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Wildcats escape Baylor; lose in volleyball, soccer

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It’s been a mixed bag for the Wildcats this weekend.

NCAA Football: Baylor at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Football

Kansas State beat Baylor 33-20 in Manhattan yesterday, in a game that was too close to comfort and exposed the Wildcats’ weaknesses as much as an actual loss would have.

Jon Morse has more in the official BotC recap: Once you drop, you just can’t stop. The title references the coincidence of Byron Pringle’s name, the ad tagline for the potato chips, and the fact that everyone in the Kansas State receiving corps has a bad case of the drops.

Thanks to his receivers not being especially reliable, Jesse Ertz ended the game with the following stat line: 7/17, 119 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT. At least seven of those 10 incompletions from Ertz were the result of receivers just flat dropping balls that were thrown right on the money. Ertz also added 95 yards on the ground, but seemed unusually tentative running the ball. To speculate why requires more energy than any of us has at the moment.

The offense was woefully inconsistent, and Bill Snyder was almost uncharacteristically blunt afterwards:

We have two options. One is to get it corrected. Another is to get somebody else.

The defense graded out well, however. Picking up where they left off against Vanderbilt, the Wildcats on the defensive side of the ball showed both discipline and fire. Unfortunately, the few bad plays the defense had were nothing short of terrible: the unit gave up both a 74-yard touchdown run and a 70-yard touchdown pass. Several players were in a position to nab an interception, but it was only Kendall Adams who managed the feat late in the game.

The star of the day was Matthew McCrane. He was perfect on the day from 21, 23, 37 and 49 yards, and was the bright spot for an offense that got to the red zone but couldn’t punch it in. In the process, McCrane tied his own record for field goals in a game. He now has 234 career points, and could well surpass Jaime Rheem (252)., currently third all-time among Wildcat kickers.

Golf

The women’s golf team is currently in West Point, Mississippi, at the Magnolia Invitational. An 18-hole round began early this morning, and Kansas State is currently in seventh place at five over par (+5). Connie Jaffry is low Wildcat for this round. She’s tied for third at -1 through six holes.

Soccer

Kansas State soccer continued to make history, hosting the first-ever home Big 12 contest for the program against West Virginia. Unfortunately, despite a strong defensive effort, the Wildcats could not pull off a victory and dropped the match 1-0 to the ‘Eers.

The team played West Virginia to a scoreless draw through the first half, and it was until the 84th minutes that the Mountaineers finally broke through on an 18-yard shot from Carla Potillo.

Up next, the Wildcats will take on in-state rivals Kansas at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence on Friday. The match is scheduled for 7 PM.

Volleyball

Kylee Zumach had 14 kills on the night and surpassed the 900-kill mark for her career at Kansas State, but it wasn’t enough. The VolleyCats lost in straight sets (17-25, 12-25, 16-25) to #5 Texas in Austin.

Alyssa Schultejans added eight kills while Byrna Vogel had six and also hit a team high .308. Reilly KIllen had 11 digs and Sarah Dixon managed nine. Dixon also had 12 assists on the evening, joining Brooke Smith in double figures (13) in that category.

Next, the team will head to Fort Worth for a nationally televised match against TCU. First serve is scheduled for 8 PM on October 4th. The match will be available on ESPN2.