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Recapping a weekend of Kansas State sports

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

Football

Kansas State beat Charlotte 55-7 and it wasn’t even that close. As Jon Morse notes in his recap, the Wildcats so completely dominated the game that it was over by halftime.

The Wildcats were so utterly dominant that they only punted three times in the game, all in the second half when the game had already been put away. Kansas State held the ball for over 36 minutes and only allowed 168 yards of total offense.

If the previous game had been a coming out party for the Kansas State offense, this game was dominated by the defense. Other than one drived keyed by sloppy coverage on a kickoff that gave the 49ers a short field, the defense partied like it was 1999 (Kevin Haskin, Topeka Capital-Journal).

Kendall Adams was the breakout star of the day. He had an interception return and a fumble recovery for a score, equaling a feat last accomplished by Dyshod Carter in 1999. He also contributed to this astounding Kansas State football statistic: the Wildcats now have 109 non-offensive touchdowns, the most of any program in the country and well ahead of Texas, which is next with 93.

The team’s performance against Charlotte, though not unexpected, still graded out well ahead of the curve. The kick coverage is maybe a small blemish, but even that was only of concern in the one series that allowed the 49ers to score (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle).

Kansas State is 2-0, but not exactly the talk of the college football world right now. We can chalk it up to DISRESPEKT, of course, but that’s only because we know we’re pretty special. We see in our favorite team a reflection of ourselves . We are small town types (even those of us who aren’t) who—through discipline and diligence—often exceed expectations. We value substance over flash. We’re loyal. In other words, we’re Kansas State football and it is us (Ned Seaton, Manhattan Mercury).

Soccer

Kansas State made a bit of history in its 22nd match, a 3-1 win over Central Arkansas. Brookelynn Entz became the first player in school history to score multiple goals in a match. The other goal was scored by Morgan Mauck. The Wildcats now have a 5-game home unbeaten streak (4 wins).

The team is currently on the field, taking on Creighton. Tune to ESPN3 to watch it live.

Volleyball

The VolleyCats fought hard, staving off two match points, but the effort fell short and they dropped the weekend’s final match to Georgia Tech 3-2 (25-19, 16-25, 25-21, 21-25, 16-14). That was good enough for a second place finish at the Georgia Tech Invitational.

Four players had kills in the double digits: Alyssa Schultejans (19), Kylee Zumach (15), Macy Flowers (13), and Elle Sandbothe (11). Schultejans and Bryna Vogel were also named to the all-tournament team. Setters Sarah Dixon and Brooke Smith had 34 and 29 assists respectively, a career high for Smith.

Overall, the VolleyCats had 10 more kills and 10 more assists than the Yellow Jackets, but Georgia Tech did out-block and out-dig Kansas State down the stretch.

Up next, the team takes on UMKC on Tuesday night. First serve is scheduled for 6 PM, and the match will be available on KStateHD.tv.