It’s awesome what they’ve done here with the sustained success over time.
“Kansas State is a really, really good football team. There is a reason they are No. 19 in the country”.
On the field, nothing much went right for the 49ers (0-2).
Kansas State did not need any defensive touchdowns Saturday.
The Wildcats scored again on the first possession of the second half, on a 13-yard rush by Dalvin Warmack to increase the advantage to 45-7.
Coach Snyder seemed underwhelmed with Charlotte’s overall team performance during the conference.
“I don’t think that they played as well as they are capable of”, said Snyder. “I don’t know if it was traveling or what, but I know they’re a better football team than that”.
As far as the return game, though, K-State got in the end zone with defense.
“We definitely expect to score, ” Adams said. “He could have thrown it back on me for accidentally tackling him”. I broke on it and ran it in.
“On the fumble, they always coach us that if it’s borderline to go ahead and pick it up and run it in”.
K-State sophomore offensive lineman Tyler Mitchell lifts senior quarterback Jesse Ertz in celebration after a touchdown during the football game against the Charlotte 49ers at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on September 9, 2017. Brooks Barden came in in the second half and was 2-for-6 for 25 yards and an interception.
When your defense puts points on the board, it makes things easier for the offense. “Obviously making the pick-six in the first quarter was a big play”.
Saturday’s clash with K-State will feature former Wildcat defensive back Brad Lambert going against them. The 136 rushing yards in the first quarter established a tempo for the Wildcats as they were able to open up the offense later in the game, totaling 493 yards in the game.
Ertz wasn’t the only one that stood out, as safety Kendall Adams had two defensive touchdowns for the game.Adams had not made a touchdown since his high school years, and said that “it just felt good”. “I was pleased with our ability to run the ball against (a) scheme that was stacked against the run”. In all, five different Wildcats found the end zone on the ground including Alex Barnes, who led all players with 99 rushing yards. Klugh had a rough day in Manhattan, however, only completing eight of 19 passes for 33 yards and was picked off once. He scored Charlotte’s only touchdown on an acrobatic scramble, when he leaped over the defender at the goal line. The drive included three of the 49ers six first half first downs, but ended when Klugh’s backward pass/fumble was gobbled up by Adams and returned 46-yards for a touchdown. Sophomore Isaiah Zuber led the charge in receiving, bringing in a career high seven catches for 73 yards. Running back Mike McCoy put the cap on the scoring with a 15-yard run.