I saw some jaw-dropping quotes from some Kansas State players, and do not misunderstand—I admire what Bill Snyder has done with the Wildcats, yet cannot comprehend some of the reaching statements I read. Our center, Hroniss Grasu, was quoted by Register-Guard when talking about the Stanford game as, “I’ve been thinking a lot about the Stanford game. It pretty much went down to who was more physical. They were more physical than us,…we can’t make that mistake again because Kansas State plays very similar. It’s not anything complicated, they play really hard and they’re coached well.”
The Defensive Coordinator for Kansas State, Tom Hayes, was quoted again by the R-G as, “One of the things we believe in is being fundamental…” He went on to say, “Stanford is somewhat similar to us, in that they’re not a big pressure team. Doesn’t mean they don’t do it, but they don’t rely on it. They line up well, defeat blocks, tackle well in space, keep the big plays in front of them.”
Stanford had a perfect storm of great technique, some great schemes against us that we have explained on this site already, and tremendous athleticism. We had more missed blocks by Offensive linemen and Wide Receivers that night than any game in the last three years, and our response of blocking superbly the next week against Oregon State, I believe, is a better indicator of our offense.
“I know Stanford, and you sir, are not Stanford!”