MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Seventh-ranked Kansas State overcame a slow start and an unusual deficiency in time of possession to outscore cross-state rival Kansas, 35-2 in the second half, en route to a 56-16 victory on Saturday.
The Wildcats (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) scored on drives of six, four, three, four, one, three, two and six plays, to record their fourth straight victory over the Jayhawks. Kansas (1-4, 0-2) controlled the clock, usually a Kansas State trademark. The Jayhawks held the ball for 36:56, and ran 81 plays to K-State's 51, but it didn't do them much good as K-State averaged better than a point per play.
The Wildcats led 21-14 at the break, but they hardly looked like the seventh best team in the country. They were outgained 263 yards to 218. Kansas was the aggressor for most of the first half.
The Wildcats showed more purpose in the second half. On Kansas' first series of the half, the Cats forced a three-and-out. Tramaine Thompson returned a 38-yard punt 35 yards back to the Kansas 19-yard line. Four plays later, Collin Klein hit Travis Tannahill with a 2-yard touchdown and the Wildcats led 28-14.
Kansas then moved the ball 73 yards before Allen Chapman picked off a Dane Crist pass at the 2-yard line to stop the drive. On the first play, John Hubert was stopped short of the goal line for a safety, and Kansas appeared to regain the momentum. But on the ensuing free kick, Tre' Parmalee fumbled and Jonathan Truman recovered. Hubert redeemed himself with a 32-yard run off right tackle for a score. K-State had a commanding 35-16 lead.
Following another Crist interception, the Wildcats went 40 yards in three plays as Hubert scored his third touchdown without being touched for a 42-16 lead. After a three-and-out and a short punt, Klein ran 28 yards untouched and the rout was on.
Hubert scored his fourth touchdown to cap a drawn-out six-play, 43-yard drive that took all of 3:03 to give K-State a 56-16 lead. Hubert rushed for 101 yards. Klein finished the day seven of 14 for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He also gained 116 yards on 10 carries with two more touchdowns.
Kansas took the first lead of the game on an impressive 12-play, 83-yard drive, capped by a 19-yard screen pass from Crist to Tony Pierson. Crist was seven of eight for 77 yards on the drive.
Kansas State answered quickly with a six-play, 74-yard drive. The Wildcats gained 50 of the yards on four carries, including a 20-yard scamper by Hubert for the touchdown.
Kansas State appeared to hold Kansas on the next drive to a three-and-out, but Kansas faked a punt. Ron Doherty ran 13 yards before encountering a defender. The Wildcats' defense stiffened later in the drive, and Kansas lined up for a 40-yard field goal. But another fake found Toben Opurum open in the flat for a 12-yard gain. The drive finally culminated in a one-yard touchdown run by James Sims.
Again, the Wildcats answered a long Kansas drive with a quick strike. This time, Klein hit Tyler Lockett with a 34-yard touchdown pass to cap a four-play, 65-yard drive.
Following a Kansas three-and-out, K-State answered with a three-and-in. The Wildcats took over at their own 40. Angelo Pease ran for 28 yards around the left end, followed by a 31-yard run by Klein around the right end down to the 1-yard line. Klein punched it in on the next play.
K-State could have had more points at the end of the first half. Nigel Malone intercepted a tipped pass and returned it 55 yards to the Kansas 5-yard line. But the Wildcats called their final timeout with the clock stopped. Then Klein was stopped at the 1-yard line and the clock ran out before the ball could be set and the half ended with K-State up 21-14.
Kansas State's three scoring drives totaled 13 plays, while Kansas had scoring drives of 12 and 15 plays, plus a 15-play drive that ended with a missed field goal. K-State, which came into the game averaging 31:41 of possession time per game, trailed 21:35 to 8:35 at the half.
Notes: Kansas State came into the game as the least penalized team in FBS with 16.5 yards per game. The Wildcats had one penalty for 5 yards. ... Kansas State improved to 14-5 after a bye week since 1991, including 5-0 against Kansas. ... Kansas fell to 573-573-58 all-time, over 123 seasons. The Jayhawks are 65-40-5 all-time versus Kansas State in the 12th-most played series in FBS, but Kansas State is 17-5 since 1991. ... Eight players on Kansas' roster were high school teammates with members of the Kansas State team.