2:10 PM ET, September 24, 2005
Bill Snyder Stadium, MANHATTAN, KS
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- For the entire suspenseful week, Parrish Fisher was in the dark along with everyone else.
Now he and the rest of the Kansas State offense are in the record book with a 54-7 rout of North Texas that NCAA rushing leader Thomas Clayton only got to watch.
Clayton, being punished for a campus incident, never got off the bench as the Wildcats amassed a school-record 658 yards of total offense.
There was speculation all week whether Clayton or his backup Fisher would play. Clayton, who ran for 329 yards -- the most in school history for the first two games of a season -- was charged with aggravated battery after driving away from and allegedly grazing a campus parking services employee.
"I didn't know what was going on," said Fisher, a redshirt freshman who had 169 yards rushing and 59 receiving in his first college start. "I went out there. I was getting reps during the week. It feels good, just to have a good performance."
Before the game, Snyder said only that Clayton would suffer "consequences" for his action. Whether Clayton will play next week against Oklahoma may also remains a mystery. The case is still pending.
"It hasn't run its course yet," Snyder said. "It's probably inappropriate for me to say anything. We'll wait to see what happens. My stance has not changed."
With 169 yards on 21 carries, Fisher became the first Kansas State freshman to run for 100-plus yards in a game.
"I knew I had to be prepared for anything," Fisher said. "Even if (Clayton) was to play, anything could happen and I could get in. As long as I'm prepared, I'm OK."
In the second quarter, Fisher had 109 yards and 46 yards receiving as the Wildcats (3-0) scored four TDs in taking a 31-0 halftime lead.
Allen Webb was 10-of-12 for 256 yards and two touchdowns.
The Mean Green (1-2), 54-2 losers to Tulsa last week, totaled just 161 yards and scored their first offensive points in eight quarters with 2:03 remaining.
Patrick Cobbs had 12 carries for 44 yards and became North Texas' all-time leading rusher with 3,043 yards.
"We didn't react very well when they hit us for four or five big plays at the start of the second quarter," said North Texas coach Darrell Dickey, who quarterbacked Kansas State from 1979-82 when his father, Jim was head coach.
"We've still got a lot of growing up to do."
The four-time defending Sun Belt champions had only 76 yards of total offense in the decisive first half to 382 for Kansas State.
"If you make mistakes against them, they will make you pay," Dickey said.
Snyder asked for permission to speak to the North Texas players after the game.
"He just told our guys to keep our heads up and keep working," Dickey said. "It was classy of him to do that. He's an outstanding football coach. He's a classy person and he represents Kansas State in a great manner. We appreciated him doing it."
Webb had a 40-yard TD pass to Jordy Nelson and a 47-yard scoring toss to Davin Dennis. He also teamed with Fisher on a 46-yard gain on a screen pass that led to Carlos Alsup's 6-yard TD run. In addition, he hit Yamon Figurs for 50 yards to set up a 3-yard TD run by Ayo Saba that made it 24-0 in the second quarter.
A few minutes later, Jermaine Moreira broke free on a 62-yard touchdown punt return.
Jeff Snodgrass had field goals of 21 and 57 yards for the Wildcats.
After Dennis' touchdown made it 38-0 midway through the third quarter, Kansas State began flooding the field with second- and third-teamers.
North Texas finally scored on Matt Phillips' 25-yard TD pass to Johnny Quinn with 2:03 left.
Backup Donnie Anders scored on runs of 3 and 17 yards in the fourth period.
"I liked the fact that we played hard," said Snyder. "I liked the fact that we still tackles well. I liked the fact that we defended against the run well."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||2-14||11-15|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-0|
|FG||8:12||JEFF SNODGRASS 31 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||11:35||CARLOS ALSUP 6 YD RUN (JEFF SNODGRASS KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 88 yards.
|TD||8:45||JORDY NELSON 40 YD PASS FROM ALLEN WEBB (JEFF SNODGRASS KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 58 yards.
|TD||3:54||JERMAINE MOREIRA 62 YD PUNT RETURN (JEFF SNODGRASS KICK)||0||24|
|TD||9:40||DAVIN DENNIS 47 YD PASS FROM ALLEN WEBB (JEFF SNODGRASS KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||5:55||AYO SABA 3 YD RUN (JEFF SNODGRASS KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 66 yards.
|TD||12:45||DONNIE ANDERS 3 YD RUN (TIM SCHWERDT KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 55 yards.
|FG||8:55||JEFF SNODGRASS 57 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 0 yards.
|TD||5:00||DONNIE ANDERS 17 YD RUN (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 63 yards.
|TD||2:06||JOHNNY QUINN 25 YD PASS FROM MATT PHILLIPS (NICK BAZALDUA KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 71 yards.