Kansas State drops opener in stunning fashion to North Dakota State
MANHATTAN, Kan. – A late rushing touchdown by North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen vaulted the Bison to an upset victory over the defending Big 12 champion Kansas State Wildcats on Friday night. Jensen’s score with only 28 seconds to play in the fourth quarter capped an 18-play, eight and a half minute drive for the win.
The Bison victory marked the fourth straight season that the defending FCS Champion has beaten an FBS team. In previous years the team defeated the Colorado State Rams, Minnesota Golden Gophers and Kansas Jayhawks.
Kansas State struggled to sustain to drives throughout the game. They finally broke through in the second quarter when quarterback Jake Waters found Tramaine Thompson for a 45-yard touchdown through the air.
The Wildcats scored 21 unanswered points on the Bison after initially falling behind 7-0, but ultimately couldn’t stop Jensen when they needed to. He finished the game with three total touchdowns, two passing and one rushing, while posting 164 passing yards.
The Wildcat rushing attack didn’t render much assistance; only gaining 40 yards on 23 rushes. John Hubert lead the team with 23 yards on 10 carries. The passing game carried the team, both Thompson and Tyler Lockett had 100+ yard receiving games and both scored a touchdown. Waters finished the game 21/29 for 280 passing yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions.
The Wildcats play again next Saturday again the Ragin’ Cajuns from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette at 6:30 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.