Showing posts from October, 2020

From The Couch - Tyler Lockett's Career Game Against The Cardinals

It was a big day for ex-K-State receivers in the NFL yesterday.  Byron Pringle ran back a kickoff return for a touchdown for the Kansas City Chiefs and Tyler Lockett caught a career high 15 catches for 200 yards against the Arizona Cardinals.  There were lots of props for Lockett yesterday about some of his amazing catches.  Let's take a look... “He just made so many special plays, he was unbelievable. Just the post-route that he caught in the back of the end zone, that was just an amazing catch by him." ...Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks quarterback JM:  Check out the catch Wilson is referencing in the quote above...   "According to ESPN Stats & Info, Lockett became the first player with at least seven receiving touchdowns and 500 receiving yards in his team’s first six games of the season since Calvin Johnson in 2011." ...Lindsey Wisniewski, JM:  Lockett has been very impressive so far this season.  He's also getting mentioned with some h

From The Couch - Quotes From Around The Big 12

It was great to have a full slate of Big 12 games to watch on Saturday.  Oklahoma State and Kansas State remained undefeated in the league, Oklahoma and Texas both won to remain in the race and Texas Tech had a somewhat surprising win against West Virginia.  Let's take a look at coach and player reaction from Saturday's games... “Overall, I thought our plan was way better and was executed better than it was when Brock Purdy was here as a freshman. I thought Jim Knowles and them rallied today, had a good plan and were able to keep us in the game and force some three-and-outs.” ...Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State head coach JM:   The Oklahoma State/Iowa State game was the only Big 12 battle of the weekend between two ranked teams.  Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy passed for just 162 yards and Mike Gundy gave defensive coordinator Jim Knowles credit. The Cowboys were ranked second nationally in scoring defense and No. 6 in total defense going into the game and held the Cyclones

Byron Pringle To The House!

Another big play by Byron Pringle this week, returning a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown against the Broncos.  He's playing great lately.  Check it out below...

From The Couch - Another Blowout of KU/The Deuce Is Loose/Phillip Brooks Breaks David Allen's Return Record

  Photo by Charlie Reidel, AP K-State beat Kansas 55-14 on Saturday afternoon to get their 12th victory in a row against KU.  Phillip Brooks, Deuce Vaughn and even Will Howard all had big games for the Cats.  Let's take a look at what went down.... "Kansas State Football pounds Kansas, wins Sunflower Showdown for record 12th straight time." ...Headline, Manhattan Mercury JM:  This is the longest win streak by either team in the series.  K-State won 11 straight from 1993 to 2003.  KU fans are mostly silent about this fact. " At the end of the first quarter, the Wildcats (4-1, 4-0 Big 12) led just 7-0. They had 55 penalty yards — nearly as many yards as they had offensively (63). But the good news was their defense had held the Jayhawks to only 51 yards in the period, which included a pair of three-and-outs." ...Ryan Black, Manhattan Mercury JM:  Sometimes the final score doesn't tell the whole story.  K-State fans were sweating this one at the end of the

K-State Football - Contender or Pretender?

Can K-State football stay in contention for a Big 12 title after losing starting quarterback Skylar Thompson for the season?  The Wildcats are 3-0 in the conference and tied with Iowa State and Oklahoma State, both of whom have zero conference losses along with the Wildcats.  With Kansas next on the schedule, K-State is in good position to go to 4-0 before a tough stretch of games against West Virginia in Morgantown, Oklahoma State in Manhattan and Iowa State in Ames.   The injury to Thompson leaves K-State with true freshman Will Howard taking the reigns at quarterback along with dynamic true freshman Deuce Vaughn starting at running back and a young and inexperienced offensive line up front.  The defense has been strong and special teams have been solid as well, which has all helped K-State go undefeated in conference thus far. I know it's early, but I was looking at the Big 12 team stats and it's interesting to note that Iowa State and Oklahoma State are number one and two i

From The Couch - Byron Pringle Makes News With A Big Catch Against The Bills

  Byron Pringle made a big catch in the Chiefs game against the Bills yesterday and the comments of Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid after the game also made some headlines that ended up being positive for Kansas State.  Let's take a look... "The biggest gainer of the Chiefs’ 26-17 win over the Bills in Buffalo came on Patrick Mahomes’ 37-yard pass to receiver Byron Pringle. You could argue it was the most important play as well. The Bills had just cut the Chiefs’ lead to six points, and Kansas City faced a third-and-12 play with 4 minutes, 24 seconds remaining in the game. That’s when Mahomes connected with Pringle, the former Kansas State player:" ...Pete Grathoff, KC Star, 10/19/20 JM:  Pringle ran wide open across the middle on this pass play and made the catch to help seal the game for the Chiefs.  This led reporters to ask both Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid about the play during the post game press conferences. “I’ve always thought highly of Pringle. He comes in

K-State Football Number 20 In AP Poll, 19 In Coaches Poll

 K-State is number 20 in the AP Poll and number 19 in the Coaches Poll this week....

From The Couch - Thompson Done For The Year, Youngblood Out, Basketball Notes

Photo via Tribune News Service “Skylar’s done for the year,” Klieman said. “He had surgery last week on an upper-body injury. Unfortunately, his season is over with. But we’re going to rally around Will Howard and Nick Ast.” ...Ryan Black, Manhattan Mercury, October 12th, 2020 JM:  And with that announcement, Will Howard takes over as K-State's starting quarterback. Many questions remain.  Will Skylar return next season?  He has an extra year of eligibility due to Covid 19.  My gut says that he will.  If he does, K-State will be stacked at quarterback with Thompson, Howard and incoming four star freshman Jake Rubley.  Speaking of Rubley... "Valley QB Jake Rubley lost his appeal and is likely done for the year. Rubley is Kansas State commit who moved here over the summer with his family and played three games for Valley." ...Scott Reister, KCCI Des Moines, October 9th, 2020 JM:  Rubley moved to Des Moines so that he could play his senior season because of Covid restricti

From The Couch - K-State Moves To 3-0 In The Big 12 With Victory Over TCU

    K-State entered the TCU game yesterday as nine point underdogs and were able to pull off a 21-14 upset.  It took a defensive stand at the end of the game to seal the victory.  It was a nail biter, but a big win for the Wildcats.  Let's dig in and take a look at some of the details. “We got the win,” (Will) Howard said afterward. “That’s always what matters to me. I’m happy as heck that we got the win, but there’s a lot to clean up. You all know that, we all know that. It was far from perfect, but like I said, we got it done.” ...Drew Davison, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram JM:  Howard was efficient enough in this game to get the win.  His 80 yard run in the first quarter set up a K-State field goal to put them up 3-0.  His numbers were far from gaudy.  8/19 passing for 117 yards and an interception.  13 rushes for 86 yards and a touchdown.  Take away that 80 yard run and it shows that he ran a LOT for little yardage. "Facing a third-and-1 from the TCU 48 with 1 minute, 19 seco

From The Couch - Cats Move To 2-0/Skylar Thompson Injured/We Have Deuce Vaughn And You Don't

    K-State improved to 2-0 in the Big 12 conference after a 31-21 victory over Texas Tech in Manhattan yesterday.  One major story line coming out of the game is the injury to starting quarterback Skylar Thomspon.  He was seen wearing a sling on his right arm in the second half. "Here are the hits that knocked Skylar Thompson and Alan Bowman out of the game. Dirty or nah? — John Kurtz (@jlkurtz) October 3, 2020" JM:  Granted I wear purple colored glasses, but the hit on Skylar Thompson by Texas Tech linebacker Riko Jeffers looked like a clear targeting call.  He led with his helmet right into Skylar's left shoulder/head area.  Skylar must have hurt something in his right arm or shoulder after he was driven into the ground.  The hit by Khalid Duke on Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman, which knocked Bowman out of the game as well, looked like a legit tackle on a pass rush that happened to get him low in the legs.  With the starting quarterback o

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