MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Jesse Ertz threw two touchdown passes, Winston Dimel added two touchdown runs and Kansas State beat Missouri State 35-0 on Saturday night in a game called at halftime as lightning lit up the skies around Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
With rain having already lashed the area and more lightning on the way, Kansas State (2-1) made quick work of the overmatched Bears (2-1). The Wildcats jumped to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and added three more touchdowns by halftime to make it an easy choice to call the game complete.
Ertz was 7 of 8 for 94 yards with TD passes to Byron Pringle and Dominique Heath, and the junior quarterback also ran for 85 yards on just three carries in a Collin Klein-esque performance.
Brodie Lambert and Michael Briggs were a combined 3 for 12 for 24 yards with an interception, and Missouri State only managed four first downs and 54 yards of offense in the first half.
Missouri State: The Bears don’t have to play anymore Football Bowl Subdivision opponents. And they got a nice paycheck for their trip to Manhattan.
Kansas State: The Wildcats once again dominated on defense. They have not allowed an opponent to gain more than 300 yards in their first three games.
Missouri State: The Bears begin Missouri Valley Conference play at Indiana State.
Kansas State: The Wildcats open their Big 12 schedule next Saturday at West Virginia. The Mountaineers have yet to defeat coach Bill Snyder’s team since joining the league in 2012.