Sunday Seconds: The Ugliest of Uglies Mike Tufano November 23, 2014 Features, Sunday Seconds photos from KStateSports.com It’s not easy to watch games sometimes. The ugliness seeps in and whether it’s win or lose, it can just be somewhat painful. We’re a few days removed now, but we felt it both in a football win Thursday night at West Virginia and a basketball loss Friday night at Long Beach State. Read also - Right on Kimball: K-State vs West Virginia The ugliness conversation has to start with the K-State run game. 1 yard. One. Uno. And it’s only that good because Jake Waters never got sacked. The run game has regressed as the season has continued from question mark to concern to dumpster fire. Ultimately you have to move the ball and score points. How you do it is irrelevant, but when was the last time you saw a team win a game with 1 rushing yard? It’s not going to happen again. If you can’t run the ball you better be able to pass. Jake Waters was pretty darn good in the game, throwing for 400 yards. Also ridiculously good… Tyler Lockett. But we’ve come to expect that. It was his 2nd straight game with 196 receiving yards. Barring something crazy, he’ll break the receptions record Saturday against KU. ReceptionsReceiving YardsReceiving TDs Needed Entering 201475 rec838 yds9 TDs vs Stephen F. Austin1 rec9 yds1 TD vs Iowa State6 rec136 yds0 TDs vs Auburn6 rec45 yds0 TDs vs UTEP4 rec84 yds0 TDs vs Texas Tech12 rec125 yds2 TDs vs Oklahoma6 rec86 yds1 TD vs Texas8 rec103 yds0 TDs vs Oklahoma State6 rec94 yds1 TD vs TCU11 rec196 yds1 TD vs West Virginia10 rec196 yds0 TDs Currently needs5 recBROKEN3 TDs Needs per game 1.67 rec/game1 TD/game More ugly… how about penalties? The team that was the least penalized in college football finished this game with 10 penalties for 102 yards. Where has K-State football gone? Some of the calls were fishy, but those went both ways. K-State usually wins because they don’t make mistakes. This week we won in spite of them. Also shocking… the red zone efficiency. 3 times the Cats had 1st & goal and came out of it with a field goal or less. The first drive of the game ended in a touchdown. And K-State’s offense was never in the end zone again. That punt return though… How good was Matthew McCrane? Yes, he had a blocked field goal. But he also had 4 makes. Without a doubt the winner of the game. The announcers said that Bill Snyder loves consistency from his kickers. Although I’m a bit unsure what coaches prefer that it be an adventure. McCrane broke Martin Grammatica’s record for most points by a freshman at K-State. Ugly as it may be, K-State extended their winning streak against West Virginia, who hasn’t beaten the Cats since 9 years before Bill Snyder was born. Read also - Right on Kimball: K-State vs Long Beach State Freaking Long Beach State. There’s not much good to say about this basketball game. The Cats were never in rhythm. They got behind early and then never really ran the offense. It was like they hit panic mode and couldn’t find a way out of it. They shot just 32.8% in the game. They weren’t getting great looks and threw up a lot of panic shots. What is supposed to be our great scoring duo of Justin Edwards and Marcus Foster was non existent Friday night. They combined for 2-23 and 7 points. We have yet to see the Marcus Foster we came to know and love last year. It certainly stands to reason he’ll be back to form soon, three games in it’s on the edge of being concerning. You want to look at a loss to a mid major like Long Beach State as knowing they played out of their minds, but they really didn’t. They were sloppy and turned the ball over 18 times. Both teams totaled 40 rebounds. K-State wasn’t outplayed. This was a game in which the Cats just flat out beat themselves. You don’t want to overreact too much to a non con game, but it certainly is scary headed into the Maui Invitational. Waiting there in the first round is a good Purdue team that has started the season 3-0 against some light competition. The women’s team had a nice 66-46 win at home against Hampton on Friday night. They blocked 10 shots in the game to start the season 3-0. They head to Mexico for their holiday tournament. It’s a round robin that will consist of games against UTEP, Santa Clara, and LSU starting on Tuesday. In volleyball last night, K-State started strong against an over-matched TCU team in the first set. They got it to set point, but TCU came storming back to get a set point of their own before the VolleyCats ended up taking it. From there they dominated the 2nd set and went on to finish the sweep with a close 3rd set. On the way Kylee Zumach set the record for kills by a freshman at K-State.