AUDIO: Bill Snyder Postgame Press Conference vs. Missouri St.
Ryan Thies - September 24, 2016 11:28 pm
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The K-State offense picked up right where it left off last week with Jesse Ertz throwing two touchdown passes and Winston Dimel running the ball into the end zone twice in the rain-shortened matchup at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Rain and lightning in the area not only pushed kickoff time back an hour, but it also cut the game in half.
In a statement from K-State Athletics, the game officials and K-State Athletics game management said the weather conditions at halftime “would not safely permit the resumption of the game”.
Jesse Ertz continued to improve in his third start, as he completed seven passes for a total of 94 yards in the shortened game and also broke off a 35-yard run down the middle of the field in the first quarter.
“You can tell his confidence is building.” Head Coach Bill Snyder said about his junior quarterback. “That is something that was shaken over the first game, but he has gotten that back over these last two games.”
The Wildcat defense only allowed a total of 54 yards to a Missouri St. team who averaged over 450 yards of total offense per game coming into the game against the Wildcats. Jordan Willis recovered his first fumble of the season and Matt Seiwert picked off a pass to account for the two turnovers brought on by the K-State defense.
“I think all season going back to spring ball, coaches have stressed that we need to get the ball back to our offense.” Willis said after the game about the ability his defense has to create turnovers. “Anytime we can do that, it gives the offense the opportunity to get points on the board. I think everybody is listening and we just need to keep it up.”
In a rare occasion, K-State won the opening coin toss and elected to receive. During that first drive, the K-State offense marched down the field for a 63 yard touchdown drive that was capped off by a Charles Jones run to the outside on 4th & goal.
That touchdown wasn’t met without a little controversy, however. As Jones ran the ball into the end zone, he was inches away from dropping the football before reaching the goal line. There was a slight delay for the extra point, but the play was not reviewed. Jones did not play another snap the rest of the game.
Missouri St. was without their regular starting quarterback Breck Ruddick due to a suspension for “conduct detrimental to the team”. His two replacements, Brodie Lambert and Michael Briggs, were a combined 3-12 for only 24 yards of passing.
Wide receiver Byron Pringle caught his first touchdown pass in a K-State uniform in a very unusual way. Jesse Ertz threw a 19-yard pass to Tight End Dayton Valentine where it bounced off his hands and Pringle was right there snag it.
The win improved Bill Snyder’s career record to 195-102-1, pushing him to sole possession of 28th place on the all-time wins list in FBS history.
Up next for Kansas State is a road matchup with West Virginia. Hear that game on Sports Radio 1150 KSAL and Sunny 102.5 with kickoff at 2:30.
On Tuesday, coach Bill Snyder met with the media to preview the upcoming matchup and give insight on what took place over the past week.