Kansas State v Marshall Report Card

K-State defeated Marshall 23-7 Saturday, and the Wildcats can thank their defense for the victory. The offense had numerous penalties and took awhile to get on track, but still managed 355 total yards at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Player of the game – The K-State defense

It's hard to pick just one player on this side of the ball because they have all been outstanding the past two games. Marshall had only 142 total yards of offense, and running back Ahmad Bradshaw only recorded 55 yards rushing. Quarterback Bernard Morris was held to –8 yards rushing and he went 16-for-28 with only 92 yards passing, two interceptions thrown and he was sacked three times.

You can't say enough about this defense. With the way things are looking so far, the defense and special teams are going to have to carry this team for the whole year. Marshall scored a touchdown, but it wasn't against the defense. This is the second straight week the defense has posted a shutout against an opponent. Cornerback Byron Garvin and safety Marcus Watts had the two interceptions, and both of these guys are not starters. That just goes to show the kind of depth the Wildcats have in the secondary. Garvin and safety Kyle Williams led the team in tackles with seven, and defensive lineman Ian Campbell, linebacker Zach Diles and Watts each recorded a sack.

Surprise Contributor – Linebacker Antwon Moore

Moore made a huge contribution on special teams. Marshall set up to punt on its opening drive, and Moore blocked the punt to set up the Wildcats in good field position. K-State used the short field and scored two plays later. Moore also had a punt return for 12 yards.

Offensive Grade – C

The offense looked O.K., but made plenty of mental errors in the win. The Wildcats had 355 yards of total offense, but the line committed five false start penalties. Running back Thomas Clayton rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Dylan Meier was 19-of-35 for 256 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Seven different Wildcats caught a pass, including Jermaine Moreira who caught a 44-yard touchdown pass with only four minutes to play in the game. He dove into the endzone and was called for an excessive celebration penalty, which is just another example of the mental errors that must be corrected before conference play.

Defensive Grade – A

See the explanation of the player of the game.

Special Teams Grade – A-

The special teams just keep making big plays. Moore's punt block setup the opening score for the Wildcats, which put the early momentum in K-State's favor. Kicker Jeff Snodgrass went 3-for-3 on his field goal attempts, including a 48-yarder late in the third quarter. Kickoff specialist Jared Parker had seven kickoffs on the day, with five of them going for touchbacks. The only hiccup was the Tim Reyer punt that was blocked and returned for a Marshall touchdown.

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