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K-State/West Virginia Game Thoughts - Enough Of Second And Long!

It was a second straight disappointing loss for K-State Football on Saturday, losing 24-20 to West Virginia in a game they could have won at the end if not for a Skylar Thompson interception. My Dad and I were talking a few weeks ago that it seems that offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham and Chris Klieman are pretty stubborn about running the ball right up the middle on first down for little to no gain.  Watching the game again on Sunday it was almost maddening how many times K-State ran for short yardage on first down, leaving them in a second and long situation.  Granted, sometimes they converted on second and/or third downs, but it makes the offense's job much more difficult trying to convert on second and long.  Most of the time second and long means a punt back to the opposition. On first downs for the entire game, K-State ran 21 times and passed 13 times.  However, on the last drive of the game they started the drive with 2:53 left in the game down by four poin

K-State's Big 12 Championship Game Chances Are Dwindling

Tough loss Saturday at Texas.  K-State really needed to win that game and needed Baylor to lose to TCU.  Oklahoma losing to Iowa State would have been nice as well.  K-State is basically tied with Iowa State in the standings and the last game of the season will likely be the tiebreaker between the two teams.  There's still a shot for K-State to make the championship game, but some things need to fall in line now as K-State no longer controls its own destiny.  Every team in the Big 12 has three games left. The two main things that need to happen now is Baylor needs to win out and Oklahoma needs to lose twice.  This would make both Oklahoma and K-State 5-3 assuming K-State wins out as well.  Oklahoma would need to lose to Baylor and at Oklahoma State.  It's not out of the realm of possibility, but it's not real likely, either.  Also, a couple other things have to happen. Oklahoma State would have to beat KU, lose at West Virginia and then beat Oklahoma at home.  Or they c

10 Fun Facts About North Dakota State Basketball

K-State basketball opens the regular season tomorrow night against North Dakota State at 7:00 in Bramlage Coliseum.  Here are 10 fun facts about NDSU basketball. 1)  North Dakota State plays in the Summit League . 2)  They won their postseason conference tournament in March to qualify for the 2019 NCAA tournament, their fourth NCAA tournament appearance. 3)  They beat North Carolina Central 78-74 in the First Four and lost to Duke 85-62 in the next round. 4)  They are picked to win the Summit League in 2019-20. 5)  Guard Vinnie Shahid is a first team Summit League selection and led the team in scoring last season with 13.1 points per game. 6)  Ex-head coaches of note include Gregg McDermott and Tim Miles. 7)  Their mascot is named Thundar. 8)  K-State head football coach Chris Klieman was head coach of North Dakota State football prior to coming to K-State. 9)  Head coach David Richman has been head coach since 2014 and has made two NCAA tournaments.  His record at

K-State's Big 12 Title Game Chances

K-State played a great game Saturday against KU, winning 38-10.  Skylar Thompson ran for 127 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 129 yards.  This one reminded me a little bit of the way Bill Snyder's teams used to manhandle Kansas.  While this was the 11th victory in a row against Kansas, it was the biggest margin of victory since a 45-14 drubbing of the Jayhawks in 2015. Les Miles provided K-State with some bulletin board material when a viral video made the rounds last week showing Miles asking his team " who's K-State ?"  Guess he knows now. As an update to my posts about the chances of K-State making the Big 12 championship game, everything I laid out that needs to happen did in fact happen this week.  So we're still on track.  In addition, there is another path.  If both Baylor and K-State win out, they will meet in the Big 12 Championship game.  I'll be honest, I still am not 100% sure whether this team is really good or if the last two wee

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