would be hit with a personal foul penalty later in the
drive, meaning the Wildcats accounted for 30 of the
Jayhawks 56 total yards on the opening drive.
Luckily for K-State, the defense seems to have
reacquired a big-play mentality. The Jayhawks found
themselves in Wildcat territory eight times in the
ballgame, but walked away with just three points.
Time after time to force turnovers on down, fumbles,
punts, and even a blocked field goal. Defensive
players said defensive coordinator Bob Elliott deemed
the team fit for the "Lynch Mob" nickname once again,
after the game.
"You've seen it before," Maurice Mack said. "We're
all about making big plays on defense and playing
On the other side, the Wildcats offense struggled the
entire day, gaining just 182 total yards.
Coach Bill Snyder was succinct in describing the problem areas,
saying you can't point at just one. Along with
runningback and offensive line, Snyder said, "We made
mistakes at the quarterback position. We made
mistakes at the wide receiver position. We made
mistakes at the tight end position. Is there anything
I haven't covered?"
Allan Evridge saw the first extensive playing time of
his career, and had both highs and lows. Evridge's
brightest moment came in a 10-play, 75 yard scoring
drive, ending with an eight-yard touchdown pass to
Jordy Nelson on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Evridge was perfect on all five of his passes in the
drive, advancing the Wildcats 50 yards; he also gained
13 yards off two carries.
Evridge's passing looked crisp and accurate, when he
had adequate time to throw the ball. The Kansas
defensive line greeted Evridge in the backfield on
numerous occasions, forcing the Wildcats to line up in
shotgun formations more often, and also leading to a
more run-oriented offense.
"You would like to open up the passing game,"
Evridge said. "But Kansas has a great defensive line,
so it's hard to step back and wait for the patterns to
develop against their front four."
That defensive line knocked Evridge around through
out the game, and led to a couple rookie mistakes by
the inexperienced quarterback.
On separate occasions,
Evridge attempted to evade opposing defenders in the
backfield by retreating farther back. Situations that
could have been resolved by throwing the ball away
instead resulted in significant yardage losses.
"I haven't been hit that hard and that much in a game
since I was in high school, so it's something that
I'll have to get more used to if I want to survive in
this conference," Evridge said. "I can tell you that
I'll be very sore tomorrow, but it's worth it as afar
as I'm concerned because we came away with the 'W.'"
The two-headed monster at the running back position
that was supposed to cause nightmares for opposing
defenses ended up with rushing totals that could make
K-State fans wake up in a cold sweat. Thomas Clayton
and Parrish Fisher combined for 19 rushing yards, as
neither was able to establish any sort of rhythm on
"Much credit to the KU defense," Thomas Clayton said.
"They played and awesome game. We came out
victorious and I'm really excited about that, but they
did a good job defensively."
Next up for the Wildcats is a trip to Lubbock, Texas,
to face the high-powered offense of the Texas Tech Red
Raiders. Even with the defense regaining a big play
mentality, the chances of holding the Red Raiders to
12 points or less are slim.
The Cats will need a
solid offensive day by all phases to leave Lubbock
with a victory. There are definite improvements to be
made, and it remains to be seen whether they will be
corrected. One thing is for sure, K-State will not be
able to afford shooting itself in the foot next
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