No. 7 K-State's Quick Scores Sink Kansas, 56-16
Oct. 6, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas offense was unable to sustain long drives in the second half and No. 7 Kansas State needed only 30 plays to score eight touchdowns, as the Wildcats cruised to their fourth-straight Sunflower Showdown victory with a 56-16 Big 12 Conference win at Bill Snyder Family Stadium Saturday.
The Jayhawks (1-4 overall, 0-2 in the Big 12) accumulated nearly 22 minutes of possession in the first half and trailed just 21-14 at the intermission. However, three KU third quarter turnovers and 28 K-State points put the game out of reach. The Wildcats (5-0, 2-0) scored on drives consisting of six, four, three, four, one, three, two and six plays during the game.
Lined up as a slot receiver for majority of the first KU drive, Tony Pierson hauled in four catches for 46 yards on the opening possession, including a 19-yard touchdown reception, the first of his career, to give Kansas a 7-0 lead at the 7:24 mark of the first quarter. Dayne Crist methodically moved the Jayhawk offense 83 yards in 12 plays and converted a pair of third downs on an efficient initial drive.
Kansas State’s John Hubert rushed three times for 42 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown run, on the ensuing drive, as the Wildcats countered to tie the game, 7-7. Hubert finished the game with 101 yards on 10 carries and four touchdowns.
KU head coach Charlie Weis turned to his bag of tricks on the second Jayhawk drive. Kansas used a fake punt and a fake field goal attempt to keep the drive alive that culminated with a James Sims 1-yard touchdown plunge. The 15-play, 73-yard scoring drive fed a 14-7 KU lead with 13:23 left in the first half.
Once again, K-State responded quickly needing only four plays to go 65 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Collin Klein connected with Tyler Lockett on the 34-yard scoring play. Kansas was unable to move the ball on its third drive and was forced to punt. Once again, K-State moved the ball in chunks and went 60 yards in just three plays to take a 21-14 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Klein. The K-State signal caller rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 10 attempts. He also passed for a pair of scores and 129 yards.
KU had a chance to cut into the K-State lead, but Doherty missed a 24-yard field goal attempt to the left and stalled the Jayhawk drive with 1:53 left in the half. Kansas got another opportunity before the break to add some points, but Crist’s pass to Daymond Patterson was dropped and batted in the air. K-State’s Nigel Malone picked off the pass and returned it 55-yards to the KU’s 5-yard line with 16 seconds on the clock. Klein carried the ball to the left side and got to the 1-yard line, but KU’s Ben Heeney wrapped him up as time expired.
The Kansas offense went three-and-out to open the second half, and four plays later K-State broke the plane for a touchdown and a 28-14 lead. KU managed a safety at the 7:59 mark of the third quarter when Tunde Bakare tackled Hubert in the end zone. That proved to be the only bright spot of the frame, as the Wildcats scored 28 points and led 49-16 heading into the game’s final 15 minutes.
Crist completed 16 passes on 27 attempts and 189 yards, but threw three interceptions and one touchdown. Sims finished with 115 yards rushing on 28 carries, marking his first 100-yard game of the season and the sixth of his career.
Kansas returns to action next Saturday, when the Jayhawks return to Memorial Stadium to host Oklahoma State. The Big 12 Conference clash will kickoff at 2:30 p.m., and be televised on FOX Sports Net.
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