Postscripts and reaction to UM's 52-13 loss at Kansas State:
### Al Golden, afterward on WQAM: “They beat us in all three phases. Outplayed us, outcoached us. We didn’t get the explosive plays we need on offense. We didn’t get off the field on defense. We never put any pressure on them. They got pressure on a four-man rush. We’ve got to do a good job leaving this here and moving on."
On the state of the program, Golden said: "We are trying to get back to where we want to be and the way you do that is with consistency. I know people want to wave a wand, and I don't know if some people thought after week one we were right where we needed to be.... We didn’t execute as well as we needed to do. That’s on me.”
### Tweets Saturday afternoon from several former Canes standouts: Clinton Portis: "We can't stop the run? This is some BS."... Warren Sapp: "We are getting roasted.".. Calais Campbell: "Man, this is embarrassing!"... Bernie Kosar: "Watching Canes game is real tough!!"... Reggie Wayne: "We need to get it together. #The U."
### You can certainly criticize defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio for his strategy, including soft zone coverage at times and having his cornerbacks play well off receivers at times. That’s very fair. But face it: Nobody is building a formidable defense with this personnel.
"We're going to look at everything tomorrow from a system standpoint and tackling standpoint and get it fixed next week," Golden said.
With Curtis Porter still out from an appendectomy, UM fielded its one of its worst collection of defensive tackles in years. On Saturday – when UM was outgained 498 yards to 262 – Darius Smith and the other tackles were obliterated by Kansas State linemen on several plays. Other times, they simply couldn’t disengage from blockers quickly enough. Smith had only one tackle. Unacceptable.
Olsen Pierre had seven tackles and forced a fumble but was handled on a bunch of other plays. Freshman Earl Moore also got a lot of work at defensive tackle – Golden said he needs to watch the tape to analyze how he did.
Besides Porter, UM also was missing Luther Robinson, who was left home after reportedly arguing with coaches last week. His presence might have made a bit of a difference, but Robinson was listed as a backup on the latest depth chart.
Anthony Chickillo made only one notable play: a sack late in the first half and finished with just two tackles. He obviously must do a lot more. "I saw Chickillo taking a couple plays off," WQAM host and former Canes defensive lineman Dan Sileo said afterward.
The other veteran defensive ends – Shayon Green and Kelvin Cain – have generated no consistent pass rush. (When Cain got close to to the quarterback once Saturday, he whiffed on the sack.) In Green's defense, he had eight tackles and a 19-yard tackle for loss. Cain had just one tackle all day.
Aside from SOME solid work from Eddie Johnson (who had seven tackles) – and a couple good plays from Denzel Perryman – the work of the linebackers generally ranged from ineffective to embarrassing. Much of the time, they were missing tackles or blowing coverage assignments or being blocked into submission.
During one five-minute stretch, linebacker Jimmy Gaines was beaten for a 59-yard catch-and-run by a K-State tight end, missed a tackle on backup quarterback Daniel Sams, and was blocked into another county on another play. Another linebacker, Tyrone Cornelius, struggled all day long and was annihilated at least a couple of times on blocks. Perryman was rendered helpless by a block on a TD run by Sams.
The cornerbacks didn't offer enough help in run support. Thomas Finnie was beaten for two passes early, though he also knocked away a pass in the end zone. Tracy Howard was beaten for a 23-yard reception. At least Brandon McGee had an interception, but long after the outcome was settled. It was just the second of his disappointing UM career.
The safety play has been mediocre at times, deplorable at others. Vaughn Telemaque, who left briefly with a knee injury, clearly doesn’t have the speed to help much in coverage against fleet receivers. At least Deon Bush forced a fumble, though he was carried by a K-State runner for several yards on another play.
### K-State's 52 points were the most UM has allowed in 167 games, since Syracuse scored 66 on the Canes in 1998.
### The UM offensive line – so effective against Boston College – was brutal Saturday, with numerous breakdowns in pass coverage and an inability to sustain blocks on running plays. UM ran for 40 yards on 29 carries (1.4 per attempt), compared with 288 yards on 60 attempts for K-State (4.8 yards).
Malcolm Bunche was beaten for at least one sack. Usually reliable Brandon Linder committed two penalties. Ereck Flowers left in the third quarter with an ankle injury. WQAM reported he was cleared to return but coaches instead decided to stick with Seantrel Henderson at right tackle.
### Stephen Morris was solid (19 for 26, 214 yards) but could have thrown the ball away a couple times instead of taking sacks and couldn't get his team in the end zone, though he didn't get much help. He also fumbled once when he was crushed by a K-State player. A Ryan Williams-to-Clive Walford pass accounted for UM's only touchdown.
### Duke Johnson had a 77-yard kickoff return, but otherwise had a forgettable game: two dropped passes (one that could have gone for a long touchdown) and 19 yards on six carries (3.2 per carry). He also caught two passes for 18 yards. Mike James finished with 27 yards on nine carries (3.0). Eduardo Clements had a key fumble early and closed with one yard rushing on four attempts.
### UM lost receiver Allen Hurns in the first half with what was reported as a head injury. Rayshawn Scott (four catches, 39 yards) and Phillip Dorsett (3 for 31) had some good moments. "But Dorsett and Scott need to play bigger," Dan Sileo said. "Who's our big wide receiver playmaker?"
UM's best offensive performer Saturday, aside from Morris, was tight end Clive Walford (three catches, 61 yards, one touchdown).
### Sileo said: "Either it's talent or talent not being coached right. What I saw against Kansas State was pathetic. Our front seven should be ashamed of themselves."
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