September 28, 2008

Game-at-a-Glance: K-State 45, Louisiana 37

Stop us if this sounds all too familiar. Kansas State receiver Brandon Banks did something electrifying for the Wildcats. Yes, four games into the 2008 season and it seems to be a repeating theme. The junior college transfer is fun to watch and he did it again in K-State's 45-37 victory over Louisiana on Saturday.



GAME AT A GLANCE







































Kansas State (3-1, 0-0 Big 12)

45


Louisiana (1-3, 0-0 Sun Belt)

37


Bill Snyder Family Stadium • Manhattan

Attendance: 45,558

Kickoff time: 2:35 p.m. • End of Game: 5:53 p.m.

Temp: 86 • Wind WSW 5 mph • Sunny

STATISTICS


KSU


LOU


1st Downs

30


27


Total Yards

470


509


Passing

272


174



Rushing

198


335


Penalties

5-29


10-86


3rd Down Conversions

6-11


9-16


4th Down Conversions

2-2


1-2


Turnovers

1


0


Possession

28:24


31:36


INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Kansas State
Passing: Freeman 21-28, 272 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Brown 29-137, TD
Receiving: Banks 6-127, TD

Louisiana
Passing: Desormeaux 14-27, 136 yds
Rushing: Fenroy 20-183, 3 TD
Receiving: Chery 7-80, TD

SCORING SUMMARY


FIRST QUARTER

KSU


LOU


LOU FG - 10:17 DREW EDMISTON 22 YD FG
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yards.

0


3


KSU TD - 3:55 DEON MURPHY 12 YD PASS FROM JOSH FREEMAN (BROOKS ROSSMAN KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 56 yards.

7


3


SECOND QUARTER

KSU


LOU


KSU TD - 13:43 JOSH FREEMAN 7 YD RUN (BROOKS ROSSMAN KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 81 yards.

14


3


KSU TD - 10:32 JOSH FREEMAN 15 YD RUN (BROOKS ROSSMAN KICK)


21


3


KSU TD - 3:43 DEON MURPHY 3 YD PASS FROM JOSH FREEMAN (BROOKS ROSSMAN KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 73 yards.

28


3


LOU TD - 0:43 TYRELL FENROY 15 YD RUN (DREW EDMISTON KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 90 yards.

28


10


THIRD QUARTER

KSU


LOU


LOU TD - 14:42 JASON CHERY 27 YD PASS FROM RICHIE FALGOUT (DREW EDMISTON KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 27 yards.

28


17


KSU TD - 9:48 LAMARK BROWN 3 YD RUN (BROOKS ROSSMAN KICK)
Drive info: 12 plays, 85 yards.

35


17


LOU TD - 3:21 MICHAEL DESORMEAUX 1 YD RUN (DREW EDMISTON KICK FAILED)
Drive info: 15 plays, 86 yards.

35


23


KSU TD - 1:49 BRANDON BANKS 53 YD PASS FROM JOSH FREEMAN (BROOKS ROSSMAN KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 82 yards.

42


23


LOU TD - 0:34 TYRELL FENROY 69 YD RUN (DREW EDMISTON KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 80 yards.

42


30


FOURTH QUARTER

KSU


LOU


LOU TD - 8:49 TYRELL FENROY 1 YD RUN (DREW EDMISTON KICK)
Drive info: 12 plays, 83 yards.

42


37


KSU FG - 1:37 BROOKS ROSSMAN 26 YD FG
Drive info: 17 plays, 73 yards.

45


37










"We knew there would be a quite a bit of time to sit and think and listen to all of the people that want to fill our heads with all kinds of things. The bottom line is we got the W and we're really thankful for that."
-- Kansas State coach Ron Prince






6,238

Career passing yards by Josh Freeman, most in K-State history


86
Consecutive home games since K-State allowed 500 total yards (No. 9 Colorado had 526 on Nov. 18, 1995)

7
Times in the last 9 games in which K-State has surrendered at least 31 points




Play of the game

It took a little while for wide receiver Brandon Banks to reach the end zone this time, but for the fourth straight game the 5-foot-7, 142-pound junior-college transfer proved himself to be Kansas State's best deep threat.



Banks darted downfield on a post route and caught a Josh Freeman pass at the 20-yard line in front of a defender that lost his footing and fell face-first just as Banks hauled-in the ball at shoulder length to his inside. Banks instantly shifted gears and used his 4.28 speed to outrace free safety Gerren Blount the rest of the way for a 53-yard touchdown reception with 1 minute, 49 seconds remaining in the third quarter.



It was the longest that Banks had gone without posting his first touchdown in a game.



"Brandon Banks is an important part of what we're doing," K-State coach Ron Prince said. "Ninety-three catches last year and however many catches he had this year, he's a good player and I know there's an awful lot made about his stature. We don't ever really think that much about that other than he's very fast and you can see he's very competitive. That's what you want football players to be."



Banks now has six touchdown receptions covering 30, 43, 36, 45, 59 and 53 yards. His six touchdown catches of 30-plus yards are the most since James Terry had seven touchdown receptions of 30-plus yards in 2003.



It took Terry 14 games to reach the mark that season.



Banks has played in four career games.



"Like I've been saying all season," Banks said, "I have something to prove and with the Big 12 coming up, I'm excited."



Jordy Nelson had five touchdown catches of 30-plus yards in his career and Yamon Figurs had four.



K-State had a combined seven passing touchdowns of 30 or more yards in the previous two seasons entering 2008.



Defining moment

This is not good.



For the second consecutive game, the K-State defense failed to maintain the sudden momentum the team gained from a quick scoring strike by watching an opposing running back go the distance on the ensuing possession.



Louisville responded to a Deon Murphy 86-yard punt return when Vic Anderson stormed 56 yards for a touchdown.



Well, after Banks' 53-yard catch-and-run score put K-State ahead 42-23 late in the third quarter against Louisiana, the defense failed again just 75 seconds later. And K-State fans, for at least the second time in the contest, let the defense hear about it by booing their effort.



This time, running back Tyrell Fenroy broke free on a 69-yard touchdown run, the first of 14 unanswered points that kept the Ragin' Cajuns close. Too close.



"Our offense keeps defenses on their toes," said Fenroy, who gouged K-State for 183 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns.



K-State didn't allow a running play to travel farther than 45 yards during all of last season.



It has now seen a touchdown run cover more than 55 yards in each of the last two games.



Injury report
OLB Antwon Moore went to the sideline with 3:49 left in the first quarter (hamstring) and did not return. … ILB Ulla Pomele limped to the sideline (right foot/leg) with 6:26 left in the third quarter. He returned to the game. … DT Gabe Crews was on the sideline in pads but didn't play… DT Xzavier Stewart wasn't on the sideline. … WR Adrian Hilburn wasn't on the sideline and wore a knee brace (left knee) after practice on Tuesday. … ILB John Houlik was activated but did not play after serving a three-game suspension. … OLB Josh Berard (ACL) will miss the season.



Key performers

QB Josh Freeman became the all-time leader in passing yards (6,238) by moving in front of Lynn Dickey (6,208, 1968-70) and had 35 career touchdown passes, moving in front of Chad May (34, 1993-94) into third-place all-time. Freeman has thrown 15 red zone touchdowns and no interceptions inside the 20-yard line in the last two seasons, the best rate of any BCS quarterback. … RB Lamark Brown had 137 yards on 29 attempts and one touchdown in his first career start and action at the position. … WR Brandon Banks had six catches for 127 yards and one touchdown, giving him the most consecutive games with a touchdown reception (four) since Jordy Nelson had a school-record streak of seven in 2005. … WR Deon Murphy posted his first two touchdown receptions of the season, a career high for a single game. … DE Ian Campbell had a career-high 11 tackles and now has 18.5 career sacks, moving past Tim Colston (18.0, 1992-95) into seventh place in school history. … DE Brandon Harold had career highs with seven tackles, 2.0 sacks, 3.0 tackles for a loss and one forced fumble. … SS Courtney Herndon had a career-high 10 tackles. … LG Zach Kendall made his first-career start. … DT Daniel Calvin had a career-high three tackles in his first-career start. … P D. J. Fulhage averaged 37.0 yards on two punts in his first-career start. … Safeties Tysyn Hartman and Rashad Harrell saw their first-career action on defense.



Notes

Legendary head football coach Bill Snyder and outgoing President Jon Wefald were honored on the field at halftime as the 2008 K-State Sports Hall of Fame induction class. … K-State won its 100th game in Manhattan since 1990 and improved to 52-3 against non-conference opponents at home during that span. … K-State is 14-1 against the Sun Belt and has won 11 straight against the league dating back to 1985. … K-State is 3-0 against Louisiana. … Louisiana is 1-15 all-time against the Big 12. Seventh-year coach Rickey Bustle is 0-6 against the Big 12 and was outscored 238-40 in the previous five contests against Big 12 opponents. … Bustle is 2-21 in non-conference road games. … DT Brandon Harold (American) and S Tysyn Hartman (Kansas) carried flags onto the field from the locker room.



Next up

Oct. 4: No. 10 Texas Tech at Kansas State, 2:30 p.m. ABC

Oct. 4: Louisiana at Louisiana-Monroe, 6 p.m.








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