The game was already in the victory column at 41-24 with 11-plus minutes to play Saturday at Bill Snyder family Stadium against Missouri State.
Against a collection of Wildcat starters and No. 2s, Missouri State methodically stuffed the ball down Kansas State's throat. The drive included 18 plays; the drive covered 99 yards; the drive ate 8:03 off the clock.
"It was fatigue," said KSU defensive tackle Prizell Brown, "but we still should have stopped them. We should have put our nose in the grass and stopped them."
Linebacker Alex Hrebec said of giving up447 yards and 24 points to a team like the Bears, "It's a win, but we definitely had a lot of mistakes, and I'm disappointed in that. We had some guys play well, but we had a lot of mistakes."
"We didn't play very well, and that's true on both sides of the ball. We're not a very consistent football team on either side."
In particular, Snyder was peeved at a 3-of-10 ratio on third-down plays offensively, and, he wasn't happy one bit about allowing Missouri State to convert 9-of-20 on third down snaps.
"Third down had a lot to do with how we played collectively as a team," said the KSU coach. "We weren't very good on third down offensively, and we weren't very good defensively on third down."
Those two figures allowed Missouri State to control the ball for 33:28 compared to KSU's 26:62, which also steamed Snyder. But, as he said, "We won."
If there was a single bright spot, it was the play of quarterback Carson Coffman, who had career numbers of 18-of-26 for 280 yards and three touchdowns.
While saying, "This game does lift some weight off my shoulders," Coffman later took on the same mood of his head coach. The Wildcat QB offered, "Not very (pleased). I think we pictured it going a little differently. We thought we were going to score every time we went out there, and that didn't happen, but we're 2-0 right now, and that's what really matters."
Snyder said of Coffman's game, "He completed some passes and had some yardage, so I wasn't unhappy with how he played, but there are some things he needs to be much better at, and he knows what they are. His numbers were good, but there's more to it that goes into playing well."
K-State's niftiest scoring drive was the final one of the first half when Coffman was perfect on all four of his passes – 8 yards to Travis Tannahhill, 6 yards to Quarles, 16 yards to Smith, and the explanation point being a 23-yard strike to Quarles. The drive covered 68 yards in four plays and took only 54 seconds.
If not that one, equally as impressive was the seven-play, 80-yard drive that took 2:36 off the clock midway through the third quarter. Coffman rushed for 11 yards himself, and then hit consecutive passes to Smith (10 yards), Smith (15), Quarles (16) and finally the seven-yard strike to Smith.
For the game, Kansas State had 16 plays of at least 10 yards – 5 rushes and 11 passes—with eight of those covering at least 20 yards.
"We had some good drives, but it's just consistency," said Coffman on where he needs to improve. "We did have some great drives, but also some pretty poor ones." ZIMMERMAN STARTS: Freshman Ty Zimmerman got the start over Emmanuel Lamur at safety due to an injury. Lamur did play in the second half. THOMAS TO NO. 10: Daniel Thomas started the night No. 13 on the all-time KSU rushing charts with a 13-game total of 1,499 yards. With his 137 yards running his career total to 1,636, he climbed past No. 12 James Johnson (1,509), No. 11 L.J. Brown (1,580) and No. 10 Tony Jordan (1,593). Next on the list is Cornelius Davis, who rushed for 1,960 yards in a three-year career from 1966-68. UP NEXT: Kansas State next opens Big 12 play against Iowa State in an 11 a.m. start Saturday at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium.