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RAPID RECAP: Ok-State upset 17-10 by Tulane


Kansas State fell to Tulane 17-10 on Saturday to fall to 2-1 on the season, with Tulane’s upset large coming to fruition after a landing go to Tyrick James with 4:27 left within the fourth quarter.

A key determination by Tulane head coach Willie Fritz to go for the primary down on fourth and one from his personal 24-yard line, paid off after quarterback Michael Pratt was pushed over the road to realize with simply over 2:00 left within the fourth quarter. It was the lone fourth-down try by Tulane’s offense on the day.

After the primary down, Tulane’s offense was in a position to run out the clock with quarterback knees as a result of Ok-State coach Chris Klieman used all three of his timeouts on the primary set of downs.

The failure of the Wildcats’ offense to transform on third and fourth down for a lot of the recreation routinely allowed the Inexperienced Wave to take over possession with high quality subject place, together with on the Inexperienced Wave’s game-winning landing drive.

First-year offensive coordinator Collin Klein skilled a very, powerful day. Klein’s determination to name a shovel go on third and 9 with lower than three minutes left within the recreation led to Kansas State needed to punt the soccer to Tulane, which landed contained in the Kansas State 20-yard line.

SPUTTERING OFFENSE

Within the first two video games, the Kansas State offense discovered success working the soccer. However towards Tulane, Kansas State’s offense struggled to realize any kind of critical momentum all through a lot of the recreation.

Quarterback Adrian Martinez regarded hesitant to throw the soccer downfield or over the center of the sphere for a lot of the sport, and it led to repeated check-down passes to working backs and tight ends when there have been open vast receivers on a number of performs.

By three video games, Martinez has simply 304 passing yards on the season, 150 of the passing yards got here towards Tulane. Martinez accomplished 21-of-31 passes on the day, however he averaged simply 7.1 yards per completion, a reasonably low quantity.

First-year offensive coordinator Collin Klein actually struggled with play calls on a number of performs all through the sport. On the finish of the primary half with lower than 10 seconds to play, Klein referred to as a shovel go from the seven-yard line, which pressured Kansas State to make use of their ultimate timeout of the half, and later accept a subject objective to enter halftime with a 10-7 lead.

However Klein — and the Kansas State offense — struggled supremely on third and fourth down for a lot of the recreation. The Wildcat offense went a mixed 3-for-20 on third and fourth down on Saturday. Most of the performs the Kansas State offense ran on third and fourth down have been lengthy, creating runs with a tailback — Deuce Vaughn or DJ Giddens — beginning five-plus yards behind the road of scrimmage.

Whereas the Ok-State offense lacks giant swaths of dynamic playmakers on the surface, the Wildcats by no means acquired very artistic in short-yardage conditions. Routinely, the Wildcats select to run the soccer as a substitute of utilizing a play-action go or some kind of play to vary the attention path of the Tulane defenders, who have been stacked close to the road of scrimmage promoting out on the run with any of Martinez, Vaughn or Giddens.

DEFENSIVE DEMOLITION CONTINUES, UNTIL THE END

Ok-State’s protection allowed only one landing within the first two weeks of the season, they usually pitched a shutout towards South Dakota within the season-opener. Defensive coordinator Joe Klanderman’s crew continued their sturdy play vs. Tulane.

Kansas State allowed Tulane to realize simply 336 whole yards within the recreation, and restricted Tulane to only 160 whole dashing yards on the afternoon.

The Wildcat protection wasn’t in a position to come via within the clutch late within the recreation, although.

Kansas State’s protection wasn’t in a position to maintain Tulane out of the tip zone late within the recreation, which allowed the Inexperienced Wave to attain a game-winning landing with lower than three minutes left. The Wildcat protection additionally failed to carry on a fourth and one from the Tulane 24, which successfully sealed the sport.

DANIEL GREEN’S STRONG PERFORMANCE

Linebacker Daniel Green had a powerful day for the Kansas State protection. After hauling in an interception final week within the victory towards Mizzou, Inexperienced had one other interception towards Tulane on Saturday that he returned 49 yards deep into Tulane territory. His interception helped arrange Chris Tennant’s subject objective earlier than halftime.

Inexperienced additionally had a hand in Kobe Savage’s interception within the second half. Inexperienced was in a position to break via the road of scrimmage and alter Tulane quarterback Michael Pratt’s mechanics.

KOBE SAVAGE’S MAMBA MENTALITY

Junior school switch Kobe Savage is known as after NBA legend Kobe Bryant, and his play via the primary three weeks of the season is harking back to Bryant’s well-known ‘Mamba Mentality.’

Along with Savage’s interception, he led the Kansas State protection for a lot of the protection. The primary-year Kansas State security ended the day with seven tackles, and he continues to impress in go protection as properly.

VAUGHN’S STREAK COMES TO AN END

Vaughn entered Saturday’s recreation having reached no less than 100 dashing yards and one dashing landing in every of Kansas State’s final eight video games, hit streak involves an finish after dashing for simply 81 yards on the day. Vaughn additionally did not discover the tip zone on Saturday towards the Inexperienced Wave.

The preseason All-American missed a part of the second half within the locker room after struggling an harm on the Wildcat’s third drive within the second half. Vaughn later returned to the sport however wasn’t in a position to spark any large performs for the Kansas State offense.

NEXT UP 

Kansas State opens Large 12 play subsequent week towards a top-10 opponent on the street at Oklahoma, who dominated Nebraska on the street to maneuver to 3-0 underneath first-year head coach Brent Venables.

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