Archive for Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Marshall spoils day for Schwinn, KSU

September 24, 2003

Jeff Schwinn's second consecutive start as Kansas State's quarterback didn't have a happy ending.

The McLouth product lost two fumbles and threw an interception in the Wildcats' 27-20 non-conference loss to Marshall.

The senior completed 14 of 26 passes for 241 yards, but turnovers hurt his performance Saturday. With K-State driving deep into Marshall territory and holding a 7-0 lead, Schwinn fumbled a pitch on the Marshall 16. The Thundering Herd's Jonath Goddard scooped up the fumble and rumbled 84 yards for the touchdown.

Late in the game, trailing 27-20, Schwinn threw his first interception at the KSU 41 with 2:25 left in the game.

Marshall then missed a field goal on its next possession and Schwinn had one last chance starting from his own 29.

In six plays, Schwinn and the Wildcats drove to the Marshall 2, thanks in large part to a 33-yard pass completion to Darren Sproles. But on second and goal from the 2, the Wildcats were flagged for an illegal formation. On fourth and goal from the 6, Schwinn threw to Davin Dennis, but the pass fell incomplete.

"It was nerve-racking, but we have to step up to make those plays," Schwinn said. "It shouldn't come down to just that one play.

"Overall, I think we played not so well throughout the day. We need to go out and make corrections on those mistakes, especially on the ones that I make. I'm going to step up and lead and correct those mistakes."

Marshall ended Kansas State's 41-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents.

Senior starter Ell Roberson likely will be available for K-State's Big 12 Conference opener Oct. 4 at Texas.

"I'm quite certain that he will be," KSU coach Bill Snyder said.

K-State (4-1) and Texas (2-1) will play at 2:30 p.m. at Darrell K. Royal Stadium in Austin, Texas. ABC will televise the game regionally.

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