Jones, Archer only bright spots for KSU Saturday

On a day that few positives can be found, newcomer defensive back Bret Jones and young linebacker Brandon Archer manage to shine in the loss to Fresno State Saturday. Jones had two interceptions and a touchdown, while Archer started for the first time and had 11 stops.

Meet Kansas State junior defensive back Bret Jones.

After registering only one tackle in the opening game against Western Kentucky, this junior college transfer from California is slowing moving up the depth chart with his two interceptions in Saturday's loss to Fresno State.

In fact, Jones' play, which was one of the only bright spots on K-State's defense Saturday, might actually earn Jones a starting spot soon, according to coach Bill Snyder.

"He's gotten better, week-in-and-week-out and he's getting more playing time because of it. And I think as we get into the season, he's probably going to challenge to be a full-time player."

Jones' first interception led to K-State's first score of the game, on the sixth play of the game when Fresno State quarterback Paul Pinegar threw what seemed to be an out-pattern pass to the right sideline and Jones read it and ran it back 42 yards to score.

"I just read the quarterback's eyes and was able to see where he was going with it before he threw it," Jones said.

The second of his picks happened, somewhat by fluke when the ball dropped to him when he was lying on the 1-yard line. The ball bounced off the Fresno State receiver and Jones tipped it back up to himself before finally rescuing the ball on his back.

Snyder said, "I'll take all that we can get right now," and though Jones had the passes practically thrown right to him, its credit to Jones that was at least in the right spot at the right time to have that happen, Snyder said.

"Everybody's not doing that," Snyder said.

 

Game #2 (Fresno State) news and notes

  • Jones' interception return was the first touchdown of his career and it was the first time K-State had returned an interception for a score since it did it against Oklahoma last season in the Big 12 Championship game.
  • Senior running back Darren Sproles had a career-high 79 yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter to set up K-State's third and final touchdown of the game. It surpassed his previous high of 58 yards against Baylor No. 1, 2003. For the game, Sproles had 126 yards on three kickoff returns, which also ties his career-high for both total kickoff yards and returns set also against Baylor last season.
  • Senior receiver Tony Madison scored his first collegiate touchdown on a fumble recovery in the endzone. This marked the first K-State offensive fumble recovery for a touchdown since playing USC on Sept. 8, 2001.
  • Sophomore quarterback Allen Webb made his first career start against Fresno State. He had a career-high 13 attempts, career-high four completions and one interception in his outing. Webb also carried the ball 16 times for 15 yards.
  • Fresno State's 31 first half points were the most scored on K-State in one half since Oklahoma scored 31 on the Wildcats Oct. 14, 2000. It was also the last time K-State trailed an opponent at the half by 17 points.
  • Junior defensive back Jesse Tetuan had a career-high 11 tackles against Fresno State. Eight of his 11 tackles were solo stops, also marking a career-high.
  • Sophomore linebacker Brandon Archer made his first career start and also had a career-high in tackles with 11.
  • Sproles had 14 yards rushing in the first half, his lowest production in a first half ever as a starter. He had 23 yards rushing in the second half for a combined 37 yards in the game, his lowest rushing total in the last two years.

Notes courtesy of Kansas State Sports Information Department


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