Scores

Final

E Kentucky 7

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Kansas State 10

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 3, 2011

Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS

1 2 3 4 T
EKY 0 0 7 07
KSU 0 0 0 1010

Top Performers

Passing: C. Klein (KSU) - 128 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Hubert (KSU) - 17 CAR, 91 YDS

Receiving: C. Harper (KSU) - 4 REC, 61 YDS, 1 TD

Late TD helps Kansas St. escape against E. Kentucky

Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Collin Klein connected with Chris Harper on a 37-yard touchdown pass with 1:39 left, and Kansas State escaped with a sloppy 10-7 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday night to give longtime coach Bill Snyder his 150th win.

Kansas State fumbled five times -- losing four of them -- and struggled to get anything going against its opponent from the Football Championship Subdivision.

The plucky Colonels, picked to finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference, took a 7-0 lead with 4:26 remaining in the third quarter when freshman quarterback Jared McClain plunged in from a yard out. The TD was set up when Kansas State running back Bryce Brown fumbled the ball away.

Anthony Cantele, who earlier missed a 37-yard field goal try, drew Kansas State within 7-3 when he hit from 36 yards out with 11:36 left in the game.

The Kansas State defense managed to stop Eastern Kentucky on its ensuing possession, giving Klein and the offense the ball at its 14. The junior quarterback hit Harper for 10 yards, mixed in a couple of runs, connected with Harper again on an 8-yard completion, and converted a third-and-3 situation when he scrambled for four yards in front of the Wildcats' bench.

Two plays later, Klein saw Harper coming open on a skinny post route and hit him in stride as the crowd of 50,292 erupted for the first time all night. The touchdown gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game, and allowed them to win their 22nd consecutive home opener.

Things started out poorly for Kansas State and didn't get a whole lot better.

Klein was forced to call timeout on third-and-9 on the Wildcats' opening possession, and then proceeded to fumble the snap and give the Colonels the ball. The defense stiffened, though, and Eastern Kentucky's Luke Pray eventually missed a 42-yard field goal attempt.

The Wildcats went three-and-out on their next possession, a promising seven-play drive stalled at the Colonels 22, Ty Zimmerman fumbled a punt a few moments later, and the defense allowed Eastern Kentucky to march inside the Kansas State 10 before Nigel Malone intercepted McClain's pass late in the first quarter to preserve the scoreless game.

The comedy of errors continued once the teams switched directions.

Klein was picked off by Brooklyn Fox on a jump ball to end one drive, and another drive halted after Klein failed to notice the blitz and was sacked for a 13-yard loss.

The two teams went into the locker room with zeros on the scoreboard.

It remained that way most of the second half and at one point the Wildcats appeared like they might not score in a game for the first time since 1996. But the Wildcats managed to find just enough offense to hand Eastern Kentucky its 19th consecutive non-conference road loss.

The Colonels haven't beaten an FBS school since knocking off Louisville in 1985.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EKY
KSU
1st Downs721
Total Yards129303
Passing119128
Rushing10175
Penalties8-687-45
3rd Down Conversions3-157-16
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers25
Possession23:1736:43

Passing Leaders

Eastern KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mcclain9/261194.602
Kansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Klein13/211286.111

Rushing Leaders

Eastern KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams14191.4015
Lumpkin263.003
Kansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hubert17915.4020
Klein25783.1013

Receiving Leaders

Eastern KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Goard25829.0043
Bailey22412.0019
Kansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harper46115.3133
Lockett22512.5025

Scoring Summary

THIRD QUARTEREKYKSU
TD04:12Jared Mcclain 1 Yd Run (Luke Pray Kick) 70
FOURTH QUARTEREKYKSU
FG10:11Anthony Cantele 36 Yd 73
TD01:39Chris Harper 33 Yd Pass From Collin Klein (Anthony Cantele Kick) 710