“There was a ton of mistakes that we made that impacted the outcome of the game,” said the coach, whose team lost one fumble and gave up two interceptions to the Tigers. “Auburn is a tremendous football team. We just made too many mistakes.”
The coach did like his team’s defensive effort that limited the visitors, who were averaging 52 points per game, to 20 points in a six-point loss to the Tigers.
“I think we played hard,” Snyder said. “We were responsible with that kind of offense where you need some discipline to execute your responsibilities well. I?thought our young guys did that for the most part.”
K-State quarterback Jake Waters was very disappointed with the loss on a night when the Wildcats missed three field goals. “We beat ourselves, that is for sure,” he said. “They will probably say they did not play their best game, but that is just credit to the way we played defensively.
“Offensively, we just could not finish in the red zone and that is usually what we are best at. To leave that many points on the field is just frustrating.”
In other news and notes:
*Duke Williams’ nine-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter from Nick Marshall was his second of the season. He also scored on a TD reception vs. Arkansas. This was Williams’ second 100-yard receiving game of the season.
*Josh Holsey, who played safety in place of suspended Jermaine Whitehead who didn’t make the trip to Kansas State, led Auburn with 10 solo stops and one assist for 11 total tackles. Holsey had been playing cornerback, but practiced at safety for two days after Whitehead’s situation developed. Fellow safety Johnathan Ford added eight tackles on seven solos and one assist. He also defended a pass and registered a tackle for a 4-yard loss.
*Auburn has not allowed a touchdown in the third quarter this season.
*Kansas State’s fourth-quarter rushing touchdown was the first TD allowed by Auburn in the second half this season
*Ricardo Louis’ second-quarter 40-yard touchdown catch was his second of the season and the fourth touchdown reception of his career. He has scored touchdowns in back-to-back games; he had a 4-yard TD catch vs. San Jose State.
*Jonathan Jones’ first-quarter interception was the first interception of his career. He is the fourth Auburn player to record an interception this season. Trovon Reed had his second interception of the season after making the move from wide receiver to defensive back for his senior year.
*Auburn had scored an offensive touchdown in every quarter this season until the first quarter at Kansas State, and in 31 of 32 previous quarters back through last year’s game at Arkansas. Auburn’s last touchdown-less first quarter was last season at LSU.
*Auburn’s 13-game streak of scoring at least one rushing touchdown ended against Kansas State when Auburn’s scoring came on a pair of passing touchdowns and two field goals by freshman Daniel Carlson, whose points proved to be the difference in the game with the Wildcats failing to convert on all three of their field goal attempts. Auburn’s last game without scoring a rushing touchdown was last season against Mississippi State.
*The Tigers had not allowed a second-half touchdown this season until Kansas State scored in the fourth quarter Thursday.
*Davonte Lambert, who made first career start at defensive end, recorded a sack in his second straight game.
*Auburn is now 79-37-6 all-time in road home openers. The Tigers are 364-335-39 all-time in games played away from Auburn.
*As a ranked team, Auburn is 294-98-6. Ranked Auburn teams are 162-28-2 at home and 132-70-4 in road games.
*Auburn had scored 30 or more points in 12 straight games, a school record, before scoring 20 against Kansas State. The Tigers scored 30 points in 10 consecutive games to end the 2013 season and the first two games this year. The previous best streak of 30 or more points in a game was in 1994 when the Tigers did it eight times.
*A group of 24 scouts from 17 NFL teams were at the AU-Kansas State game.
*Bowl scouts attending were from the Sugar, Florida Citrus and Advocare V100 Texas Bowl.
*K-State's annual Harley Davidson ride Thursday featured 110 riders on their motorcycles circling the stadium 10 minutes before kickoff.