Kansas State football: death by 1,000 fouls

Guys, I’m sorry. I was shocked at how weak Kansas State Crime performance on Saturday. I’ll take a look at the pass match tomorrow, because it was a mess, but that shouldn’t matter against Tulane. K-State was supposed to be able to bully Tulane in a running game to the point where his (other) poor pass performance shouldn’t matter.

Instead, the Green Wave played K-State to a standstill at the front. Deuce put 81 yards on 20 buggies, for 4.1 yards per carry and without landing. This wouldn’t get it done for this crime. They need explosive plays in the running game because (He hands hands in the general direction of the midfielder) Everything that goes between my ears or Adrien Martinez’s shoulder (I’ll talk more about that in another article).

K-State’s offensive line is usually a symphony of violence. Everyone does their job, and everything mixes together to form a dominant and explosive running game. On Saturday, there seemed to be a little bug in every game that prevented the Wildcats from cutting big plays and getting into a beat.

I’m going to try to get into one of my fourth horrors this week, but I wanted to focus on a play that was a hit, but should have (or at least be) a huge wild cat play. Full credit to Tulane, they did every level 2 tackle, but had the chance to do those tackles due to the missed missions.

Too close, however, not close enough

Upon preliminary examination to replay from Saturday. KT Leveston had an uncharacteristically bad game. The huge left intervention was either a slow step in finding his mission or he missed his mission all together in multiple rounds. In this run, he advances at a slow pace, costing Deuce the opportunity to break something big.

a key

a crime
Green Box – left tackle (KT Leveston) and left keeper (Cooper Beebe)
Blue Box – Right Guard (Hadley Panzer)
Purple Chest – Tight End / Full Back (Ben Snot)

defense
Green Circle (DL) – Defensive Intervention
Green Circle (LB) – Weak Side Back
Purple Circle – Strong Side Line Player
Blue Circle – Defensive End / Outside Back

K-State is lined up at 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE), with Deuce in the pistol (lines up behind center in the rifle). They attack the front side B-gap (between the left interference and the left guard) in this play. I used colors to go along with the blocking task (my apologies if I’m colorblind, I’ll try to explain things too).

Left interference KT Leveston (green box) is the weak link in this play. He’s in charge of working on the combo block with Cooper Beebe (the green box) and then finding the weak quarterback.

Right goalkeeper Hadley Banzer (blue box) is responsible for tugging and getting the defensive end to stand (blue circle).

Tight end Ben Snott (purple box) comes across the formation to kick the strong side-back (purple circle) out of the hole.

So far, so good

a crime
Green Box – left tackle (KT Leveston) and left keeper (Cooper Beebe)
Blue Box – Right Guard (Hadley Panzer)
Purple Chest – Tight End / Full Back (Ben Snot)

defense
Green Circle (LB) – Weak Side Back
Purple Circle – Strong Side Line Player
Blue Circle – Defensive End / Outside Back

NB: There are a lot of things going on in a small area. I pull my markers as far off the court as possible to give you a better look.


The goal of the Leveston/Beebe combo block (green box) is for KT to hit the outer shoulder of the defensive line to give Beebe a better angle to close the defensive tackle, then go up to the second tier and find the weak side-back. The first part of the combo block should be fast. Cooper doesn’t need much help and KT is a tough guy. A quick hit on the outer shoulder from a defensive intervention should get the job done. This is not a double team, but it looks like a double team on this shot because KT is very involved in defensive intervention. He needs to find the already weak midfielder but he is stuck.

The Panzer (blue box) moves incredibly well for the goalkeeper, lining up at the end of the defensive side (blue circle) of the kick-off box.

Sinnott (Purple Chest) is a human bulldozer and is perfectly positioned to go around the edge and find a strong side-back (Purple Circle).

You’ll notice that this is a slow-moving path. I’ll talk more about this later, but the important thing to keep in mind is timing. Deuce doesn’t have the ball yet because Panzer and Cenote need time to get around.

Stuck… Stuck! related! (Not for a frozen light pole this time)

a crime
Green Box – left tackle (KT Leveston) and left keeper (Cooper Beebe)
Blue Box – Right Guard (Hadley Panzer)
Purple Chest – Tight End / Full Back (Ben Snot)

defense
Green Circle (LB) – Weak Side Back
Purple Circle – Strong Side Line Player
Blue Circle – Defensive End / Outside Back


KT (Green Box) is stuck in the combo block. At this point, he needs to close the weak side-back (the green circle). Instead, Labib offers help he doesn’t need. Defensive interference is already out of play and he’ll have to work his way through a half man/half grizzly bear Cooper Baby to get him back in.

Panzer (blue box) performs a textbook release block on the defensive end (blue box).

Sinnott (purple box) swings along, and is about to hit gap B and beat the strong side-back (purple circle) into the hole (black arrow).

Deuce has timed perfectly and is two or three steps behind Sinnott. Everything is set up on the front side for a big race.

Perfect front side, breech issues

a crime
Green Box – Left Intervention (KT Livestone)
Purple Chest – Tight End / Full Back (Ben Snot)
Yellow Dot – Running Back (Dios Fone)

defense
Green Circle – Weak Side Back
Purple Circle – Strong Side Line Player


KT (the green box) is still stuck and the weak side-back (the green circle) is still there. This is not the way the play is designed.

I’ve taken out the blue ticks, because Panzer has a defensive end on the prison playing side. Deuce (yellow dot) cuts his butt off.

Sinnott (the purple box) leads Deuce through the hatch. The strong side-back (purple circle) thinks he’s in a good place now. He is about to meet Mr. Sinnot.

Back to the rags, dear Deuce

a crime
Green Box – Left Intervention (KT Livestone)
Purple Chest – Tight End / Full Back (Ben Snot)
Yellow Dot – Running Back (Dios Fone)

defense
Green Circle – Weak Side Back
Purple Circle – Strong Side Line Player


The KT (green box) is lost at this point. He tried to reach the weak side-back (the green circle), he couldn’t reach him, and now he’s useless in this play. His job was to mark the defensive tackle and climb to the linebacker. Instead, he flagged the defensive interference, then continued to mark it. Defensive Intervention doesn’t do that play, but that’s Cooper Baby’s job.

Cenote (Purple Box) executes a textbook kick for the strong side-back. There is a breach in the Tulane line and Deuce (the yellow dot) is about to hit the gas.

Only one man to win!

a crime
Yellow Dot – Running Back (Dios Fone)

defense
Green Circle – Weak Side Back


I lost track of KT at this point. I think it’s about the green dot, but regardless, he doesn’t hold back the weak side-back (the green circle).

Deuce (yellow dot) is about to come out of the pack, his eyes on Tulane’s defensive back. If the defensive back is defeated (which I probably should have flagged, but it’s in the bottom left corner of the screen). He’s gone… but…


While Deuce contemplates how to embarrass the linebacker, and the defensive lineback hopes for divine intervention to keep him in the sporting center, the weak side linebacker (the green circle), who shouldn’t be in this play, holds Deuce by the leg.

Deuce was nearly able to speed up his unblocked linebacker, but Tulane’s players did an excellent job in every game, if nothing else, to get a piece of Deuce and slow him down for a deep safety cleanup.

second and tenth instead of 7


The weak side-back (Green Circle) clings to the dear life and shows up his friends to clean up. It’s now second and 10th (ironically, KT jumped 1st and 10th, making it 1st and 15th) rather than running Deuce Vaughn’s electrified and potentially downhill.

Finally

This is an example of how one person missing a job spoils the work of 10 other men doing their job. If KT reaches quarterback, this whole game could change on this load. Instead, she returned to the second and tenth assembly. This has happened more (by multiplayer, not just KT) than I care to mention.

The passing game was a sloppy diaper that fueled the trash fire, but the running game should be able to save the Wildcat against the Tulane. Instead, Tulane refused to allow K-State to bully them, and K-State did not implement the basics. You could get away with that against a team like Missouri, but a well-trained team like Tulane took advantage of every mistake.

I’m sure the movie review wasn’t fun for a few guys yesterday.