Wildcats stunned by Baylor
The final score of the Kansas State/Baylor football game was 52-24. Not so surprising, most picked this to be a lopsided game. But with Baylor winning? Not so much. Baylor came out early and slapped Kansas State around. Baylor LB Rodney Chadwick took time to rub every defensive stop in the face of Chris Harper by doing his celebration over every tackle. Baylor came out more physical, talked more trash, and backed it up.
The game was not sealed early, and Kansas State did show more fight than the 52-24 score shows. But failed offensive opportunities allowed Baylor to crush the Wildcats in the end. Baylor started the game off by scoring in the first two minutes of the game. Kansas State was able to answer after a failed onside kick making the score 7-7. Baylor then was able to push the lead to 28-7, and K-State seemed to take back momentum by cutting the lead to 28-17 at the half.
K-State received the ball to start the second half and had a strong chance of cutting the lead to a one-possession game. After a strong run by Collin Klein, K-State failed to connect on three consecutive passes forcing K-State to punt. Baylor was able to score almost immediately. They drove right down the field and capped it off with a 4 yard Glasco Martin TD run.
Tramaine Thompson gave the cats great field position on a 50 yard kick return. But once again the offense fizzled and K-State was forced to punt. The punt, however, was perfect and K-State pinned Baylor on their own half yard line. K-State was able to intercept a pass from Nick Florence and had the ball at the Baylor one yard line, where Klein ran in for a 1 yard touchdown cutting the lead to 35-24.
Baylor’s offense started strong but K-State was able to hold them to a 50 yard field goal. Baylor only had a 2 score lead, and K-State had an opportunity to cut the lead to a one possession game. However once again the Baylor defense had K-State’s number and forced K-State to go 3 and out. Baylor then scored another touchdown by Martin and that was all she wrote.
Baylor was in complete control after that and K-State was turned into a one-dimensional team, allowing Baylor to cruise to victory. K-State was held scoreless in two trips into the redzone, including stopping K-State on 3 plays from the 1 yard line. K-State did a decent job containing Florence, but was eaten alive by HB’s Lache Seastrunk (19 carries 185 yards 1 TD), and Martin (19 carries 113 yards, 3 touchdowns).
The injury bug hit Kansas State hard over the past two weeks, which surely didn’t help their cause. Ty Zimmerman (All-Big 12 safety) missed the game due to a presumed broken fibula. His replacement allowed two big touchdown catches – one to Terrence Williams, and the other to Tavin Reese. The K-State special teams looked out of wack without Tyler Lockett, who did play in the game, but was held out of special teams duties. Jerell Childs, Adam Davis, and Meshak Williams all had minor injuries in this game as well (but all returned shortly after being injured).
All credit has to go to Baylor though, and injuries are not an excuse. All great teams have injuries, and all great teams overcome those injuries. Kansas State did not. Baylor came in and was more aggressive from the start. They out-played, and out-coached Kansas State in every aspect of the game. If there was an award for national coach of the week, Baylor DC Phil Bennett would surely earn it. They kept Klein uncomfortable passing, stuffed the run, holding K-State to an average of 2.5 yards per carry, and just absolutely crushed Kansas State.
That is not to say that Kansas State is not a great team. Great teams also face adversity. For the first time Kansas State will face that this season. How do you respond to a loss of this magnitude? In 1998 Kansas State lost to Texas A&M in the Big 12 Championship, costing them a BCS national championship birth. K-State played Purdue in the Alamo Bowl (a major letdown) and then to make it worse, lost. K-State still has a beautiful opportunity.
A win against Texas will earn K-State a Big 12 championship and a BCS bowl bid. So how will this K-State team rebound? Will they hang their heads and fold? Or will they fight until the very end and finish the season strong as a great team would? It’s all on their shoulders and they have two weeks to prepare for Texas. Finish strong!