'Cats put total game together


Kansas State got back to playing, well, Kansas State football Saturday in its 49-20 thumping of the University of Colorado .

The offense scored touchdowns on seven of its 11 possessions; the defense held the Buffs to no more than four snaps on six of their 12 possessions; the defense helped the offense in setting up four scoring drives of 67 yards or less; and, the special teams scored eight points on a pair of blocked kicks.

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K-State was 8 of 12 in third-down conversions and 5 of 5 in Red Zone scoring. The Wildcats played turnover-free football and were flagged just six times.

Best put, as Colorado head coach Gary Barnett said, "They did a pretty good job and made some plays when they had to. Kansas State was very opportunistic. They are a good team."

Probably as good a team as they have shown this year in improving its record to 5-3.

Defensive end Andrew Shull said of the day, "It's a feeling not of relief, but just knowing that this is our football team, and we can do this."

After viewing tapes of the game, head coach Bill Snyder was specifically pleased with how Ell Roberson "...managed the ball in the passing game without interceptions."

Snyder added, "He kept it away from them and was on-target with it. I can't remember a game where he's been that accurate."

Snyder said it was vital for Roberson to have a productive passing day because that was what Colorado 's defense was allowing in its attempt to eliminate Darren Sproles from the Wildcats' offensive package.

"Darren is a tremendously talented running back, so you better do something to stop him," Snyder said. "But you can't defend against all of it. If you take Darren away you can be successful at it, but it's going to be costly some place else provided we can execute it."

Roberson, who has completed just 46 percent of his passes this year, has now been true on 30-of-41 passes (.731) for 400 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in his last five quarters dating back to the final period of the Oklahoma State game.

In those five quarters, James Terry has caught 10 passes for 115 yards and three touchdowns.

Snyder stopped short of calling Terry a go-to receiver, but simply said the offense had a "scratch where it itches" philosophy.

Terry now has 37 catches for 734 yards, or a 19.8 yard per catch average, and six touchdowns.

Last year in a 13-game season, Taco Wallace led the Wildcats in receiving with 39 catches for 704 yards and five scores.

In part, Snyder said Kansas State 's play was due to better Monday through Friday practices.

"I referred to that with the players," Snyder said. "We're not completely where we would like to be, but I understand that comes in increments. But we did practice better and there was more accountability. It was noticeable."

While the defense allowed 422 yards, Snyder pointed out that 76 of those came on the Buffs' first drive and 157 came in the fourth quarter after the game was decided.

Of the remaining eight possessions, the yardage gained on five of the opportunities was 6, -3, 0, 3 and 9.

Snyder said the yardage came from a bend, but don't break game plan, which he thought was successful.

Simmons: Linebacker Marvin Simmons played on the kickoff team to open the game for his first showing of his KSU career, but did not play again.

Snyder said that Simmons was "closer" to playing linebacker, but added, "He's not there yet."

Saturday: K-State will host Kansas on Saturday starting at 1:10 . The game will not be televised.

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