April 22, 2006

White outlasts Purple in annual Spring Game

Kansas State's 2006 Spring Game had to be considered a success on virtually every level. The Wildcats didn't appear to suffer any serious injuries, got solid play out of a number of quarterback candidates, and, perhaps most importantly, attracted a crowd of 31,875 to Bill Snyder Family Stadium to witness the White squad pull out a 21-14 win over the Purple Saturday night.

The White jumped out to a 14-0 lead before the Purple eventually tied the score at 14 heading into the fourth quarter. The deciding touchdown came early in the final period when senior quarterback Allen Webb hooked up with senior wide receiver Yamon Figurs on a 47-yard touchdown strike.

Although the play was sloppy at times, which is to be expected in a Spring Game, first-year head coach Ron Prince was happy with what he saw.

"I was very pleased with the contact level. I thought it was important for our quarterbacks to be in situations where it was live and they were able to be hit. There are a lot of positives here," Prince said. "I thought the coaches, trainers, everybody involved did a terrific job of getting the players ready. From an organizational standpoint, I thought we got a lot done."

Prince would later mention that he was specifically pleased with quarterback Dylan Meier, who led the White squad to a touchdown on its first drive. Meier opened the possession with a 21-yard run and eventually capped off the drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Donald Raymer.

It was the first official activity for Meier since the 2004 season, as he missed all of the 2005 campaign after undergoing shoulder surgery.

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