Late Surge Lifts K-State Over North Texas 35-21
MANHATTAN, Kan. — It took a few quarters, but the No. 15 Kansas State Wildcats finally pulled away from the North Texas Mean Green and won 35-21 on Saturday night at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
North Texas (1-2, 0-2 away) drew first blood with an 11-play 55-yard touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead.
K-State (3-0, 3-0 home) answered in a big way. Sophomore wide receiver Tyler Lockett ran the ensuing kickoff back 96 yards for a TD to tie the game at 7-7.
In the second quarter, the Wildcats were about to add to their lead until junior running back John Hubert lost a fumble on the Mean Green five yard line. K-State senior quarterback Collin Klein found junior WR Tramaine Thompson for a 38-yd TD pass before the half, and the Cats led 14-7 at the half.
North Texas opened up the second half with a 14-play 88-yd TD drive, but missed the PAT. K-State still led 14-13.
The Cats answered with a TD drive of their own. Klein again found Thompson in the end zone, this time for a 21-yd TD pass to give the Cats a 21-13 lead.
In the 4th, K-State took a 28-13 lead on a 6-yard TD run by Hubert. Klein sealed the game with a 1-yd TD run that extended the lead to 35-13.
Thompson finished the day with five catches for 102 yards and 2 TD’s. Klein threw for 230 yards, 2 TD’s, and an interception. Klein also had 11 carries for 85 yards and a TD.
K-State hits the road to take on the Oklahoma Sooners next Saturday night to open up Big 12 play.