After coming up short in second half, K-State football talks highlights from Texas game

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Junior defensive end Kyle Ball attempts a tackle on Texas wide receiver D'Shawn Jamison during the game against Texas on September 29, 2018, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. (Sabrina Cline | Collegian Media Group)

It was a tale of two halves for the Wildcats on Saturday in a 19-14 defeat against No. 18 Texas.

Despite the loss, the Kansas State defense held the Longhorns to ten offensive points and shut Texas out in the second half.

In the post-game press conference, Bill Snyder praised the defense for their play against Texas.

“I was very proud of the defense, I thought they did play pretty well. The biggest problem we had in the first half was our third down conversion rate,” Snyder said.

The Longhorns were five of eight on third down in the first half and finished the game 8 of 14 of third down.

After going into the half down 19-0, it was an entirely different ballgame as the Wildcats came out of the half with a whole new mentality.

“In the second half, I thought we were better on third downs but at the end of the day we just could not get the breaks put on when we absolutely needed it,” Snyder said.

Reggie Walker talked about what changed at halftime for the Wildcats

“We came in at halftime rallied together as a team got everything together and came out with a different mentality than we did in the first half,” Walker said.

Walker recorded two sacks for a loss of ten yards.

The offense came out hot of halftime, which junior defensive tackle Jordan Mittie said the defense fed off of.

“When you see the offensive guys pumped up, that translates to the defense,” Mittie said.

Eli Walker played extremely well for the Wildcats with a career-high eleven tackles including one tackle for a 14-yard loss.

Walker’s 11 tackles were the most by a Wildcat in a single game this season.

The Wildcats will play next Saturday against Baylor in Waco.

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