Archive for Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder: KU better than numbers suggest

Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder meets the press in this 2009 file photo.

Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder meets the press in this 2009 file photo.

October 18, 2011


Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder isn’t interested in hearing about how bad the Kansas University defense is or how poorly the Jayhawks have played through the first six games of the season.

He’s not buying it.

“I think they’re a far better defensive football team than anyone would care to give them credit for,” said Snyder, whose 12th-ranked and undefeated Wildcats will take on KU at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium. “You sit down and watch them play, and you see that.”

Snyder, whose team improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big 12 with a 41-34 victory at Texas Tech last week, said the lopsided statistics that place the KU defense dead last in the country can be a little misleading.

“A lot of people would suggest that they have had some trouble defensively,” Snyder said of the Jayhawks (2-4, 0-3). “And the numbers would tend to reflect that. But you go back and look at who they’ve played against, four of the teams on their schedule are in the top 10 nationally as far as total offense.”

Oklahoma State (second, 551 yards per game and 38 touchdowns), Oklahoma (fourth, 547, 33), Texas Tech (sixth, 534, 34) and Georgia Tech (ninth, 517, 41) are those four teams, with Northern Illinois, which KU beat, not far behind in 17th.

“It’s not unique for them to have yardage on them when you consider those teams,” Snyder said.

While the offensive strength of KU’s opponents serves as a good excuse for its defensive struggles thus far, that reason won’t work this week against Kansas State. The Wildcats, though unbeaten, rank 94th in total offense and average just 336 yards per game. KSU ranks 114th (of 120) in passing offense and 25th in rushing offense.

Although those numbers indicate the KU defense may be in for a better performance, Snyder was quick to point out that his team has won its last three games despite being outgained on offense.

“I’m not sure that statistics win ballgames for you,” Snyder said. “I don’t think many coaches really believe in that.”

The Kansas offense, which ranks 41st nationally, gains on average 89 yards per game more than the Wildcats. Snyder said the Jayhawks could create problems for the Wildcats’ defense, which ranks 37th nationally.

“Offensively, they’re a very balanced football team,” Snyder said. “That makes them even harder to defend.”

Although KU has scored seven more touchdowns (26) than Kansas State during the first six weeks of the season, the Jayhawks have managed just six TDs in the past two weeks. Still, Snyder said his club would take the Jayhawks seriously this week. And not just because it’s a rivalry game.

“If you watched them play Oklahoma, you’d see that this is a continually improving football team,” Snyder said.

Tim Biere on watch list

Senior tight end Tim Biere has been named to the John Mackey Award’s midseason watch list, the Nassau County Sports Commission announced Monday.

Biere, who leads the Jayhawks with 21 receptions, has recorded a career-best 246 yards and one touchdown in six games.

The Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top tight end, will be presented on Dec. 8. The list of 25 midseason finalists will be narrowed to semifinalists on Nov. 14 and again to finalists Nov. 21.


Larry Evans 6 years, 8 months ago

What Snyder is saying is that KU needs some coaching .

parrothead8 6 years, 8 months ago

That is an inaccurate summation of his words.

DRsmith 6 years, 8 months ago

Well the numbers suggest KU really sucks...and they really do. Old man is off his rocker.

jesse499 6 years, 8 months ago

That old man is so far off his rocker he hasn't lost a game yet!

newmedia 6 years, 8 months ago

Coach Snyder always knows how to praise you in the media and then kick your rear on the field! Hope the Hawks are able to at least scare the Wildcats a little on Saturday.

kujayhawk 6 years, 8 months ago

Snyder hasn't kicked anybody's rear except Kent State this year. Outside of Kent State, they've won by 3, 4, 1, 7 and 7. He deserves a ton of credit, because they should probably be 2-4 right now.

supersonicf111 6 years, 8 months ago

Not a big Snyder fan, but he's no fool!

He sure as hell isn't going to give KU anything to post up in the lockeroom to motivate the boys!

Gonna be win number 7 for them and another loss for us.

bleednpurple 6 years, 8 months ago

Watch out folks. I'm buying what Coach Synder is selling and that is being proven week in and week out. Time of Possession and Not the flashy offenses that put up huge numbers like: Baylor, Texas Tech, OU Sooners and perhaps OSU Cowboys. KSU just might be the spoiler to the Oklahoma teams this year. Fantastic Job Coach Synder..GO WILDCATS GO!!! Have fun along the way. KSU 38 KU 28

hbjayhawk 6 years, 8 months ago

I never liked Snaggletooth Snyder, but I have to say that he has worked magic once again. When he returned to KSU, it was like the Walking Dead visited Memorial Stadium. Why is he so successful in that cow pasture and we can't figure out how to play with a much better stadium, school, and fan base? I wish we had someone who could pull off some Snaggletooth magic in Lawrence.

greenworld 6 years, 8 months ago

I think Ku will blow Kstate away. Early prediction, hope im right. Last yr was the worst game as a Ku fan that I have ever been to. I think Ku is ready for a breakout game. There will be a party brewing in Lawrence Ks after this game is over. If not we can always drive to aggieville and party, either way a party somewhere.

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