Thursday, October 14, 2010
Instant analysis: K-State 59, Kansas 7
By David Ubben
When Kansas State got beat down by Nebraska last Thursday, the wide gap in speed and talent at a number of positions was obvious. With the exception of Daniel Thomas, Nebraska has a handful of guys who are better than anyone on Kansas State's roster.
Tonight, that wasn't the case. Kansas State is unquestionably better than Kansas. It is not 52 points better. There's a clear gap in talent, but it's not a massive one. Kansas State played well, executed well and deserved to win by 52 points on this night, but this has to be more troubling for Kansas than it is encouraging for Kansas State.
There's no excuse for Kansas to lose this badly with a good crowd at home and almost two weeks to prepare for one of its biggest games of the year.
I'll have plenty more thoughts in tomorrow afternoon's Friday Four Downs video, including how this affects Turner Gill in the big picture, so be sure to tune in for that.
How the game was won: Kansas State outscored the Jayhawks 28-0 in the second quarter and led 31-0 at halftime on the way to a 59-7 blowout.
Stat of the game: Kansas had three turnovers to Kansas State's one. The Jayhawks had a pair of turnovers deep in Kansas State territory that could have resulted in points and would have helped the final score look significantly less embarrassing. Somehow, that word -- embarrassing -- would be well-used to describe three of Kansas' four losses this season. North Dakota State at home, 48 points to Baylor in Waco and 52 points tonight against the Wildcats.
Player of the game: Carson Coffman, QB, Kansas State. The senior rushed for three touchdowns, threw for two more, completed 15 of 16 passes for 184 yards, and took the fourth quarter off. Most importantly, after being pulled from last week's loss to Nebraska, any questions about his status as starter will go unasked for at least another week.