhere to run most of the game and QB Carter Stanley had no time to throw. And when Stanley did throw there was often a Kansas State defender there to break up the play.
Room for Improvement
Penalties stopped Kansas State more than the Jayhawk defense. Penalties put the offense in third and long situations when Kansas could not and that helped stopped drives.
Kansas State had a few drives stop because they couldn’t help themselves and wanted to pass even though there was absolutely no reason to do so. Teams often feel like they need balance in their offense. But when you have one aspect of your game working so well that you can march down the field at will you should just continue that approach. Fortunately for the Wildcats they quickly returned to what was working: the running game.
Kansas State travels to Austin, Texas next weekend to take on the Texas Longhorns. This will be Chris Klieman’s first opportunity to continue the Bill Snyder tradition of beating Texas.