Whether it was the errant snap or several miscommunications, Kansas State’s offensive line didn’t play well enough for the Wildcats to win.
Against a Sun Belt opponent that came in as a double-digit underdog, Kansas State’s offensive line was thoroughly whooped. The Wildcats totaled only 91 rushing yards (2.3 yards per carry), while surrendering eight tackles for loss.
When Kansas State dropped back to pass, the line wasn’t much better. Arkansas State notched two sacks and pummeled Thompson throughout the game. The punishment took its toll, as Klieman noted postgame that Thompson’s mobility was compromised as the game wore on because of the hits he was taking.
It didn’t help matters when starting center Noah Johnson injured his right arm on the Wildcats’ first series of the game. Klieman tried to move right guard Ben Adler to center and plug Johnson in at right guard, but when it became clear that Johnson’s injury was too severe to play with, Klieman brought in backup center Hayden Gillum to take over snapping duties.
“We just did not block well enough,” K-State head coach Chris Klieman said. “We didn’t communicate well enough, and for us to be successful we have to be better up front, and those guys know that.”
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