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K-State’s Sams doesn’t see much time at QB in win over KU

Updated: 2013-11-30T22:54:21Z

By KELLIS ROBINETT

The Kansas City Star

— Kansas State stuck with its usual quarterback rotation on Saturday during the Wildcats’ 31-10 win over Kansas, starting Jake Waters and bringing Daniel Sams off the bench.

But the Wildcats didn’t use Sams much. He came in for one series in the first half and rushed for negative yardage in two carries. It was the second consecutive game he saw minimal playing time.

Afterward, K-State coach Bill Snyder suggested that might change in the bowl game.

“We needed to play Daniel,” Snyder said. “We just didn’t play him enough. That’s my mistake.”

• Senior safety Ty Zimmerman once again watched from the sidelines on crutches and kicker Anthony Cantele watched in street clothes. Snyder didn’t say when either play might return to the field, but he did address the team’s health as a whole.

“We could afford to be a whole lot healthier than we are,” Snyder said.

• Ryan Mueller ended his junior season with 61 tackles and 11 1/2 sacks. Those numbers will put him in the conversation for conference and national honors.

“They are team awards. It is a credit to all the guys who play with me,” Mueller said. “I would love to win every defensive award there is. That means my defense helped me in my success here. It is a credit to all the guys who helped me play.”

• Blake Slaughter made 14 of his 15 tackles in the first half.

“I saw the ball and hit the ball,” Slaughter said. “Coaches put me in the right position, and I just did the rest.”

To reach Kellis Robinett, send email to krobinett@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/KellisRobinett.

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