Oct 6, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks players line up against the Kansas State Wildcats during the game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-US PRESSWIRE

Staff Roundtable: What Was the Reason for Kansas' First Half Success?

Kansas got off to a nice start against the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday. The Jayhawks took the lead in the first quarter on a Dayne Crist pass to Tony Pierson and then took the lead again in the second quarter before the Wildcats reclaimed a 21-14 lead at halftime.

Dayne Crist looked very good in the first half of the game against Kansas State. He had a touchdown early in the game and did not throw an interception until the last Kansas drive of the half.

Kansas State also didn’t have their “A” game in the first half. According to ESPN, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said “I think they were angry as much as anything, which is probably the best mental approach and emotion they could have in that situation.”

What was the reason for Kansas’ first half success? Did the Jayhawks play well or did the Wildcats play poorly?

George: I would say it is a little bit of both. It took Kansas State a while to get going on Saturday. The Jayhawks were controlling the line of scrimmage in the first half, then something happened as the turnover bug hit them. Kansas State is a very good team who didn’t play like normal for the first half.

Ricky: Kansas State underestimated Kansas and Kansas “tried” to make them pay for it. I have to say that Dayne Crist played shockingly well on Saturday. For a second, I thought that we were going to see the Crist that many thought would be there since the beginning of the season. The only blemish on the stat sheet for Crist was the one interception at the end of the half.

However, football isn’t over after one half. The wheels really came off in the second half after the Kansas drive that ended in an interception on the KSU 2-yardline. I felt that after that moment we saw the same exact Dayne Crist we are all use to seeing game in and game out.

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