No. 21 Kansas State 59, Indiana State 3
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ Brian Kavanagh completed 19 of 22 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns, and Marlon Charles rushed for 195 yards and two more scores as No. 21 Kansas State swamped Division I-AA Indiana State 59-3 Saturday night.
Kevin Lockett caught seven passes for 140 yards and a score as the Wildcats (2-0) thoroughly outclassed the visitors from the Gateway Conference, who lost by only one point in their last trip to Kansas State exactly five years ago.
After taking a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, Kansas State seized a 31-0 halftime bulge with quick touchdown strikes that took one, seven and five plays.
Lockett got behind cornerback Dre’ Knox and streaked 36 yards down the sideline for the Wildcats’ third TD.
Defensive end Nyle Wiren stopped Sycamores quarterback Matt Gajewski for no gain on fourth-and-1 a few minutes later, then the Wildcats scooted 57 yards in seven plays. Charles, who had 33 carries, ripped off gains of 14 and 23 yards, then scored from the 4 for a 24-0 advantage.
A 29-yard punt put the Wildcats in business on the Kansas State 45, and two plays later Kavanagh connected with Lockett for 19 yards to the 31. On third-and-4, Kavanagh rifled a 25-yard scoring pass to tight end Jarrett Grosdidier, who scored on his first-ever catch.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound junior made it two catches for two TDs 5:40 into the third period when Kavanagh flipped a 4-yard scoring toss to him to cap an 8-play, 44-yard drive and make it 38-0.
Kansas State, which opened last week with a shaky 21-14 victory over Texas Tech, rolled 80 yards in 12 plays on its first possession, with Brian Goolsby breaking three tackles on a 15-yard touchdown run.
Later in the opening period, Kavanagh hit Lockett with a 13-yard completion to help set up Jamie Rheem’s 33-yard field goal.
The Wildcats needed eight plays to cover 58 yards for their sixth touchdown, with Charles going around left end for seven yards and the score five seconds into the fourth period.
With 11:26 left, Troy Hackney didn’t have a defender within 20 yards of him when he hauled in Jon Beasley’s pass and turned it into a 57-yard touchdown pass and a 52-0 K-State lead.
Nate Davis ruined the Wildcats’ shutout bid with a 22-yard field goal with 6:07 remaining for Indiana State (1-1).
Mike Lawrence returned the ensuing kickoff 66 yards to the Indiana State 29, and a few minutes later Charles scored on a 7-yard run.