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The Postgame: Sams Shines In KSU’s 10-Point Loss To Baylor


THE VITALS

FINAL SCORE: KANSAS STATE WILDCATS 25, BAYLOR BEARS 35

IT WAS OVER WHEN: Daniel Sams threw an interception with just under 4 minutes to go, down by 3.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Despite the late turnover, Daniel Sams

FUN FACT: The high powered Baylor offense only out gained Kansas State by one yard.

THREE POSITIVES

  1. DEFENSE: The Wildcats “held” one of the most successful collegiate offenses to just 35 points and 446 yards. Baylor was averaging 70 points a game, and 782 yards a contest. In fact, the Bears have been averaging 49 points a game in just the first half in their first 4 ball games. Heisman candidate Lache Seastrunk had 589 yards rushing in four games (147.5 yards per game), and 8 touchdowns. Kansas State held him to 59 yards and no touchdowns.
  2. DANIEL SAMS: Sams rushed for 199 yards, ran for 3 touchdowns, and threw for 41 more in the loss. The team certainly moved better when he was at the helm.
  3. THE RUNNING GAME: The Wildcats rushed for 327 Saturday against the Bears and averaged 5.6 yards a carry.

 

THREE WORRIES

  1. THE PASSING GAME: Sams and Jake Waters combined to go 10-22 for 118 yards, and averaged 5.4 yards per pass attempt, .2 less than each rushing play.
  2. WIDE RECEIVER HEALTH: Play makers Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson did not play and the Wildcats passing game (see above point) suffered mightily because of it. The Wildcats need these two players on the field.
  3. TURNOVERS: While Kansas State only turned the ball over one time on Saturday, compared to 5 times last week against Oklahoma State, it came late in the game, at the most crucial juncture. With Kansas State down by just 3 with just less than 4 minutes to go, Sams threw the interception on the Baylor 39, sealing the loss.

 

The Wildcats also blew through all three of their second half timeouts in the first 9 minutes of the second half, which prevented them from stopping the clock late in the fourth quarter.

Kansas State dropped to 2-4 overall, and 0-3 in the Big 12.

 

 

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