Happy New Year! We have a great year ahead of us! Enjoy today with your family if possible. Attack every day like it’s one of your last and have fun this year. I’m planning on losing weight like so many are today. However, I am motivated to continue having success with this all year long. I hope you make 2020 the best it can be for you!
On Tuesday we got to see the final game of the season for Kansas State football. They put up a fight but Navy was just too much for the Wildcats. Regardless, Kansas State football was really good in the first season under new coach Chris Klieman.
Here is your daily Dr. Feelgood…
KANSAS STATE LOSES LIBERTY BOWL 20-17:
The score was close but the statistics were completely in favor of Navy as Kansas State lost Chris Klieman’s bowl debut 20-17. If it had not been for a special teams touchdown, the score would more reflect what the statistics tell us the game was like.
Navy’s offense was close to matching its average in both passing and rushing. Navy rushed for 323 yards. Yes, that’s a lot but it’s 40 yards below their average. Rushing the ball is what they do.
Navy threw the ball just nine times and completed six of those pass attempts. QB Malcolm Perry threw just seven times for 57 yards and a touchdown. The other 41 yards came on a pass by junior wide receiver CJ Williams. That completion set up the game-winning touchdown.
Navy faced a 4th and 3 at the Kansas State 46 with under a minute remaining. Kansas State was understandably focusing on a Navy running play to get the first down. But Navy changed things up and handed the ball off to wide receiver CJ Williams who then threw it to Chance Warren for a 41-yard completion down to the five-yard line. Navy spiked the ball with six seconds left and eventually, after two Kansas State timeouts, kicked the game-winning field goal.
While Navy did what it normally does on offense, Kansas State wasn’t close to matching its usual output. The Navy defense caused problems for Kansas State’s offense. The Wildcats averaged 186 yards passing and 189 yards rushing on the season, but in this game, they only managed to get 124 yards passing and a mere 46 yards rushing.
Navy’s rushing game averaged 6 yards per rush on 54 attempts. Kansas State averaged 1.7 yards per rush on 27 attempts. Navy outgained Kansas State 421 to 170 yards overall.
Kansas State QB Skylar Thompson was fine in this game. He was 10-for-14 passing for 124 yards. On the Wildcats’ first possession they had a couple of opportunities to score but two passes from Thompson were dropped.
Kansas State only had four possessions in each half so there weren’t many opportunities to score. The Wildcats scored on three of the eight possessions. That’s not bad. Navy scored on four of its 8 possessions and dominated the time of possession 36:31 to 23:29.
Overall, it was a really good season for Kansas State. The Wildcats appear to have a bright future with Chris Klieman at the helm.
IN THE NEWS:
Jacksonville is retaining Doug Marrone as their head coach for 2020.
The Washington Redskins hired Ron Rivera to be their next head coach. He agreed to a five-year contract and is expected to be introduced on New Year’s Day.
The Miami Dolphins are hiring Chan Gailey out of retirement to be their offensive coordinator.
- The Minnesota Twins agreed with LHP Rich Hill on a one-year, $3 million contract. Hill can earn up to $9.5 million in incentives with just 15 starts or 75 innings pitched.
- The Minnesota Twins agreed with RHP Homer Bailey on a one-year, $7 million contract.
WHAT I’M WATCHING: New Year’s Day has always been full of parades and bowl games in our house. Today will be no different. It kind of stinks that there aren’t as many bowl games on this day anymore but we still have four games and they are all intriguing. I will watch the Rose Bowl parade with my daughter and then all four football games throughout the day.
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