K-State hopes to keep up passing game against KU

After running through, over, and past opponents in the first three weeks of the season, K-State showed against Texas A&M last week that it can pass the ball too. It's a trend that the Wildcats hope continues against Kansas Saturday.

If there is one good thing that came out of the loss at Texas A&M, it was that Kansas State found its passing game for the first time this season.

Dylan Meier, who entered the game with a 60 percent completion percentage, hadn't yet been tested by throwing the ball more than 18 times in the first three games.

But against the Aggies, Meier was called on late in the contest and at one point completed nine straight. For the game, Meier had career highs in attempts, completions, and yards, completing 29-of-45 passes for 246 yards and actually raised his season completion percentage to 63 percent.

"I think Dylan matured a great deal and made some positive choices and decisions during that particular point in time," K-State head coach Bill Snyder. "Up front, when we were in a position to run the ball, I think we ran the ball relatively effectively. Our receivers made a couple of plays that escaped some tackles and were able to get the ball into the endzone."

Prior to last week's game, the Wildcats had relied on its running game, notably the 221 and 292 yard rushing performances by Darren Sproles against Western Kentucky and Louisiana Lafayette.
"We definitely took a big step forward, especially in the passing game," senior center Mike Johnson said. "We've been using our running game a little more in the earlier games, so the passing really came through last week."

But while Meier excelled in passing the ball, his receivers enjoyed a great day of their own too. Jermaine Moreira and Yamon Figurs each shined, pulling in five receptions each. Tony Madison had three catches, including a long over-the-shoulder grab down the sideline that wasn't counted.

"I just try to get the ball to whoever is open and let them make plays," Meier said. "If I get the ball to only one receiver and we win, I'm happy. Distributing the ball around is nice, but getting the win is most important and we didn't accomplish that."

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