Kansas St. 19, New Mexico St. 0
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ Andre Coleman set up a touchdown with a 41-yard reception and caught a 26- yard touchdown pass from Jason Smargiasso on Saturday as Kansas State beat New Mexico State 19-0 for its first six-game winning streak since 1934-35.
With the help of a bad snap on what would have been a chip shot field goal by New Mexico State (3-2), the Wildcats (3-0) recorded their second shutout since 1975 and their first of a non-Big Eight opponent.
The six-game winning streak is the longest current streak in the Big Eight and is K-State’s longest since the 1934 team won its last five and the 1935 team won its opener.
Warren Claassen, who had missed his only field goal attempt in each of the past two seasons, kicked a 46-yarder to give Kansas State a 3-0 lead with 9:28 left in the second quarter. Smargiasso fueled the drive with a 17-yard pass on third and long to Eric Gallon.
Less than one minute later, Kenny McEntyre intercepted a pass by New Mexico State’s Charles Puleri and K-State took over on the Aggies 28. Three straight runs by Gallon netted 18 yards, then Smargiasso hooked up with Coleman down the middle, who beat Don Stowers on the 41-yard play to the 13.
Gallon’s two straight 6-yard gains brought it to the 1, and Rod Schiller went over for what became a 9-0 lead when Claassen missed the extra point.
The Wildcats marched 63 yards in nine plays with the second-half kickoff and set up a 30-yarder by Claassen for a 12-0 lead.
New Mexico State, with Puleri hitting Todd Cutler for 28 yards and Ezell Brown for 29, took the ensuing kickoff on its own 36 and moved to a first and goal at the K-State 3. But Chris Patterson sacked Puleri for a 9-yard loss, and the snap was bad a moment later on a short field goal attempt.
The Wildcats took over on the 36 and moved 64 yards in 10 plays, with Coleman making a leaping catch in the end zone of Smargiasso’s 26-yard pass.
Jaime Mendez, who tied a school record with four interceptions last week, intercepted a pass by Puleri in the fourth quarter to tie the school career record of 12.