Purple Mauls White 45-0

While inconsistency prevailed, the Purples skunked the Whites 45-0 in Saturday's Purple-White game staged at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Carson Coffman was the story of the day passing for 334 yards on 25-of-36 accuracy.

The scoreboard advertised a 28-17 final score, but in reality it was a 45-zip blistering for the first-team Purples against the White clad rest of the squad.

"There were some things that I have an appreciation for, but an awful lot that I didn't," said coach Bill Snyder.

"Inconsistency is one. We started off and played some error-free football, but we lost the handle on that."

In particular, Snyder would mention a pair of interceptions, three lost fumbles, and a total of eight penalties for 69 yards.

"Good football teams can not make those kinds of mistakes," Snyder said. "We made them. That says we're not a good football team."

As he said when coming here prior to the 1989 season, Snyder repeated Saturday, "We have to learn how to stop losing. We have to learn how not to do the things that put you in a position where you're not going to win games."

Quarterback Carson Coffman put up some fancy numbers of 25-of-36 for 334 yards and three touchdowns, which included orchestrating three TD drives in the third stanza, and having a fourth nullified by a fumble into the end zone by Attrail Snipes.

Coffman called it an "OK" performance, but added, "There's plenty of room for improvement." He mentioned "reading coverages" as something close to the top of the list.

Snyder offered, "I thought he had a good third quarter, but that doesn't surprise me. And, it doesn't surprise me that one, two and four (quarters) weren't so hot. It's related to repetitions. He's got to be consistent for the offense to be consistent."

A 10-point scoring semi-flurry late in the first half provided a 17-0 margin for the first-team Purple unit as Josh Cherry toed a 20-yard field goal with 49 seconds left, which was followed by a Courtney Herndon pass interception of Trey Scott.

From the 12-yard-line, Valentine cleated for eight yards, prior to a 4-yard pass from Coffman to Jeron Mastrud to pad the lead to 17-0.

The first score of the game came on the initial series when Coffman directed a seven-play, 63-yard drive capped by Valentine's five-yard run. Valentine had four carries for 25 yards, while Coffman hit on passes of six and five yards to Mastrud and Snipes.

With the score reversed at the half to put the White's on top 17-0, it was a score-athon for the Purples in the second half

* The Purple defense dominated early in the second half as Brandon Harold forced a fumble that was recovered by Eric Childs at the White's 24. Two plays later, Snipes caught a six-yard pass from Coffman for the score.

* On the next series, Joseph Kassanavoid was intercepted by Jeffrey Fitzgerald after a tip by Harold. Two plays later, Snipes again made the catch, but fumbled at the one as Riley County High School's Jase Hartenbower made the strip and Kevin Rohleder the fumble recovery in the end zone leaving the count at 17-7.

* Brandon Banks worked his magic on the Purple's third series catching a pass from Coffman that went for 64 yards.

* A 37-yard pass-and-catch from Coffman to Lamark Brown highlighted the next series with the six-play, 63-yard drive capped by a one-yard step-in by Jarell Childs to put the Purples up 38-0, or, 21-17 counting the score-flip in the second half.

* K-State goes 73 yards on nine plays with Valentine flip-flopping into the end zone on a five-yard run to cap the drive that was highlighted by a pair of Banks' receptions. It was KSU's only score in the fourth quarter.

"We did a fine job in the third quarter, but that came to a close in the fourth," Snyder said. "If you're good in the third, why not in the fourth, first and second (quarters)? They're going to make you play 60 minutes, and we didn't do that."

Valentine led all rushers with 92 yards on 20 carries, while Childs added 44 yards on 12 totes.

"Jarell's making some headway," Snyder said. "He's closed the gap, but we want to make all the positions competitive, if we can make them competitive."

Snipes led with eight catches for 76 yards, while Banks netted 141 yards on his six nabs. K-State will next play on Sept. 5 when it hosts Massachusetts at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in the 2009 opener.


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