Kansas State moved to 2-0 on the season after beating Missouri 40-12 on Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
After a strong opening drive for Mizzou that went 11 plays and 44 yards and ended in a field goal, Missouri’s offense fluttered throughout the game after the strong first drive. On four consecutive possessions in the second half, Mizzou’s quarterbacks, Brady Cook and Jack Abraham, were intercepted by the Kansas State defense. Safety Cincere Mason intercepted the fourth pass, his second interception of the season.
Despite four turnovers, three of which occurred in Tiger territory, Kansas State was only able to convert for 13 total points. Kansas State’s only touchdown of the four interceptions came on Deuce Vaughn’s 25-yard run to the end zone, his second rushing touchdown of the day.
Defensively, K-State’s forward seven dominated most of the game by limiting Mizzou’s offense to just 94 rushing yards in the afternoon. The Tigers’ leading rusher was Cook, who finished the game with 56 rushing yards.
In the secondary, the Wildcats held former five-star recruit Luther Burden to a total of nine yards from scrimmage. Burden had a costly knockdown over the middle of the field in the first half, which could have helped the Tigers gain momentum offensively.
Wildcat wide receiver Phillip Brooks had an impressive day against his home state team, helping the Wildcats with 57 receiving yards on three receptions. Brooks also returned a 75-yard punt for a touchdown.
Kansas State’s passing attack, for the second week in a row, was not very inspiring. Last week against South Dakota, starting quarterback Adrian Martinez had 53 passing yards and against Mizzou, he finished with just 101 passing yards.
On the ground, Martinez was impressive with 52 yards rushing on 13 attempts, including a 16-yard run to the end zone to put Kansas State up 14-3 with 13:29 left in the second quarter.
Running back Deuce Vaughn led Kansas State’s offense with 145 rushing yards on 24 attempts with two touchdowns. Vaughn’s elusiveness has been impressive in the first two weeks of the Wildcat season. His longest run of the game was 29 yards and he averaged six yards per carry in the Wildcat win.
linebacker Austin Moore performed well for the second week in a row. more finished the game with six tackles, including a team-high two tackles for loss. Moore’s play in the first two weeks has had an anchoring effect on the Wildcat defense. While Moore was not involved in any of the Tigers’ four interceptions, he did an effective job running the middle of the field and helping control a diverse Missouri running game that features plenty of fast breaks and stretch plays with the occasional jet sweep. also.
chris tennant he has struggled the first two weeks kicking the ball for the Wildcats. For the second week in a row, Tennant missed a PAT and also missed a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter. Tennant also missed a field goal last week against South Dakota.
However, Tennant converted field goals of 35 yards and 37 yards in the win over Mizzou to help Kansas State improve to 2–0 on the season.
Kansas State looks to be going 3-0 next week when they wrap up their non-conference game against Tulane at Bill Snyder Stadium. The Green Wave started the season 1-0 with a 42-10 victory over UMass. This week, Tulane hosts Alcorn State and appears to be 2-0.