Manhattan, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–Jake Waters passed for 115 yards and two scores, and Kip Daily returned one of his two interceptions 38 yards for a touchdown, as the Kansas State Wildcats wrap up non-conference play with a 37-7 win over the UMass Minutemen in front of nearly 53,000 fans at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Despite having the ball for a little over four minutes in the first quarter, the Wildcats trailed 7-6. Their first score came on Daily’s interception return to paydirt.
K-State took the lead back for good in the second period with three touchdowns, starting off with a one-yard quarterback sneak by Daniel Sams with 9:14 left before halftime, the second was the first career touchdown by running back Robert Rose, who scored from 26 yards out with 3:45 remaining before halftime, and just before the break, Waters found John Hubert wide open for a 43-yard pass to help the Cats lead 27-6 at the break.
In the second half, the lone touchdown came on a 50-yard pass play from Waters to freshman fullback Glenn Gronkowski at the 9:27 mark of the third quarter. Jack Cantele booted in his career-best 42-yard field goal with 13:29 remaining to make the final 37-7.
Kansas State rushed for a season-high 329 yards, led by Hubert’s 118 yards. The Wildcats did out-gain the Minutemen overall 456-309.
After Saturday, K-State finished their non-conference portion of their schedule with a 2-1 record, and will visit Texas Saturday night in their Big 12 opener. Pre-game coverage from the K-State Sports Network begins at 5 pm, with a 7 pm kickoff in Austion on KSKL Mix 94.
Note: Photo is of Dodge City Junior Laton Dowling. Dowling finished with one tackle in the game. Scott City’s Colborn Couchman recorded two tackles on kickoff coverage in his first collegiate game.
Quarterback Daniel Sams, Fullback Glenn Gronkowski, Running Back Robert Rose, Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett, Center BJ Finney, Left Tackle Cornelius Lucas, Defensive End Ryan Mueller, Linebacker Chermeachelle Moore, Linebacker Tre Walker, Safety Ty Zimmerman