Well, there's enough blame to go around. When a team loses by 48 points and is down 38-0 at halftime, it's safe to say that not much went right. In looking at the statistics and the drive charts, it is clear though that the magnitude of this disaster can be pinpointed with Kansas State's offense given very favorable field position. In fact, of the eight touchdowns scored by the Wildcats, one was scored on special teams and the others were all under 43 yards. Think about that – Kansas State had touchdown drives of 29, 16, 11, and nine yards. That points to the offense. So how bad was it?
The rushing game netted 27 yards (if you subtract the sack yardage), and 15 came on one run by Christine Michael. That leaves a whopping 12 yards on the remaining 13 carries. That's domination. Even with the struggles at both tackle spots, the line could still clear the way for a solid (if not spectacular) running game.
Then you have the turnovers. The Aggies had six in all, and four of those led directly to 28 points. Ironically, Jerrod Johnson set the conference record for consecutive passes without an interception in the first quarter, but promptly threw three interceptions the rest of the way.
If there was ONE bright spot for the offense, it was Uzoma Nwachukwu who continues to show that he'll be a special receiver at Texas A&M for years to come. Granted, the shine of these numbers are tainted given that it happened when the game was well in-hand for the Wildcats, but the Allen High School product continues to throw up impressive numbers every week (6-136 yards, 2 TD's) and barring injury he seems destined for the Big 12 all-freshman team.
But that's about all you can say about this one. The offense stumbled with mistakes and was completely manhandled by the KSU defense. There's no way to spin it any differently.
Jerrod Johnson finished the game with over 300 yards passing and two touchdowns, but that mostly in the second half in trash time. Anytime an offense turns the ball over four times and punts four times in the first half, that's a complete breakdown and failure. As such, the leader of the failed unit also deserves the same grade.
Running Back F
Overall, this has been the most disappointing unit this season. Sure the offensive line is bad and every back needs some holes. However, a great running back can also occasionally make things happen on his own and the A&M backfield just hasn't made big plays this year. On Saturday, the longest run from scrimmage was 15 yards and the backs managed a whopping 25 yards total.
Wide Receiver D
Howard Morrow and Uzoma Nwachukwu combined for 11 catches for 211 yards. I know most of that came in the second half, but still they did make plays. In the case of Nwachukwu, he had a big touchdown catch of 66 yards and he seems destined to be a big time playmaker in the future. For that, the receivers avoid the fate of every other position I this grade analysis.
Tight End F
Jamie McCoy is one of the few experienced seniors on this team, and for him to fumble the ball on the second play of the game was a back breaker and something that just shouldn't happen to a senior. You expect freshmen to make mistakes. You expect seniors to make plays. When they don't, then they should be scrutinized accordingly.
Offensive Line F
Do I really need to explain my grade here. This unit has had problems all year and Saturday was no different. The line generated all of 27 yards rushing, and when you add in the negative yardage of the six sacks, the official rushing total was -23 yards. That's all you need to justify this grade.
OVERALL OFFENSIVE GRADE F
Hop's Offensive Grades – Kansas State
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