Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

No. 20 K-State at Iowa State

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

No. 20 K-State at Iowa State

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AMES, Iowa -- A look at the final statistics showed Kansas State's defense gave up only 69 rushing yards to Stephen F. Austin, a figure that normally would be cause for celebration.

Looking closer, however, there was some cause for concern with three of the Lumberjacks' 21 attempts: A 30-yard touchdown run by tailback Gus Johnson, an 18-yard touchdown scramble by quarterback Joe Minden and a 32-yard scramble by quarterback Zach Conque.

"I think overall the defense early on had a few issues," said K- State cornerback Morgan Burns, who made his first career start. "We let the quarterback scramble and they had a few big plays. Me, personally, I had a deep ball thrown on me and I missed a few tackles, but part of it was first-game jitters and just getting them out. For the most part, I think I played well, but there's a lot to improve on. This week is a great week to improve and look at my mistakes and improve."

The No. 20 Wildcats will see another dangerous quarterback escape artist in Iowa State's Sam Richardson in an 11 a.m. kickoff Saturday at Jake Trice Stadium. Burns said the breakdowns last week are correctable mistakes.

"A lot of it is just staying disciplined and staying in our lanes to contain the quarterback," he said. "We're preparing for that this week because the quarterback for Iowa State can run."

K-State coach Bill Snyder gave his defense an overall passing grade, but a review of the game film confirmed his feeling about the SFA quarterbacks escaping the pocket.

"It was as bad as I thought," Snyder said.

"Overall, it was a passing grade but still -- and it's true on both sides of the ball -- there's a lot of mistakes to get corrected and a lot of things you have concerns about. I thought we played well. Maybe the best way to put it is perhaps not quite as consistent as you would like to be.

"In incidents where we might have made a bad play, bad decision, not executed well, had a mental error, etc., at some point in time in the ballgame when the same opportunity arose we were successful at it. …

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