Kansas State quarterback Jesse Ertz scores during the second quarter against Texas in Manhattan, Kan., on Saturday October 22, 2016 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kansas. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN.

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At the half: Aside from one big play, this one has been all Wildcats

Posted October 22nd, 2016


It’s halftime in Manhattan.

Kansas State is leading Texas, 21-7.

Let’s play some first-half catch-up:


Texas won the opening toss, and deferred to the second half. Kansas State took its opening drive down the field in methodical fashion, taking advantage of a Breckyn Hager offsides penalty on third down that turned the drive from a potential field goal into a touchdown.

The Horns’ first drive? A punt.

The Wildcats’ next drive? Another long one, ending with quarterback Jesse Ertz’s second touchdown run of the game.

After that, the Longhorns’ defense settled down. And Texas struck in quick fashion on Shane Buechele’s 80-yard pass connection to Devin Duvernay down the right sideline — Texas’ longest play of the season.

The stats:

Kansas State has 244 yards of total offense. Texas has 162. The Longhorns are being outrushed, 97-55, and outpassed, 147-107. Kansas State has 19 first downs on the day; Texas has six. Texas is 0 for 3 on third down conversions, compared to Kansas State’s clip of 4 for 7.

Kansas State has run 46 plays. Texas has run only 19. And the Wildcats have had the ball for 23:18, compared to Texas’ 6:42.

Buechele is 4 of 6 for 107 yards and a touchdown. D’Onta Foreman has 10 carries for 58 yards.

The scoring:


Kansas State: Jesse Ertz 6-yard run (Matthew McCrane kick), 9:23

The drive: 9 plays, 68 yards, 5:37

The key play: Breckyn Hager was flagged for offside on third-and-1 at the 15.


Kansas State: Ertz 19-yard run (McCrane kick), 13:32

The drive: 16-80-7:23

The key play: Bill Snyder went for it on fourth-and-1 at his own 29. And it worked. Ertz got the short conversion.

Texas: Devin Duvernay 80-yard pass from Shane Buechele (Trent Domingue kick), 4:03

The drive: 2-90-:20

The key play: The score was it. But it should be noted that Sterlin Gilbert called for a nifty fake receiver screen on the play; the Wildcats bit on it as an open Duvernay streaked down the sideline.

Kansas State: Bryon Pringle 8-yard pass from Ertz (McCrane kick), :09

The drive: 9-75-3:54

The key play: Bryce Cottrell was flagged for a late hit on Ertz. The touchdown pass came on the very next play.

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