DJ Giddens Leads the Way as Kansas State Prevails Over UCF


By Larry Billinger

DJ Giddens stole the spotlight at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, leading the Kansas State Wildcats to a thrilling victory over the UCF Knights. With a final score of 44 to 31, Giddens showcased his talent and determination while securing the Wildcats’ first Big 12 Conference win of the season.

In front of an electric crowd of 51,912 passionate fans, Giddens, the dynamic running back, demonstrated why he’s one of the standout performers in college football. Coach Chris Klieman’s pre-game challenge to Giddens was met with unwavering determination as he ran hard, broke tackles, and displayed his versatility, making critical plays in both the running and passing game.

KSU Leading Players

1. DJ Giddens (Offense): Giddens, the star running back, rushed for an astounding 207 yards and proved to be a relentless force on the ground. His performance energized the crowd and set the tone for Kansas State’s offensive dominance.

2. Will Howard (Offense): Despite not being at 100%, quarterback Will Howard showcased his determination by leading the Wildcats with poise and composure. Howard’s ability to make crucial throws, especially in high-pressure situations, was vital to the team’s success.

3. EJ Thomas (Defense): Thomas, a defensive standout, played a key role in containing UCF’s potent offense. His ability to disrupt plays and make crucial tackles helped keep the Knights in check when it mattered most.

4. Daniel Green (Defense): Green, a force in the Wildcats’ defense, exhibited his prowess in both pass coverage and run defense. His ability to read the game and make impactful plays was crucial in securing the victory.

5. Noah Johnson (Special Teams): Johnson, a standout on special teams, made significant contributions in the field position battle. His consistency and precision in special teams plays played a crucial role in Kansas State’s victory.

KSU Lagging Players

1. Ryan Henington (Offense): Henington, a wide receiver, struggled to find his rhythm in the game. His inability to create separation and make catches hindered the passing game’s effectiveness.

2. Jay Harris (Offense): Harris, a running back, had limited impact in the game, failing to capitalize on opportunities. His inability to break tackles and gain positive yardage is an area that needs attention.

3. Devin Anctil (Special Teams): Anctil, the team’s punter, had a subpar performance, resulting in an unfavorable field position for the Wildcats at times. Improving his punting accuracy and distance is essential for the team.

4. Julius Brents (Defense): Brents, a cornerback, struggled in pass coverage, allowing UCF to gain significant yardage through the air. Tightening up his coverage skills will be crucial in future games.

5. Cooper Beebe (Defense): Beebe, a linebacker, struggled to tackle and fill gaps effectively. His role in run defense needs improvement to prevent opponents from gaining substantial rushing yards.

As the Wildcats reflect on their victory and address areas that require attention, they remain focused on their journey through the college football season. With determination and a commitment to improvement, Kansas State looks ahead to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in Big 12 Conference play against Oklahoma State. However, sit back and relax as next week is an off week for the Cats.

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