Grading the Cats

Grading the Cats an easy chore this week.

What's not to say about the Wildcats' first win in Lincoln since 1968?

Three interceptions kept Ell Roberson from perfection, as the senior quarterback won in his last chance at Memorial Stadium. In an almost as He-Man-ly effort as last season against Nebraska, Roberson accounted for 403 total yards. He threw for 313 yards and hit on touchdown passes from 63 and 37 yards to reciever James Terry to blow open the second half. He also ran for 90 yards and the first touchdown of the second half, which began a 31-2 onslaught.

Darren Sproles ran for 140 yards and a touchdown, including a 41-yard scamper and a 22-yard touchdown to open the game's scoring, in which he dragged Husker T.J. Hollowell into the endzone from five yards out. But it wasn't just Sproles dominating. Travis Wilson carried twice for 14 yards, Ayo Saba carried twice for 10 yards and a touchdown, and Jermaine Moriera had a five-yard gain on his only attempt.

James Terry proved once again he is among the best in the Big 12, as he hauled in six passes for 175 yards and those two touchdowns — one a post pattern and the other a play-action go route — both of which he waltzed into the endzone. Antoine Polite also caught five passes for 54 yards, tight end Brian Casey hauled in two passes for 67 yards — both of them over 30 y ards. Davin Dennis also caught two passes.

The line allowed only two tackles-for-loss, and didn't allow a single sack in helping the Wildcats roll up 561 yards of offense, including 248 yards on the ground. There isn't much to say, because they were that close to perfect.

K-State outgained Nebraska by more than 250 yards, including a dominating aerial assault and a punishing ground game. The first half was good, but K-State managed just seven points. It was the second half, in which 31 points hit the scoreboard, that proved the mettle of this bunch of Cats.

Three quarterback sacks, four tackles-for-losses, two forced fumbles including the one that broke open the second half, the Wildcat defensive line dominated the line of scrimmage all day long. The vaunted Husker ground game was stymied, forcing Jammal Lord to the air for the most pass attempts in his career.

Bryan Hickman was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for his 10 tackle performance, which included a sack that caused a fumble recovered by Andrew Shull, which led to Roberson's second-half touchdown run. Josh Buhl again led the team in tackles, and Ted Sims and solidified the middle linebacker job.

True, Jammal Lord isn't a very effective throwing quarterback, but holding any quarterback to just 8-of-26 with two interceptions is effective. Lord threw for just 98 yards.

Nebraska managed less than 80 yards in the second half, and the Huskers could only manage an intentional safety in the way of points, as K-State dominated the Huskers in the second half.

Joe Rheem missed a field goal early, but hit from nearly an identical spot in the second half. Jared Brite averaged 49 yards on three punts, and the kick coverage was vastly improved.

All that's left is seeing if they can repeat the performance against Missouri.

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