Grading the Wildcats: Game 5

9 Oct

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein (7) runs the ball against Missouri in the first quarter. (AP Photo/Jeff Tuttle)

Coaching: A

At 72 years plus one day of age, Bill Snyder proved that he still knows what he is doing. People can doubt Snyder or say that he’s out of touch with kids today or whatever else, but it’s hard to argue with a 5-0 record. The fact remains that while the Wildcats may not have 4- or 5-star recruits, they have a staff that knows how to prepare and motivate players and plan for opponents as well as any in the country. You had better believe that Snyder and his methods drive that.

Offense: A-

Missouri only allowed 87 rushing yards per game coming into the contest with Kansas State, but the Wildcats torched the Tigers for 174 yards and three touchdowns. They only amassed 112 passing, but that turned out to be enough. The offense did its part to back up the defense when it took advantage of the interception by scoring a touchdown. The defense set its tone with that pick; the offense set its tone by getting the ball into the end zone – not settling for less.

Numbers: 16 receptions between 6 receivers, 171 rushing yards between John Hubert and Collin Klein, 1 field goal by Anthony Cantele

Defense: B+

Obviously, the defense gave Kansas State an edge from the beginning of the game when strong safety Ty Zimmerman picked off Missouri quarterback James Franklin and set the Wildcats’ offense up on the Tigers’ 25-yard line to start the game. Because of that, Missouri had to fight against the momentum for the entirety of the game. Also, of course, the Wildcats didn’t allow Missouri to score a touchdown until halfway through the fourth quarter. It’s impossible to ignore, though, that the defense allowed two fourth-quarter touchdowns. It can be argued that those were aided by the four overturned calls in favor of the Tigers, but the fact remained that Kansas State allowed a significant comeback toward the end of the game.

Numbers: 6 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 5 pass breakups

Special Teams: B+

Kansas State did a pretty decent job covering punts and kicks on Saturday. On all occasions except for two, Missouri began its possessions with between 70 and 80 yards to go. The exceptions included an interception that allowed the Tigers to start on the Kansas State 46, and the other pinned Missouri all the way back on its own 1-yard line.

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