Grading the Cats

The Cats barely make grade after a rather sluggish 38-10 effort against the Baylor Bear.

Quarterback: A-
Ell Roberson did throw for 242 yards and did toss three touchdowns -- and he did rush for another 79 yards and a score, giving him 12 touchdowns and no interceptions during the Wildcats' three-game win streak. However, a fumble nearly proved costly and Roberson still didn't look like his 2002 form in leading an offense that was inept for most of the first half.

Running backs: B+
It's hard to fault Darren Sproles when Baylor was continually packing eight guys in the box, and considering the junior running back gained more than 150 yards. However, he did only have 30 yards until his last couple of carries late in the game -- a 53-yarder and a 72-yarder.

Offensive line: B+
The offensive line gave Roberson plenty of time to throw, giving up just three sacks. Baylor linebacker Justin Crooks, however, had five tackles for loss and a fumble forced and recovered all by himself, and the ground game up until the fourth quarter was downright anemic.

Wide receivers: B+
James Terry caught one pass for five yards last week while the rest of the corps flourished. This week, Terry caught eight passes for a career-high 138 yards while the rest of the unit mysteriously disappeared.

Thirty-eight points isn't bad, but when you're playing Baylor, the defense pitching a shutout still wouldn't have scored enough to beat the 40-point spread. A more coordinated, explosive offense will be needed against the Huskers in Lincoln.

Defensive line: A
Baylor's ground game amassed just 129 yards and quarterback Aaron Karas was under pressure all day long. Seven sacks -- two by defensive end Andrew Shull -- highlighted a solid effort.

Linebackers: B+
Josh Buhl got his regular 12 tackles but the rest of the linebackers disappeared. Ted Sims played marginal and Sean Lowe, replacing Bryan Hickman, had just three tackles but did amass a sack. Snyder said Hickman will be available for the Cats' game against Iowa State this Saturday.

Secondary: A-
James McGill picked off a pass despite sharing time at safety with Jesse Tetuan, and the secondary held Karas to 9-of-21 passing for 131 yards.

They held Baylor to just 10 points, but against the Bears, that's what they should be doing.

Joe Rheem missed a 41-yard field goal before hitting a 44-yarder, and the kick coverage team was enough to turn Snyder green after the game. Jerad Brite only average 36.2 yards per punt. However, leave it to Sproles to break two long kick returns and save the special teams from a failing grade.

Statistically, K-State did what they should have done: hold Baylor to just 228 yards of offense and gaine nearly 500 themselves. Still, a 38-10 win over a team Texas A&M beat 73-10 has to leave Snyder and Co. scratching their heads.

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