Kansas State fell to Tulane 17-10 on Saturday to drop to 2-1 in the season, with Tulane’s major disappointment coming to fruition after a touchdown pass Tyrick James with 4:27 remaining in the fourth quarter.
An important decision by head coach Tulane Willie Fritz first down in fourth and a goal from his own 24-yard line, paying off after kicking midfield Michael Pratt was pushed across the line to achieve with just over 2:00 left in the fourth quarter. It was Tulane’s offense-only fourth attempt of the day.
After the first fall, Tulane’s offense was able to run out of the clock with the quarterback’s knee because of the K-State coach Chris Klieman used all three of my timeouts on the first deceleration.
Wildcats’ failure to switch in third and fourth place for most of the game’s duration often allows the Blue Waves to take ownership of quality field placement, including on hit-down drive. play win of the Blue Wave.
First-year offensive coordinator Collin Klein has had a really tough day. Klein’s decision to call a shovel pass in third and ninth places with less than three minutes of play left Kansas State to pitch the ball to Tulane, who landed inside Kansas State’s 20-yard line.
In the first two games, Kansas State offense was successful in running the football. But against Tulane, the Kansas State offense struggled to gain any serious momentum throughout much of the game.
Midfielder Adrian Martinez Seems hesitant to throw the ball down the field or midfield for most of the game, and that leads to repeated testing passes for back runs and tight finishes when there are many wide receivers open in multiple plays.
In three games, Martinez had 304 passes during the season, 150 against Tulane. Martinez completed 21 of 31 passes during the day, but he averaged just 7.1 yards per completion, a pretty low number.
First year attack coordinator Colin Klein definitely struggled with play calls on a number of turns throughout the game. At the end of the first half with less than 10 seconds to play, Klein called for a shovel pass from the seven-yard line, forcing Kansas State to use the final timeout of the half, and then settle for an on-court goal to enter recess. with a 10-7 lead.
But Klein – and Kansas State offense – struggled heavily in third and fourth place for most of the game. Wildcat offense combined 3 to 20 in third and fourth places on Saturday. Many of the plays where the Kansas State offense runs Tuesday through Wednesday are long, evolving plays that are somewhat retrograde – Deuce Vaughn or DJ Giddens – starting more than five yards behind the script line.
While K-State’s attack lacked a large number of active players outside, the Wildcats were never creative in short-range situations. Typically, the Wildcats choose to run the ball instead of using an action pass or some kind of play to change the eye direction of the Tulane defenders, who are lined up near the fence of the sell-out scenario when running with any Martinez anyway, Vaughn or Giddens.
DEFENSIVE DEMOLITION CONTINUES, UNTIL END
K-State’s defense conceded just once in the first two weeks of the season, and they beat South Dakota in the season opener. Defensive Coordinator Joe Klanderman’s The crew continued to play strong with Tulane.
Kansas State allowed Tulane to win a total of 336 yards in the game, and limited Tulane to a total of 160 yards in the afternoon.
However, Wildcat’s defense was consistently unstoppable towards the end of the game.
Kansas State’s defense failed to keep Tulane out of the late-game zone late in the game, which allowed the Blue Waves to score the winning goal with less than three minutes remaining. Wildcat’s defense also failed to hold a quarter and one from Tulane 24, which effectively sealed off the game.
POWERFUL PERFORMANCE OF DANIEL GREEN
Linebacker Daniel Green had a tough day for the Kansas State defense. After making an interception last week in the win over Mizzou, Green had another interception against Tulane on Saturday that he returned 49 yards deep into Tulane territory. His interception helped establish By Chris Tennant pitch goal before halftime.
KOBE SAVAGE’S MAMBA SPIRIT
College transfer Kobe Savage is named after NBA legend Kobe Bryant, and his play during the first three weeks of the season is reminiscent of Bryant’s famous ‘Mamba Mentality’.
In addition to intercepting Savage, he led the Kansas State line-up in much of the defence. Kansas State’s first-year safety ended the day with seven tackles, and he also continued to impress with his passing ability.
VAUGHN’S STREAK IS ENDING COMINGLY
Vaughn entered Saturday’s game hitting at least 100 yards and one rush touch in each of Kansas State’s last eight games, a streak that ended after plunging just 81 yards during the day. . Vaughn also found no end to the Saturday before the Blue Wave.
The American forward missed part of the second half in the dressing room after suffering an injury on Wildcat’s third driveway in the second half. Vaughn later returned to the game but was unable to cause any major games for Kansas State offense.
Kansas State will open the Big 12 next week with a top 10 opponent on the road at Oklahoma, who has dominated Nebraska on its way to 3-0 under freshman head coach Brent Venables.