Post Spring Game Analysis

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Was it a 76-3 win, or a 41-38 loss? Kansas State showed that it has two productive quarterbacks Saturday as the Purple unit sored 76 points with Jake Waters and Daniel Sams playing starring roles.

The final score was 76-3, but since it is Bill Snyder's Wildcat football team, in a game played in Bill Snyder Family Stadium, played with Bill Snyder's footballs, the annual Purple-White game was played under … you guessed it … Bill Snyder's rules.

That meant flipping the score at the half, and in this case, having the game come down to the final snap of the afternoon before the Whites edged the Purples … under Snyder's rules … 41-38.

On the No. 1 unit not having enough to come back and win the game, Snyder said, "It's upsetting only if we don't play well, and today they made mistakes to prevent them from winning. We have to learn how to play ahead, and play behind. That's the nature of why we do that (flip score).

"What I will do is assess the entirety of the game," Snyder said. "That includes leadership, intensity with which we played, effort with which we played, and execution."

The Purples led the Whites 38-zip at the half, but came out of the locker room trailing by 38 points. Again, Snyder's rule.

Freshman Jack Cantele switched from his Purple jersey to a White shirt with 4:16 remaining to kick a 51-yard field goal to give the White's a 41-30 advantage.

Daniel Sams then threw a 3-yard TD pass to Torell Miller, and added a two-point conversion, to narrow the difference to 41-38.

Back with the ball in the closing seconds, Sams lofted the ball toward the end zone, but it was picked off by freshman Corey Jackson at the goal line and returned 55 yards to end the game.

The Purples posted huge numbers with 855 yards of total offense – 215 rushing and 640 passing – which included 141 ground yards by Robert Rose and passing numbers for Sams and Jake Waters of 391 and 247, respectively, with seven touchdowns.

"I showed I could sling it a little bit," said Sams. "I made some bad throws. I under threw some receivers and missed a couple touchdowns, but overall, I feel like as a team we all did well. So from here all we can do is grow."

"Being out there for the first time in front of the crowd, in a game type atmosphere, I thought it went pretty well," said Waters. "I had some mistakes, some calls that I would like to have back, but for the most part we came out and competed, and that's all we can ask for."

On working with new quarterbacks, receiver Tyler Lockett said, "It's a great experience. Collin (Klein) has really been able to teach Daniel Sams and Jake (Waters) throughout this whole entire spring, Every ball might not be perfect, like it wasn't perfect with Collin, but just like coach says we are going to have to go out there and make plays."

While those numbers caught Snyder's eye, so did the fact that the Purples had three costly penalties that prevented one touchdown in the first half, and allowed the Whites to kick a field goal in the fourth quarter.

Overall, Snyder said, "Through our practices a consistency factor is not there."

We're not sure if he was spoofing or not, but Snyder indicated that Iowa Western Community College transfer Jake Waters got the start at quarterback over sophomore-to-be Daniel Sams by "… flipping a coin."

Both were productive as Waters was 16-for-22 for 257 yards and three touchdowns, while Sams was 20-of-31 for 413 yards and four touchdowns, which includes their performances on both the Purple and White teams.

As one might guess, Snyder said of the play of the quarterbacks, "I saw some very positive things from both of them, and some issues that we were aware of during the course of the spring. They threw the ball with more consistency, but the defense was pretty basic."

Snyder did add that he was pleased that the quarterbacks called their own game and didn't have any clock miss-managements.


Blake Slaughter had 8.5 tackles for the Purples, while Alauna Finau and Dante Barnett each had 5.5 tackles.

For the Whites, Travis Green had six stops and Nate Jackson five.


Jack Cantele, the younger brother of last year's kicker Anthony Cantele, hit on all four of his point-after kicks, plus a 24-yard field goal for the Purples and a 51-yard field goal for the Whites, which turned into the game-deciding points.

"That's the best day that he's had during the course of the spring," said Snyder of his freshman kicker. "I liked the 51-yarder because there were a few people in the stands and he knew that if he hit it, the Whites would likely win, and if he missed it the Purples were going to win, so there was a little pressure.

"I told him he could keep his scholarship," quipped Snyder

Also successful on kicks were Matt McCraine (2) and Dillon Wilson (1).

A variety of nagging injuries kept a handful of front-liners from playing – running back John Hubert, linebacker Tre Walker, center B.J. Finney, receiver Curry Sexton and tight end Zach Trujillo. Of the minor injuries, Snyder said, "They will all be fine. Some had some issues and it was just a wise decision to keep them out."


Serving as captains for the 2013 season will be B.J. Finney, Tyler Lockett, Blake Slaughter, Tre Walker and Ty Zimmerman.


QB – Jake Waters, RB – Robert Rose, WR – Tyler Lockett, Tramine Thompson and Torell Miller, TE – Andre McDonald, OL – Cody Whitehair, Tavon Rooks, Boston Stiverson, Cornelius Lucas and Keenan Taylor.


DE – Alauna Finau and Ryan Mueller, DT – Travis Britz, Caquil Reed, LB – Mike Moore, Blake Slaughter, Jonathan Truman; CB – Dante Barnett, Kip Daily, S – Ty Zimmerman and and Randall Evans


Kansas State will open the 2013 season on Friday night, Aug. 30, against North Dakota State in a nationally televised game on FOX Sports.

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