Run and Shoot: Kansas State Outplayed Missouri in the First Half

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Kansas State Outplayed Missouri in the First Half

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State is playing better than Missouri, but the Wildcats trail 21-18 at halftime.

Kansas State has outgained Missouri 248-145 in the first half. It controlled the clock 17:14-12:46. So how are the Wildcats behind?

Two KSU drives stalled inside MU's 10-yard line. Coach Ron Prince elected to kick two short field goals instead of going for it on two short fourth downs (fourth-and-1 in the first quarter and fourth-and-2 in the second).

Special teams' lapses cost KSU. It got two extra points blocked and surrendered a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

KSU also needs to stop beating itself. A fumble recovery in the first quarter was negated by a 15-yard penalty for illegal hands to the face. It didn't cost the Wildcats, however, because Missouri didn't end up scoring on the drive. In the second quarter, wide receiver Deon Murphy was wide open on a crossing route, but he dropped a pass, forcing a three-and-out.

Missouri has to stop Kansas State running back James Johnson and get the ball back in quarterback Chase Daniel's hands. Johnson carried the ball 17 times for 148 yards in the first half.

The Tigers get the ball to start the second half. If they score a touchdown, they'll be up 10 points without dominating the Wildcats.

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