Saturday, October 22, 2011

Kansas State coach, players gracious following blowout

A handful of remaining Kansas fans watch the final minutes of play from the Jayhawk student section as it is overrun with Kansas State fans on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at Kivisto Field.

A handful of remaining Kansas fans watch the final minutes of play from the Jayhawk student section as it is overrun with Kansas State fans on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at Kivisto Field.


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Members of Kansas State’s marching band — and several thousand purple-clad fans standing in the southeast stands of Memorial Stadium — chanted “Just like last year” on Saturday afternoon as the clock expired in the Wildcats’ 59-21 football victory over rival Kansas University.

The win was, indeed, eerily similar to KSU’s 59-7 pounding of the Jayhawks 373 days ago, also in Lawrence.

“For me, a win feels good, whether it’s by one point or 100 points,” KSU junior quarterback Collin Klein said after rushing for 92 yards off 13 carries, scoring four touchdowns and completing 12 of 19 passes for a career-high 195 yards and one score.

“My hat is off to KU. They are a tough team. Obviously they are struggling right now. They looked better than people sometimes give them credit for,” Klein added.

The Wildcats (7-0, 4-0) resembled a team in a different dimension than KU (2-5, 0-4), which has been buried, 118-28, by the ’Cats the past two years.

“We never approach it that it’s about the other team,” said Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, who improved to 16-4 lifetime versus KU. “For us, it’s all about us, about playing as well as we possibly can.”

Snyder was asked how he kept his team — which outgained KU 466 yards to 288 — so focused with a huge game against Oklahoma looming Saturday in Manhattan.

“We whip up on them (players) if they don’t stay that way. We have a hickory switch that I use,” Snyder joked.

“No ... they are just good young guys, and they want to succeed. They have had some success and believe in the process. You can make anything happen if you believe in what you are doing and prepare yourself. That’s the key for them ... to prepare yourself so you can play with that kind of belief and confidence.

“It’s truly one thing at a time. We’ve not talked about who we are playing next week. We didn’t even after the ballgame. We are not good enough to be looking five weeks ahead, two weeks ahead or even one week ahead.”

Snyder credited several thousand KSU’s fans and the Wildcat band for their support.

“They helped us like they always do — at home and on the road,” he said.

By the start of the fourth quarter, several hundred KSU students occupied KU’s student section on the east side of the stadium.

KU’s fans had fled from the premises with the Wildcats up, 52-14, after three quarters. The KSU players sprinted over and greeted those fans, as well as those seated near the band, following the final gun.

“By and large, we played well,” Snyder said.

None of the ’Cats were gloating after the beatdown.

“They held together pretty well,” senior defensive end Jordan Voelker said. “We were hoping they would throw in the towel if we jumped on them early. They did a good job staying with us the whole game.”

“It feels great to go out a senior beating your rival,” senior offensive tackle Clyde Aufner said. “It’s real special. Our guys take extreme pride in this game. To say we won is great. The way we’ve won is great. The guys from Kansas ... this is for them,” added the Raymore, Mo., native.

For the Wildcats, it’s now all about Saturday and the OU game.

“It’s another step,” QB Klein said. “It’s all about coming to practice Monday ready to work.”


squawkhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank you, K-State for not hanging at least 70 points on us this weekend, even though we all know you easily could have, even with your back ups in the game.


Mike Kendall 2 years, 5 months ago

16-4 lifetime against KU---Bill Snyder's record against the Jayhawks, that is. That is stinkin' ridiculous. Sorry, just saying. And the last two games (in Lawrence, no less) weren't even close. I am getting restless, to say the least.


jhwkfan162515 2 years, 5 months ago

What? Snyder uses a hickory switch on his players??? Oooooooo, he's sooooooo meeeeeeaaaaaaaaannnnnnn! Fire him and bring in a "players' coach"!


jayhawkintx1973 2 years, 5 months ago

Yes, they are gracious for Turner Gill not being hired by their Athletic Director. I would be gracious too. They didn't even need work hard to beat Turner Gill yesterday.

Gill is being out coached by every opponent thus far. Gill doesn't understand that he has to actually get better at this level. He doesn't think he is bad, so he won't get better.


Ralster Jayhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

Dont have any problem with the KState football program, or their players, or Coach Snyder, or even Frank Martin and their soon-to-evaporate basketball success...My main hate is with the KStutter fanbase. They live to beat KU--okay, you just got your superbowl win over the hapless Jayhawks. Have fun. Self+SirThomas+Tyshawn will brand an "L" on each of your azz cheeks (home&away). Cant wait to visit the Sherrontagon-o-gloom...


UmbertoConforti 2 years, 5 months ago

Any chance Mangino will come back? Come Back, Fat Man, Come Back. Come Back, Fat Man, Come Back. "But Shane (Fat Man) rode off into the sunset."

Listen the talent may be there but the performance isn't, so the talent doesn't mean squat. It could be said that this time Gill didn't outcoach (coached them out of the game) Kansas in the second half, he outcoached them both halves. Hell, if they played three halves he still would fug up. The starters miss tackles, many, they don't block effectively, they pick up the wrong man on sweeps, they just about foul up two thirds of all offensive plays and three fourths of all defensive downs.


Our football program belongs in the Big East or perhaps C-USA. Those big, bad boys in the Big 12 (read 10) are too mean to us. Even Silo Tech. This is my last football post this year. No interest.

Dear God, please hurry basketball season and help Mr. Self recruit.


Geekinout 2 years, 6 months ago

I've never had a problem with Snyder or any of his players... It's the fans that came out of no where that I despise! I even have friends that were KU fans growing up that became Turncoats.


FSUJHAWK 2 years, 6 months ago

This is ridiculous! Regardless of how fans feel about the coaching staff and or the season, rival fans should never be allowed to occupy the student section. This is beyond disrespectful and disgraceful to Ole KU! Where was the stadium security? Where were the students/fans? Where was the pride? Where were those who claim they bleed crimson and blue?



danmoore 2 years, 6 months ago

Coach Snyder is 72 and he'll have to retire someday. That's our consolation.


Steve Brown 2 years, 6 months ago

Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse praised long golden hair also.


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