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West Virginia vs Kansas State Game Recap

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Collin Klein impressed as Kansas State routed the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown, 55-14.

Another slow start, and poor outing from WVU leaves the team sitting at a 5-2 record (2-2 in Big 12 Conference play).

The Wildcats of Kansas State had no issues moving the ball up and down the field.  West Virginia only had one defensive stop in the game.

"We lost to a very good football team tonight," said head coach Dana Holgorsen.  "You have to give Kansas State a lot of credit.  They were mistake-free on all sides of the ball.  There are no excuses, and it starts with me."

In the first half, the Mountaineers offense did not score a touchdown.  The only points for WVU came from a 100 yard kickoff return from Tavon Austin.  In the first 30 minutes of the game, West Virginia managed just 74-yards on offense, compared to 346-yards by Kansas State.

Colin Klein and Geno Smith headlined the game as two of the top players in the country, both competing for the Heisman Trophy.  It was Klein who played a step above the rest as he had 323 yards through the air with three passing touchdowns.  On the ground, the 6-5, 225 pound quarterback ran for 41 yards, including four scores.

Smith had an impressive outing, but was still outshined.  He went 21 for 32 passing with 143 yards and one touchdown.

Smith also threw his first interception of the season on the opening play of the second half.  On a tipped pass up in the air, Wildcats player Arthur Brown hauled the ball in to give Kansas State the ball at the 24-yard line.  Smith later threw his second interception on a deep pass to freshman Travares Copeland.

Stedman Bailey was suited up, despite an injury he suffered against Texas Tech.  However, he missed several plays throughout the game and was noticeably absent.  He had just four catches for 34 yards.

Tavon Austin had six catches for 34 yards, and one receiving touchdown.  He had 233 all-purpose yards.

Shawne Alston, despite being on the "dressed" list, was in sweats on the sideline all night.

"We couldn't get in a rhythm," said Holgorsen.  "I think we ran probably 14 plays in the first half and only had the ball three times.  So, it's hard to get in a rhythm when you do that."

Wildcats receiver Tyler Lockett led all players in receiving yards.  With nine catches, the sophomore receiver from Tulsa Oklahoma had 194 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, the Mountaineers struggled.  The unit was unable to force a single turnover and allowed the Wildcats to score on every possession the team had, until the fourth quarter.  Leading the team in tackles were Karl Joseph and Isaiah Bruce with nine each.

"We played somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 players on defense," Holgorsen continued.  "They are what we got.  We're going to focus hard on them, especially with all the young guys we have."

The Mountaineers are off next week, but host TCU on November 3.  Kansas State will play Texas Tech next Saturday, October 27, at 2:30.

 

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