For the second consecutive week I have to say something that I did not expect to say at all this season; the Kansas State defense stepped up to win the game! Robert Griffin III passed over, around, and ran through K-State’s defense the entire game, except when they needed to most. Kansas State, thanks to inspired fourth quarter play by junior Arthur Brown, came back after trailing by 9 with less than 6 minutes in the game to beat the Baylor Bears.
Baylor seemed to have all the momentum going into the fourth quarter. They were up two scores, with the ball, and draining clock. They converted two key fourth down conversions, but then were shut down and forced to kick a field goal. After Baylor kicker Aaron Jones missed the field goal, K-State was left was some momentum. A 13-play 5 minute, 22 second drive was capped off by a Collin Klein touchdown run.
Arthur Brown had the game changing moment in the fourth quarter, intercepting Griffin’s a pass. After converting on a field goal to give K-State the go-ahead lead the defense was asked to once again stop the high powered Bears offense. Sure enough, Brown stepped up again on the first play sacking the Heisman hopeful quarterback. Griffin then completed a pass, over the middle on second down. On third and five the Bears tried running it, but sure enough making another huge play was Brown giving the bears a fourth down and two. Jordan Voelker then swatted a pass down and the victory belonged to Kansas State.
Bill Snyder Family Stadium boomed with chants of “K-S-U.” For the second consecutive season Kansas State will start the year off 4-0. This is the first time since 2002/03 that K-State has accomplished this feat. The Wildcats will look to continue their momentum next week as they will face a tough Missouri Tigers team at 2:30 Central time on ABC.
Grading the Keys
1. Confuse Griffin – B-
I definitely wouldn’t say K-State “confused” Griffin in the first three quarters, as he absolutely destroyed the Wildcat secondary. But in the fourth quarter K-State’s defense made key stops, and put him on his back a couple of times. Coming into this game Griffin had been sacked twice. After today he has been sacked 7 times. Defense gave an A+ effort against the most explosive player in college football.
2. Answer fire with Fire – B+
K-States offense struggled at times, but almost every time Baylor did something great, the Wildcats would seem to answer. Klein had another 100 yard rushing game, and I was most impressed with back-up running back Angeleo Pease.
3. It all lies with Hartman/Zimmerman – D-
I would rate this an F, but Hartman did make some key big hits. Both played relatively well on short passes. But both were shady on deep passes. Zimmerman missed an easy tackle on Wright that went from what should have been a 13-15 yard gain, and allowed it to be a 43 yard touchdown reception. Hartman was also beat twice on two deep touchdown passes.
Overall Grade A-
The Wildcats didn’t do well necessarily on my keys to the game, but overall showed tremendous tenacity and grit. For the third time this season Collin Klein has led Kansas State back from a fourth quarter deficit. This team clearly has a “never-say-die” attitude which can go a long way with a Bill Snyder coached football team.