It’s perfect. With this layup against Nicholls, and next week’s game against Bowling Green, there’s time to get Chris Klieman’s offense and style in place. There was plenty of work for the backups, there was a strong rotation, and the explosion was there from the start. Holding the ball for over 41 minutes looked like Kansas State is supposed to.
Ball State transfer RB James Gilbert looked the part with 115 yards and a score, but the entire team averaged 6.2 yards per carry with 361 rushing yards. Skyler Thompson took target practice hitting 16-of-22 passes for 212 yards and a score, and there weren’t any big mistakes.
The only possible issue? There wasn’t any pressure whatsoever. There weren’t any sacks and just a few plays behind the line. It was fine – there was no need to sell out – but doing more to push the backfield would be nice.
So … who’s the starting quarterback going forward? Short answer – not sure. Alex Delton struggled a bit, completing 10-of-22 passes for 119 yards, but he led the team with 67 rushing yards. Max Duggan hit 16-of-23 throws, but he didn’t make the offense rock. It’ll be a work in progress before dealing with Purdue in a few weeks.
Yeah, the running game came up with 200 yards, and there was a bit of pop to the passing game against an overmatched performance, but this was hardly the game the O needed after so many issues last season. This was never going to be an interesting game, but the attack fizzled way too often.
There were two turnovers, but there weren’t a whole lot of other mistakes. The Horned Frogs were flagged once, the defense got off the field in a hurry, and the pressure was there. It all needs to be tweaked, but the D will be fine for the Boilermakers.
It wasn’t even as close as the score. This was Texas showing off the attitude that it’s not just going to take games lightly. The Longhorns were able to get up easily thanks to a massive day from Sam Ehlinger, and the lines destroyed Louisiana Tech all game long. Now it’s time to gear up for LSU, and after just one week, Texas looks ready.
Ehlinger cranked up the stats, throwing for 276 yards and four scores and running for 34 more yards. The O line shoved the Bulldogs all over the place for Keontay Ingram and the ground game, but the passing attack took over early on. Ehlinger was able to spread the ball around, partly because he got a whole lot of time to work.
Don’t get hung up on the secondary giving up 340 yards. Louisiana Tech was down 38-0 going into the fourth quarter, and the Bulldogs just threw and thew some more – and Texas was ready. The Longhorns played around with their alignments and showed a whole slew of different looks, and it all worked. All the Bulldog production came when the game was well out of reach.