After a slow start, the Kansas State Wildcats used a 35-point fourth quarter to bury the pesky Missouri State Bears 51-9 to win their 23rd consecutive home opener before a sellout crowd of 50,007 Saturday night at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
K-State built a 9-6 lead at halftime thanks to three field goals by Anthony Cantele. After Missouri State tied the score 9-9 early in the third period, Quarterback Collin Klein found Tramaine Thompson in the corner of the for an 18-yard touchdown pass. After that, the flood gates opened. Fullback Braden Wilson scored on a four-yard run and then Running Back John Hubert ripped off a 95-yard run for a touchdown. It was the longest rushing play for a score in the 44-year history of Bill Snyder Family Stadium breaking the previous record of 91 yards by Ell Roberson against Nebraska in 2002. After Klein hooked up with Chris Harper for a one-yard touchdown pass and then backup Quarterback Daniel Sams wowed the crowd with his speed on a 46-yard scamper for a score. The scoring was closed out when Thompson returned a punt 89 yards for the final touchdown of the night.
K-State will be right back in action next Saturday when they host Miami in an 11 a.m. kickoff at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Coverage begins at 7 a.m. with Powercat Gameday live on the west side of the stadium.
Meanwhile, for video highlights, interviews and features from the win over Missouri State go to www.powercatgameday.com