In-State Rivalry Turns Into Rout: Kansas State Rolls Over Kansas, 59-7

Quarterback Carson Coffman accounts for five touchdowns as Kansas State wins easily in the battle for the Governor's Cup.

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Coffman Leads K-State To First Win At Kansas Since 2002

Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) - Carson Coffman accounted for five touchdowns, three rushing and two passing, as Kansas State blew out Kansas, 59-7, in the Sunflower Showdown.

Coffman completed 15-of-16 passes for 184 yards and rushed 10 times for 42 for the Wildcats (5-1, 2-1 Big 12), who bounced back from a 48-13 loss to Nebraska last Thursday. Daniel Thomas rushed for 91 yards and a TD and Stephen Harrison returned a fumble 85 yards to the end zone as the Wildcats dominated in the battle for the Governor's Cup and state bragging rights. It was KSU's first win in Lawrence since 2002.

Jordan Webb completed 26-of-46 passes for 228 yards, but was picked off once for the Jayhawks (2-4, 0-2), who have been outscored 114-14 over their last two games. They were blown out by Baylor on October 2.

Josh Cherry kicked a 38-yard field goal to represent the lone points of the first quarter, but Coffman slipped into the end zone from eight yards out on a fourth down call on the first play of the second.

Kansas' Deshaun Sands fumbled on the ensuing play from scrimmage and Coffman finished the short drive with a one-yard TD run for a 17-0 lead, just 2:35 into the quarter.

Thomas scored on a nine-yard run just over four minutes later, and Coffman's 13-yard TD pass to Travis Tannahill expanded the lead to 31-0 with 1:51 remaining in the half.

Coffman connected with Andre McDonald for a 29-yard scoring pass early in the third, and Harrison ran back a James Sims fumble to the end zone later in the period.

A two-yard TD run by Coffman made it 52-0 with 1:23 left in the third. That score came after Harrison came up with an interception in the end zone and a 56-yard run from William Powell.

Kansas' lone score came on Angus Quigley's five-yard run with 2:28 left in the game. Collin Klein then ran 51 yards for a TD to cap the scoring.

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Kansas Vs. Kansas State Preview: Gaming For The Ground

SB Nation Kansas City previews the pivotal K-State run game:

Kansas State for all intents and purposes relies on the run. The Wildcats rank 26th in the nation in terms of their ground attack while reaching the opposite end of the spectrum with the 107th ranked passing attack. Daniel Thomas ran wild through three weeks of the season and is viewed as one of the top runners in the nation. A solid offensive line and a consistently solid gameplan by Bill Snyder only adds to the effectiveness of the Wildcat running game. What Kansas State doesn't have is a particularly potent weapon at quarterback.

But again, that's where the strength of the Kansas defense lies. The Jayhawks contained one of the best option attacks in the nation against Georgia Tech and while they didn't completely shut it down by any means, they were able to limit it enough to get a win. No Kansas isn't great against the run, but they are serviceable and the same linebackers that struggle to cover in space are strong in run support.
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Kansas Vs. Kansas State: A Rivalry With Family Ties

One of SB Nation's Bring On The Cats bloggers relates his personal history with the Kansas-Kansas State game:

The week of the Big Game -- be it in football or basketball -- always brings with it thoughts of my dad. Some of my best memories of him are wrapped up in K-State games. I remember Jack Hartman (whom my dad idolized), and Lon Kruger (whose Silver Lake team was beaten my dad's Lewis Spartans in the quarterfinals of the 1970 Kansas state basketball tournament). I remember the 1982 football season, and how it was a flicker of light down a long, dark hallway leading to 1990. Without Coach Jim Dickey, and his boy Darrell, my early Wildcat football memories would have contained naught but losing, from my first memories of listening to Cats' games, in my dad's farm truck, as a kindergartener back in 1979, all the way until Coach Snyder arrived on the scene in late 1988.

In fact, as a know-it-all 14-year-old, I was singularly unimpressed with the "old man" (that's honestly what I called him, even back in 1988, when he was all of 49) who stepped to the podium that day. It was my dad who told me, "Give him some time, Kev. I think he might be different." As in most things, my dad was right.
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Kansas Vs. Kansas State: An SB Nation Roundtable

SB Nation's Rock Chalk Talk and Bring on The Cats break down crucial elements of Thursday night's game:

What would you say your biggest concerns are going into the game in terms of matchups?

TB
Definitely K-State's defense against KU's offense.  I know KU has had its share of struggles offensively, but this isn't about KU's offense.  This is about a K-State defense that lacks speed, size and skill.  If James Sims gets rolling on the ground, then I have serious fears that we'll see Daymond Patterson and Bradley McDougald running circles around our safeties in the defensive backfield.

KSBailey
As far as matchups, I don't have a TON of concerns anywhere. My main concern is that there could be a hangover from Nebraska, and that Coach Snyder might go into a bit of a shell offensively. I'm not sure that KU has the offensive team speed to make the Cats pay for the terrible angles they take to the football, and the other problems that the Huskers revealed. But, I will candidly admit that I could be VERY wrong about that, since I've only watched two KU games, one being their best one (Ga Tech) and the other, their second-worst (Baylor).

BracketCat
If I was Chuck Long, I would install the zone read out of the pistol offense this week with Jordan Webb and James Sims. Every single team has used it on us this year, with moderate to extreme success.
I think our cornerbacks can handle KU's receivers in pass coverage, but if Daymond Patterson slips behind our safeties (we've been burned for at least one long pass down the middle in every game this season), look out.
As usual, K-State's ability to play any defense whatsoever will depend on whether it can generate a pass rush out of its soft 8-man coverage defense. I think Brandon Harold can have some success against a beat-up and thin Jayhawks offensive line, but I have to see it to believe it.
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Kansas Vs. Kansas State: In-State Rivalry Resumes In Lawrence

(Sports Network) Bitter rivals come together in Lawrence this Thursday, as the Kansas State Wildcats clash with the Kansas Jayhawks in Big 12 play at Memorial Stadium.

This is the 108th meeting between the state rivals, with Kansas holding a 65-37-5 advantage in the all-time series. KSU however, won last year's showdown, 17-10, in Manhattan.

The Wildcats enter the tilt hoping to rebound from their first loss of the campaign, as they were thrashed, 48-13, by No.6 Nebraska on Thursday. It marked the fourth home game in five outings for KSU, which now sits at 4-1 on the campaign.

Kansas meanwhile, had the week off to regroup from its own dreadful performance, a 55-7 setback at Baylor on October 2nd. At 2-3 the Jayhawks have obviously had a tough time early on and one of their losses was a shocking 6-3 setback to North Dakota State, a FBS program, to open the season.

The Wildcats never got going on offense last week, managing only 315 total yards in a lopsided loss to Nebraska. Many of those yards came when the game was well out of reach, so the performance was even worse than the numbers would indicate. Daniel Thomas, averaging 157 ypg coming in, was held in check, finishing with just 63 yards on 22 carries. He did lead the team with eight receptions, but was really bottled up all night. Still, Thomas is the workhorse for this club, rushing for 691 yards and six scores, so expect a big bounce back effort this week. He will need to be good as KSU hasn't gotten much production from QB Carson Coffman, who has posted for just 730 yards in five games. Against Nebraska, Coffman finished with 91 yards and a TD, hardly impressive numbers.

KSU's defense was simply shredded by Nebraska, which gained 587 total yards, averaging 11.3 yards per play. The Wildcats gave up five TDs of 35 or more yards, including three from 68 yards out, and were ripped for 451 yards on the ground. The run defense has been a real problem this season for KSU, which is now permitting 246.6 ypg on the ground. Opponents are averaging a healthy 5.8 yards per carry against KSU and that is simply a far too big of a number. Alex Hrebec has been the steadiest defender for the Wildcats and he leads the team with 49 stops, including 10 against Nebraska.

The Jayhawks struggled greatly on offense last game, turning the ball over four times and gaining a mere 270 total yards in a lopsided loss to Baylor. QB Jordan Webb lost a fumble and threw a pair of INTs, while finishing with 171 yards and a TD on 16-of-28 tosses in the loss. It was a complete meltdown for the redshirt freshman, who has thrown for 796 yards with six scores and three picks on the season. Daymond Patterson, who had a TD grab in the loss to Baylor, has been Webb's favorite target, catching 28 balls for 259 yards. In the backfield, James Sims paces Kansas with 329 yards and three TDs in four games. As a team though, Kansas is averaging a less than respectable 3.6 yards per carry.

Defensively, the Jayhawks were simply abused by Baylor, allowing 244 yards on the ground and an even higher 434 yards through the air. The unit gave up 32 first downs and was pushed around all game long. Kansas also failed to create a single turnover and the team has just three takeaways to its credit for the season. Bringing the pressure has also been a problem for the Jayhawks, who have posted a mere three sacks. Steven Johnson paces the defense with 44 stops for the season and that includes an 11-tackle performance last game.

KSU has had more early success and with its ground attack leading the way, expect the Wildcats to come out on top in the end.

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