October 30, 2006

Analysis: Cats benefit from balance

After one quarter of play Saturday, the course of the rest of the season for the Kansas State Wildcats looked like it was heading south. The Iowa State Cyclones scored 10 quick points and appeared to be on their way to their third-straight win over the Wildcats.

Then everything started to change. First, quarterback Josh Freeman directed the Cats on an 11-play, 85-yard drive that ended with a 19-yard field goal early in the second quarter. Then, Iowa State muffed a punt which K-State linebacker Brandon Archer covered at the ISU 15.

"Chris Singleton thought the ball hit Ryan Baum, and he was trying to recover it. Baum got knocked down and was yelling 'peter' let them know to get away from it. He was on the ground and (Singleton) didn't hear it," Iowa State coach Dan McCarney said. "He went and tried to recover it and he shouldn't have. It was a mistake that shouldn't have been made. The ball would have been ours when it stopped rolling. But Chris hit it and Baum thought he needed to get on the ball. It was a 70-yard play."

It was a field position swing of 77 yards and a momentum swing of larger proportions. K-State soon scored when Freeman tossed a 2-yard pass to fullback John McCardle and the rest of the game belonged to K-State.

Behind 10-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Wildcats won 31-10. The win moved K-State to 5-4 on the season and 2-3 in Big 12 play.

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