Sunday Seconds: That’s An Opener Mike Tufano August 31, 2014 Features, Sunday Seconds There was that terrible 10-7 opener against Eastern Kentucky… and then there was last year. K-State fans know that a season opener can be up and down. It was great to see an up this year. Sure, Stephen F. Austin is a terrible team, and there were moments that raised some eyebrows, but overall, K-State rolled, the way it should, to a 55-16 win. Read also: Right on Kimball: K-State vs Stephen F. Austin K-State’s 55 points was the most scored in an opener since 2001. (64-0 vs New Mexico State). Let’s not make 2001 comparisons, though, please. K-State’s 478 total yards was the most since vs Oklahoma State in 2012 (481). That included 240 rushing yards. DeMarcus Robinson and Charles Jones both looked strong in the running back positions. Charles Jones made the most out of time spent running the Wildcat. DeMarcus Robinson was a surprise starter after Snyder said that Charles Jones would start during his press conference. Perhaps he was playing some head games with DeMarcus Robinson. CarriesYardsAverageTDsLongest DeMarcus Robinson11494.509 Charles Jones8556.9215 Quote of the Week Sophomore Running Back Charles Jones On the offensive rhythm… “I felt like we had a good rhythm tonight, especially since we switched running backs a lot.” When the running backs feel like switching it up between their talents brings a strong rhythm, that’s a great thing. Looks like there isn’t going to be much selfishness here. Tyler Lockett played only on the opening series. Rumors of very minor injury were swirling before the game, and he didn’t play because Bill Snyder “didn’t want him to.” So even when Snyder doesn’t want Lockett to play, he still gets a TD. The current Lockett watch: ReceptionsReceiving YardsReceiving TDs Needs Entering 201475 rec838 yds9 TDs vs Stephen F. Austin1 rec9 yds1 TD Currently needs74 rec829 yds8 TD Needs per game (assumes 13 total games)6.17 rec/game69.08 yards/game.67 TDs/game Opponent quote of the week Stephen F. Austin Head Coach Clint ConqueOn the mood in the locker room…“Everybody was disappointed. Obviously missed some self-inflicted opportunities, but I also have to give credit to Kansas State. They are a great physical football team. Anytime you play against a dual-threat quarterback and they do have the talented young backs, you make yourself susceptible to the quarterback run and a play-action pass and that hurt us defensively.” So Conque sees Waters a dual threat guy. Sometimes it takes a step back and an outside view to see how good you have it. Hopefully that minority that still inexplicably thinks Jake Waters hurts us in the run game can take notice. SFA QB Joe Mindon got a penalty for “shushing the crowd” after his TD run. That brought out some obvious comparisons to “the salute” and led to this tweet: @RealMikeT “And kids, that’s how I moved to Texas and started the Stephen F. Austin Shush Podcast.” — Tim Fitzgerald (@LifeofFitz) August 31, 2014 For the record, I have no plans to move to Texas. Elijah Lee got a start as a true freshman. As if that didn’t prove his ability enough he went out and got K-State’s first two sacks of the season. Because, why not? 2 teams ranked ahead of K-State in the AP Top 25 lost this weekend (#9 South Carolina and #14 Wisconsin). Don’t expect the Cats to advance, though. Both lost to ranked teams, and won’t likely fall far. SC’s loss was to Texas A&M who will almost certainly jump K-State in the rankings when they come out next. Last night’s opener was the 14th consecutive sellout for K-State and the 8th largest crowd in history. K-State Volleyball started their season at the Green Bay Country Inn & Suites Invitation, including a visit in the locker room from a purple clad Jordy Nelson. They swept Green Bay and South Dakota State 3-0, but then fell to a very good Arizona team 3-0. They’ll be back in action Thursday against Arkansas to start the Varney’s Invitational in Manhattan. As a special event, the matches will be held in Bramlage.