After the 15-minute climate delay, the Kansas State Wildcats and Missouri Tigers confronted off in an previous Huge 12 rivalry sport. A lot anticipation went into the sport, together with off-the-field anticipation with the Wabash controversy.
After some early “Okay-S-U” chants, the sport started with Okay-State profitable the toss and deferring to the Tigers. Missouri obtained the ball and made the drive depend, scoring the primary factors in opposition to the Wildcats protection.
Missouri quarterback Brady Cook dinner stored the drive along with his toes, securing two first downs and gaining one other with forcing an offsides penalty on a number of Okay-State defensive lineman. The drive ended on the runstop from the Wildcat 39-yard line with lineback Austin Moore launching by means of the road for the cease. The Tigers ended with three factors on the drive from a 49-yard area objective.
“Austin’s only a terrific soccer participant and is admittedly an unsung man that simply makes performs and children love him as a result of he doesn’t say something. You understand, he leads by what he does,” Kleiman mentioned. “He’s deserved and earned what he’s doing proper now with arduous work.”
Receiving the ball, the Wildcats had a really completely different first drive from their opening 75-yard Malik Knowles landing drive in opposition to South Dakota. The Wildcat ten-play opening drive nonetheless led to a landing and nonetheless concerned the assistance from Knowles.
The sluggish drive confronted a number of third downs, with Knowles changing one with a 18-yard catch and catching one other first down earlier within the drive. Okay-State capitalized on a pretend QB run as Adrian Martinez discovered extensive receiver Phillip Brooks down the seam on a 28-yard catch, establishing working again Deuce Vaughn for the 1-yard rating, taking a 7-3 lead.
After permitting their first factors of the season, the Wildcats protection pressured a fast three-and-out, harking back to the earlier week. Security Josh Hayes, who made his Wildcat debut within the sport, and nostril guard Eli Huggins every recorded a 4-yard deal with for loss (TFL), serving to power the Tigers to punt.
“He [Hayes] missed one early and he knew it, however Josh is a very good soccer participant and it was enjoyable to look at him come again and play bodily and play arduous,” Kleiman mentioned.
Ranging from the Missouri 47-yard line, the Wildcats continued their offensive manufacturing. Going all the way in which to the Tiger 18-yard line, Okay-State regarded for a large receiver cross from Kade Warner, the son of Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer Kurt Warner, however with nothing open, Warner transformed the third-and-1. On the next play, Martinez continued to point out his means along with his toes, working for a 16-yard landing on a QB run led by blockers heart Hayden Gillum, left guard Cooper Beebe and finalized by a block from Vaughn to guide the QB into the endzone.
“You understand, Cooper Beebe, Hayden Gillum and Deuce Vaughn clearly, once more laying a fantastic block. Couldn’t have drawn it up higher,” Martinez mentioned. “I imply, I feel anyone might have ran that one and that’s the way in which you get a fantastic workforce win once more.”
Going through a 14-3 deficit, the Tigers as soon as once more weren’t capable of convert a primary down. Whereas Martinez discovered success for the Wildcats utilizing his toes ending the Okay-State drive, Cook dinner failed in doing so, attempting twice to scramble to keep away from the punt.
Because the heavy rain continued, so did Martinez’s legs, working for a 13-yard first down on the second play following the three-and-out cease. After a holding name on third down, the Wildcats weren’t capable of safe the primary down and have been pressured to punt.
Following the Wildcat punt, solely two performs have been capable of be accomplished by the Tigers earlier than extra climate points induced one other delay with 7:44 left within the second quarter. After almost an hour of no play, the sport resumed with the Tigers backed up on third-and-13 on their very own 19-yard line.
“We talked about it [the rain] this morning within the pregame that there very nicely could possibly be some adversity and don’t let your circumstance dictate the way you present up,” Kleiman mentioned. “[The] guys got here again. They have been centered, had actually good power. It was actually robust on the market.”
Failing to transform, the Tigers have been pressured into one other punt, pushing Okay-State additional forward. Brooks took the punt from the Wildcat 24-yard line, he ran in direction of his left into open house and adopted blockers into an uncontested 76-yard punt return for a landing. After a blocked additional level, the Wildcat’s led 20-3 with 6:36 left within the second quarter.
After every workforce was pressured to punt and a final ditch effort from the Tigers to attain, the half ended at 20-3 with Okay-State having solely a 150-119 yard benefit with a 17-point lead.
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Popping out of the half, Missouri gained some momentum early on. After securing a Wildcat punt from a flagged Martinez to Vaughn deep wheel route, Cook dinner got here out firing. Taking 4 photographs down the sphere, Cook dinner hit one again shoulder proper in stride with extensive receiver Dominic Lovett for 39 yards to the Okay-State 26-yard line. From there, the Tigers didn’t convert one other first and kicked a 44-yard area objective to convey the rating to 20-6.
Coming off the sphere objective, the Wildcats offensive drive was highlighted by a 66-yard punt from punter Ty Zentner. With a spotlight play following proper after the lengthy punt, security Kobe Savage recorded his first interception of the yr on a ball up the center from Cook dinner.
Putting the Wildcats on the Missouri 33-yard line, a defensive facemask put Okay-State in higher place for a area objective. Failing to seek out any fruitful performs on offense, kicker Chris Tennant nailed a 35-yard area to place the Wildcats up three possessions at 23-6.
After the rating, every workforce traded errors, beginning when Missouri backup quarterback Jack Abraham threw an interception on the line of scrimmage to a leaping defender in linebacker Daniel Inexperienced. Unable to reap the benefits of the leaping interception, the offense was held to a area objective try which was missed. Again with the ball, the Tigers threw their third interception of the sport, this time to linebacker Nick Allen. With the Wildcat offense sputtering, they settled for a area objective, this time making it, taking the result in 20.
Persevering with with the turnovers, the Tigers threw a fourth interception, the third decide in three throws and the fourth drive in-a-row, to security Cincere Mason, his second in two video games. The Wildcats offense lastly took benefit of the protection’s takeaways as Vaughn ran for a 29-yard run after which a 24-yard run for a landing, pushing the result in 33-6.
“I felt like each time we sat right down to get a relaxation you regarded up and somebody was catching an interception,” Vaughn mentioned. “That’s a testomony to them boys on the again finish.”
The remainder of the sport slowly bled out till the clock hit zero. The final Wildcat rating got here from backup working again DJ Giddens on a 28-yard run. Okay-State now sits at 2-0, every sport being led by the run sport, huge particular groups performs and the protection, which collected 4 interceptions on the day profitable the sport 40-12.
“The important thing was we didn’t throw a decide they usually threw 4 of them,” Kleiman mentioned. “It’s defensive position, it’s linebackers. It’s letting these youngsters be aggressive and lay their ears again.”
The Wildcats have the final of their three-game residence stretch in opposition to Tulane Inexperienced Wave at 2 p.m. on Sept 17.