MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State is known as a grind-it-out, ball-control offense. Maybe not for long.
The seventh-ranked Wildcats (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) scored touchdowns on drives of six, four, three,
four, one, three, two and six plays to post their fourth straight victory over the rival Kansas
Jayhawks, winning 56-16 Saturday.
It looked more like the run-and-shoot than Snyder-ball.
"Each game takes on its own unique pace," K-State quarterback Collin Klein said. "We left some plays out there that could have made the stats even more drastic. The thing is we have to keep playing and make ourselves better. It's a good step, but it's still just a step."
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 and more than nine yards per play.
"Is time of possession over-rated? No, not by any stretch of the imagination," K-State coach Bill
Snyder said. "(Kansas) had a good deal of possession time. It's significant for us to always
understand that it's an important part of what we do. It may be insignificant for someone else. If
I'm West Virginia and I'm scoring every seven seconds, that's a little bit different. But for us
Much of the quick-strike offense came in the second half for K-State. 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.
It caused the Wildcats to come out with much more purpose in the second half.
"There were a number of things," Snyder said. "I think we played a little better and reacted a
little faster. We had more pressure in the second half and that created quicker-than-they-wanted
throws. We had nine tackles for loss and five sacks. That obviously indicates that we did a little
better with our pass rush."
Apparently, it worked.
On Kansas' first series of the half, the Cats forced a three-and-out. Tramaine Thompson returned a 38-yard punt 35 yards to the Kansas 19-yard line. Four plays later, Collin Klein hit Travis
Tannahill with a 2-yard touchdown pass 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 and K-State had a commanding 35-16 lead.
"We played pretty competitively in the first half," Kansas coach Charlie Weis said. "We still
gave up some big plays, which was a bit ominous on defense.
"I was surprised that we did not play better in the third quarter. It was only a one-score game,
but we went three-and-out and they scored. Then we went on a long drive and threw an interception down on the (2)-yard line. From there on, K-State basically got the best of us for the rest of the day."
After 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.
The defense was mad at how much they let the Jayhawks dictate the first half and weren't about to allow it in the second half.
"We were angry because we felt like we shouldn't have let them come out and show off in the first half," Kansas State linebacker Tre Walker said. "For them to come out and make those drives and score back and forth like that, that's not our type of defense. That's not what we portray with the 'Lynch Mob' at all. We got together in the locker room and said we weren't going to let that happen. And we didn't."
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 7-of-14 passing 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 7 of 8 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 attempt. But another fake found Toben Opurum open in the flat for a 12-yard gain. The drive finally culminated in a 1-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.
After 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. But the Wildcats called their final timeout
with the clock stopped. Then Klein was stopped at the 1 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, and Kansas had scoring drives of 12 and 15 plays, plus a 15-play drive that ended with a missed field goal attempt. 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 in 123 seasons. The Jayhawks are 65-40-5 against 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.