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Kansas State falls to Mississippi State 31-10

Jay Binkley
September 08, 2018 - 3:26 pm
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Kansas State falls to #18 Mississippi State 31-10 Saturday afternoon in Manhattan.  KSU had no answers for Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill as he had 211 yards on 17 carries (12.4 per) and 2 touchdowns.

-Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerland was 11/27 for 154 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 pick.  rushing he had 19 carries 159 yards.  

-Kansas State started Skylar Thompson and he was 7/17 for 86 yards and a touchdown.  Alex Delton played QB as well and was 2/4 for 14 yards.  Leading the way for the Wildcats on the ground was Alex Barnes who ran for 75 yards.  The only TD for KSU was Dalton Schoen who halled in a 23 yard pass from Skylar Thompson.

-Mississippi State had 384 yards rushing in this game.

 

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PRESS RELEASE AND GAME NOTES FROM KANSAS STATE:

No. 18 Mississippi State Rushes Past K-State, 31-10

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State Wildcats fell to No. 18/18 Mississippi State Bulldogs 31-10, in front of 49,784 fans at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday, as the Bulldogs rushed for 384 total yards, including 211 yards from sophomore running back Kylin Hill to hand the Wildcats their first defeat of the season.

 K-State (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) totaled 213 yards on offense, including a 23-yard touchdown strike from sophomore quarterback Skylar Thompson to junior wide receiver Dalton Schoen in the third quarter to mark the sole K-State touchdown. Redshirt freshman defensive end Wyatt Hubertset up the score with his first-career interception and the first interception of the season for the Wildcats.

 HOW IT HAPPENED

After connecting on four field goals a week ago in the first half against South Dakota, sophomore place kicker Blake Lynch picked up where he left off on Saturday, scoring the first points of the game on a field goal from 26-yards out. The Lynch field goal matched the preceding Mississippi State drive, as the score was knotted 3-3 after two offensive series for each team.

 On their third offensive possession of the game, the Bulldogs found the end zone on a 16-yard strike from senior quarterback Nick Fitzgerald to Hill. MSU led 10-3 with 14:20 left in the second quarter.

 Mississippi State expanded its first-half lead with a three-play, 65-yard drive before halftime, capped off by a 28-yard touchdown rush from Hill. The Bulldogs entered the halftime break with a 17-3 lead, led by 261 yards of total offense.

 In the second half, MSU found more success on the ground, as Hill found a gap and rushed for 52 yards to the K-State 13 yard-line. Mississippi State would later convert on the red-zone possession, as Fitzgerald completed a 13-yard pass to redshirt freshman wide receiver Austin Williams to bring the score to 24-3.

 Later in the third quarter, Hubert came up with the team’s first interception of the season on a deflected pass in the flats, giving the Wildcats an opportunity in Bulldog territory. On the next play from scrimmage, Thompson lofted a pass to Schoen, who caught the ball in the back of the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown to bring the score to 24-10 with 2:20 remaining in the third quarter.

 In the fourth quarter, Mississippi State increased their lead to 31-10 with a 16-yard rush from Hill for his second touchdown of the game.

 OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE GAME

Dalton Schoen – Junior wide receiver Dalton Schoen led the Wildcats in receiving on Saturday, bringing in two passes for 34 yards and a touchdown. Schoen’s touchdown in the third quarter came from 23 yards out, giving the Wildcats their first touchdown of the game.

 DENENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE GAME

Wyatt Hubert – Redshirt freshman defensive end Wyatt Hubert came up with his first-career interception and first interception of the season for the Wildcats, after MSU quarterback Nick Fitzgerald dumped a short pass in the flat, which was deflected and collected by Hubert. Hubert’s interception led to the first touchdown of the day for the Wildcats.

 Walter Neil Jr. – Following a career-high four tackles a week ago against South Dakota, sophomore defensive back Walter Neil Jr. led the Wildcats by tallying six tackles, including five individual tackles on Saturday to set a new career-high, while also adding a pass break-up.

 SPECIAL TEAMS STARS OF THE GAME

Duke Shelley – Senior defensive back Duke Shelley returned four kicks for 109 yards on Saturday, garnering the most all-purpose yards for K-State in the game.

 STAT OF THE GAME

Oct. 7, 2010 – The 384 rushing yards by Mississippi State on Saturday are the most against K-State since October 7, 2010, when Nebraska rushed for 451 yards. MSU was led by two rushers, Hill and Fitzgerald, who each rushed for over 100 yards, the first time the Wildcats allowed two opponent rushers for over 100 yards since 2015.

 COACH’S COMMENTS

Head Coach Bill Snyder

On whether this was from Mississippi State being a good team or K-State struggling...

“Well, it’s more of the latter. I wouldn’t take anything away from Mississippi State because they are a very fine football team, but as I’ve said so many times, it’s not about who we line up and play, it’s about us. We just haven’t played as well as we’re capable of. I thought there was some promise up until maybe the last 5-6 minutes or so in the ballgame. I saw some things, maybe things you don’t see but I saw some things that tell me that maybe we’re making some headway in areas that had been an issue for us, but we didn’t finish the game that way.”

 On offensive struggles…

“Obviously, you just look at the numbers. I mean, in the first three quarters of each ball game, in those six quarters we’ve gotten six points on the board. And that was in the last two and a half minutes of the third quarter today. So we’re not starting very well but that period of start time is lasting a long time. And then to only end up with seven points on the board, and we got the seven points because the defense got the turnover and the offense went on and got a short field to get the touchdown. So not very productive.”

 On Offensive line play...

“Well the main thing, I say the main thing but I’ll have to see the film again because it varies from player to player, but more than anything it’s just being a little more stronger and more forceful in the initial phase of our protection so that we don’t get so much push. When you get on your heels and you get pushed back - a lot of the problems we had throwing the football was just the fact that we did have pressure on him and the quarterback really couldn’t see out. You’ve got big guys in front of you, (Montez) Sweat looks like he’s seven-feet tall. I know he’s not that tall but he sure looks that way. But they get tall on you, and the closer they get, the less you can see and that created some problems for us. We had a number of throws that went into the ground. You saw throws that were just errant. You saw some throws where we had wide open receivers and you threw the ball in the wrong place. And part of it, not all of it, but part of it is just not being able to see out, so we’ve got to do a better job. Would I say our pass protection’s not capable? No, I think they’re quite capable, but by the same token, we’ve got to be able to do it. We’re just a little soft right now.”

 On being surprised at the blitz packages from Mississippi State… “I wasn’t surprised by the blitzes, I was surprised at our reaction to them, which wasn’t as productive. I haven’t seen the tape, so there might be something out there that I hadn’t seen, but based on what I did see, they were identical to what we had seen. We didn’t know they were coming all the time, but we knew most of them were coming. I thought we had executed very well during the course of the week, especially on Wednesday and Thursday, against the blitzes, but it didn’t happen that often today.”  

On the secondary...

“It was 357 yards or whatever it was, it was probably displeasing and there were a lot of reasons for that. I thought we defended well against most of the deeper throws, that was pleasing to me, or I was happy that we did. I think it was some of the underneath throws, they had some crossing routes - which is not anything we haven’t seen and worked on, just the execution against them was not very good. Consequently, when you go back and look, I’m going to guess they were 8-out-of-12 on third down. They got a lot of third down plays on those little dinks that we didn’t defend well.”

 SEASON RECORD UPDATE

K-State 1-1 (0-0 Big 12)

No. 18 Mississippi State 2-0 (0-0 SEC)

 WHAT’S NEXT

K-State hosts UTSA Roadrunners on September 15 at 3 p.m. CT at Bill Snyder Family Stadium for Fort Riley Day. The game will air on FSN and will commemorate K-State’s partnership with Fort Riley.

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