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Bill Snyder 'pleased' with Kansas State's win over West Virginia

Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder was impressed with defense in a victory that became an offensive explosion.

Justin K. Aller

Collin Klein's masterful day at quarterback might have overshadowed the Kansas State Wildcats' strong defensive effort in a 55-14 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday.

Head coach Bill Snyder said after the game he was pleased with the effort from his young players, and especially that of the defense that forced two interceptions from the usually mistake-free Geno Smith, according to the team's website.

"We played well and we played aggressively," Snyder said. "We pursued the ball. We had a relentless pass rush, so to speak. We got our hands on Geno (Smith), who by the way, regardless of score, is a talented quarterback."

Smith went 21-of-32 passing for 143 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The Wildcats held the prolific Dana Holgorsen offense to just 243 total yards on Saturday despite the Mountaineers averaging 352 passing yards each game.

Snyder also said that he was happy with how his team kept its focus throughout the game, which got out of hand early. Kansas State led 31-7 at halftime with the only touchdown given up coming on a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown by WVU's Tavon Austin.