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UTSA falls to 0-3 after rough day in Little Apple

September 16, 2018

MANHATTAN, Kansas — Skylar Thompson threw for two scores and ran for another and Kansas State pulled away from UTSA for a 41-17 victory Saturday.

UTSA’s defense couldn’t do much to stop the K-State attack.

Nor could the Roadrunners (0-3) muster enough offense to stay in the game.

Thompson, who probably moved ahead of Alex Delton in their quarterback duel, threw for 213 yards on 13-of-18 passing and connected on aerial bombs to Dalton Schoen and Isaiah Zuber for Kansas State (2-1). Thompson also was lethal on the ground, with 66 yards rushing highlighted by a 27-yard scamper for a touchdown near the middle of the third quarter.

K-State piled up more than 400 yards of offense.

The Wildcats defense held the UTSA offense at bay for most of the afternoon and limited quarterback Cordale Grundy to 108 yards passing.

“Unfortunately we did not always execute to the fullest,” said UTSA coach Frank Wilson. “But I think take away a couple of big-play opportunities, they weren’t going methodically down the field and just shoving us around. We held them to some third-down opportunities, but we just couldn’t get them off the field.”

UTSA backup quarterback D.J. Gillins made the score more respectable late with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Greg Campbell Jr.

Takeaways

UTSA: The loss drops UTSA to 0-3 in yet another game where the defense gave huge chunks of yardage. This time, the Roadrunners gave up more than 400 yards to a Kansas State offense that entered the game struggling to gain consistency.

Kansas State: Despite the 72-yard TD pass from Delton in the second half, Thompson more than likely ended the much-debated topic of who will be the Jayhawks’ starting quarterback. From the first series of the game, the Wildcats were much more efficient and balanced than they had been in their first two matchups of the season.

Up next

UTSA: The Roadrunners face Texas State on Sept. 22.

Kansas State: The Wildcats face West Virginia on Sept. 22.

Stat of the day

It took the Wildcats three games, but they finally scored their first rushing touchdown of the season after running back Alex Barnes reached the end zone from 3 yards out to give Kansas State its first score.

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