‘CATS, COFFMAN NEAR PERFECT

‘CATS, COFFMAN NEAR PERFECT

MANHATTAN, Kan. - For those K-State fans wanting Carson Coffman benched, they'll keep quiet at least for another week. The K-State senior quarterback accounted for five touchdowns Thursday night in a 59-7 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks. It was the second most lop-sided victory in the history over the rivalry.

The win also puts K-State at 5-1 on the year, which means it is just one game away from being bowl eligible.

The win was huge in many aspects for Kansas State, and in reality, the 52-9 final against the University of Kansas on Thursday was not as close as the score would indicate.

The Wildcats dominated the Jayhawks for the full 60 minutes of play moving to 5-1 on the year through the first half of the season. Coming off a 48-13 loss to Nebraska the week before, coach Bill Snyder said, "I think it says we're capable, but it would also say that consistency is an issue."

Carson Coffman was the definition of consistency on this night as the Wildcat QB accounted for a handful of touchdowns – two passing and three rushing – while he was completing 15-of-16 passing for 184 yards, plus rushing for 42 yards.

On those particular numbers, Snyder said of Coffman, "Pretty good. Yeah, he did all right." The much maligned Coffman thought he did all right, as well.

"I felt like I had a good game today, but the rest of the team did too," said Coffman. "I looked up at the scoreboard one time and we didn't have a whole lot of yards, but we did have a lot of points. That's the defense setting us up in good field position, and then we (offense) did the rest.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to run and pass the ball," said Coffman. "The coaches prepared us all week, and I think the offensive line did well, too."

On the play of Coffman, Snyder said, "I thought he played well. I thought he continued to improve his play."

When pressed further to assess Coffman's play, Snyder did add, "He probably played better tonight than at any other time during the season. You just continue to coach him the best you can, and try to encourage him to get better. But there was no magic pregame conversation."

For the Wildcats, the dominance was a welcome relief after being the victim of a beating just the week before by the Cornhuskers.

As Daniel Thomas said, "Last week we got embarrassed. This game showed we can come back from a tough loss and play focused and play harder."

Tight end Travis Tannahill added, "This felt 100 times better. This is definitely a lot better taste in our mouths than last weekend."

Coffman was masterful with his short- to mid-range passing game hitting eight different receivers which included four wide outs, two tight ends, a running back and a fullback. It was a night where Coffman threw it when needed, and kept it and ran when there was an opening, which included touchdown runs of eight, one and two yards.

Shy on big plays this season, K-State had plenty of those on defense with Jarell Childs recording a team-high 15 tackles, Ty Zimmerman returning a fumble 24 yards, and Stephen Harrison returning a fumble 85 yards for a touchdown, plus picking up one interception in the end zone and breaking up two other passes.

"We can be a big-play defensive team and I think we showed that tonight," said linebacker Alex Hrebec.

What the victory does for K-State is prove it can win on the road. The victory snapped an eight-game losing streak in true road games dating back to the 2008 season.

"This one lays the foundation for how we can play on the road for the rest of the year," said senior guard Zach Kendall. "We have four more road games that will be pivotal to our success this year. This is proof we can play winning football on the road."

Kansas State's next road test will be on Oct. 23 at Baylor in a 2:30 kickoff.

With a 5-1 record, K-State's magic number is one to become bowl eligible with six games to play.

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