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
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
"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
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,"
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
After Dennis' touchdown made it 38-0 midway through the third
quarter, Kansas State began flooding the field with second- and
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
"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."