Kansas State 36, UNLV 20
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ J.J. Smith scored two touchdowns and Andre Coleman broke loose on a 67-yard scoring play Saturday as resurgent Kansas State whipped UNLV 36-20 for its first unbeaten non-conference record in 39 years.
Kansas State (4-0) fell behind 14-10 at halftime but scored a touchdown, a field goal and a safety to regain control of the Rebels (1-3) in the third period. The Wildcats’ nine-game home winning streak is one shy of the school record and the 4-0 start is the first since 1931.
Coleman, whose 72-yard kickoff return set up the winning touchdown in a 30-25 victory at Minnesota last week, took a short pass from Chad May near the 35, broke two tackles, cut back against the flow and sped 67 yards to give K- State a 29-14 lead just minutes into the fourth quarter.
Kansas State grabbed a 10-0 first-quarter lead on Smith’s 27-yard touchdown run and Tate Wright’s 39-yard field goal, but failed to score after gaining a first-and-goal from the UNLV 4 at the end of the half.
The Rebels, playing a Big Eight team for only the second time in their history, took a 14-10 lead with 5 minutes left in the half with a 9-play, 80- yard drive capped by Omar Love’s 2-yard run. With 1:35 left in the first quarter, Demond Thompkins caught an 8-yard scoring pass from Bob Stockham.
Wright, becoming No. 4 on K-State’s career scoring chart, kicked a line- drive 45-yarder to give the Wildcats a 14-13 lead with 12:19 remaining in the third period. Wright’s four extra points broke Steve Willis’s school record of 84.
A few minutes later, Kenny McEntyre intercepted Stockham’s pass and returned it 23 yards to the Rebels 15. Four plays later, Smith plunged across from the 1.
K-State’s punt with 4:50 left in the third was muffed by Henry Bailey near the 10. After a scramble, Bailey was tackled in the Las Vegas end zone for a safety.
Chuck Marlowe intercepted Stockham’s pass in the fourth period and set up Rod Schiller’s 8-yard scoring run with 5:32 left.
Wright’s first field goal was set up when UNLV was caught with 12 men on the field during a Wildcat punt. Given a first down by penalty, the Wildcats moved in for the game’s first score.
With 1:27 to play, Stockham hit Randy Gatewood with an 18-yard scoring pass but failed on a 2-point conversion try.