Mississippi State’s strong offensive showing breezed past an unprepared K-State

Kasnas State redshirt junior linebacker Da'Quan Patton lunges to tackle Mississippi State's senior quarterback Nick Fitzgerald after Fitzgerald threw an incomplete pass. Kansas State played Mississippi State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday, falling to the Bulldogs 31-10. (Olivia Bergmeier | Collegian Media Group)

After a dissapointing game against South Dakota, K-State seems to still be struggling in all aspects of the game. In particular, the Wildcats didn’t seem prepared for the offensive matchup between Mississippi State.

While coach Snyder said that their linemen were going to be “big and aggressive” during Tuesday’s press conference, the Wildcats did not seem ready to handle the Mississippi State offense.

The Wildcats allowed the Bulldog offense to earn 154 passing yards and 384 rushing yards for a total of 538 yards compared to K-State’s 213 yards throughout the game.

Redshirt freshman defensive end Wyatt Hubert seemed disappointed with how the defense played in today’s matchup.

“We lost the game not because they were better but because we were just really undisciplined,” Hubert said. “We weren’t being disciplined in our zone reads and we just couldn’t stop the run.”

Reggie Walker, junior defensive end, couldn’t have agreed more with Hubert.

“We did improve from last week, but were not perfect and they executed on what we did wrong,” Walker said.

Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorehead thought that their offense played very well.

“We have to work to maintain our productivity and explosiveness while increasing our efficiency and completion percentage,” Moorehead said.

I think where the Wildcat’s struggled defensively was from the fact that they hadn’t seen Nick Fitzgerald play yet this season after being suspended for one game for a violation of team rules.

Fitzgerald capitalized on K-State’s unorganized defense through the rushing yards that the team earned throughout the game. Moorhead said that “you want it to be 50-50, but when it gets to a point where one phase of the game is taking over and performing very well we will continue to ride it out.”

Fitzgerald credited the run-heavy offense to the fact that he wasn’t “throwing the ball well and that his offensive line did an incredible job creating holes.”

In order for the Wildcats to be more successful on defense, they will need to clean up their game both offensively and defensively.

Coach Snyder seemed disappointed during the post-game press conference because the blitz packages that Mississippi State used during the game were identical to what the Wildcats had seen on film and had practiced.

“We had executed very well during the course of the week but that didn’t happen that often today,” Snyder said.

While the Wildcats still seem to have some disconnect on offense and defense, they will have another chance to redeem themselves next Saturday against University of Texas at San Antonio for their third home game. The Wildcats will kick off at 3 p.m. and can be seen on FSN.

Hi, I'm Molly Hackett and I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in broadcast journalism in May 2020. When I worked for the Collegian, I had a variety of different jobs, including managing editor and sports editor. Additionally, I served a one year term on the Collegian Media Group Board of Directors. I also worked for KKSU-TV and appeared as an anchor on MHK All Day during my final semester at K-State. In my free time, I like to spend time with the people closest to me, travel, drink coffee and take naps.