Scores

Final

San Jose State 14

(0-2, 0-2 away)

Kansas State 34

(1-1, 1-0 home)

7:05 PM ET, September 8, 2007

Bill Snyder Stadium, MANHATTAN, KS

1 2 3 4 T
SJSU 0 7 0 714
KSU 10 7 0 1734

Top Performers

Passing: J. Freeman (KSU) - 272 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Johnson (KSU) - 15 CAR, 111 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Murphy (KSU) - 6 REC, 72 YDS, 1 TD

Kansas St. 34, San Jose St. 14

Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Josh Freeman threw for 272 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score in Kansas State's 34-14 victory over San Jose State on Saturday night.

James Johnson ran for 111 yards and one TD for Kansas State (1-1), which won its 18th straight home opener and avoided its first 0-2 start since losing its first three games in 1989.

Deon Murphy caught Freeman's touchdown pass and ran 21 yards on a reverse for a 34-7 lead for the Wildcats, who had 153 yards rushing Saturday night after being held to 27 in last week's 23-13 loss at Auburn.

San Jose State, 9-4 last season, dropped to 0-2 and lost quarterback Adam Tafralis to a shoulder injury in the third quarter -- a week after returning 1,000-yard rusher Yonus Davis injured his ankle on the first play of a 45-3 loss at Arizona State.

Before his 15-yard scoring pass to Murphy late in the first period put the Wildcats up 10-0, Freeman had gone 13 straight quarters without a TD throw since passing for three touchdowns in a 45-42 upset of Texas on Nov. 11, 2006.

Freeman was 6-for-6 for 88 yards on Kansas States first touchdown drive, part of a longer stretch in which he completed eight straight passes for 106 yards. He was perfect on the Wildcats' other TD drives, too. Freeman was 6-for-6 for 66 yards to set up his own 1-yard run for a 17-7 lead with just under 1 1/2 minutes left in the first half. And he was 5-for-5 for 34 yards before Johnson's 4-yard run made it 24-7 early in the fourth quarter.

He attempted only one pass on the last touchdown drive, completing it for 10 yards. The sophomore continued to struggle with interceptions, though, throwing two on Saturday night -- giving him 19 picks to seven TD passes for his career. After two games this season, the ratio is 4-to-1.

With Davis out, Tafralis had to do triple duty for the Spartans until he left the game.

He threw for 134 yards and one score on 16-for-20 passing, connecting with Jalal Beauchman on a 20-yard score that got San Jose State within 10-7 in the second quarter. He also ran eight times for 20 yards and lined up as a receiver to start the second half, catching the first three passes from backup quarterback Myles Eden.

It was his fourth career game with at least an 80 percent completion rate.

The Spartans used four quarterbacks Saturday: Tafralis, Eden, Sean Flynn and freshman Jordan LaSecla, who threw a 21-yard TD pass to Jacob French to get San Jose State within 34-14 late in the game.

Brooks Rossman kicked field goals of 26 yards in the first quarter and 43 yards in the fourth for Kansas State.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SJSU
KSU
1st Downs2025
Total Yards293425
Passing220272
Rushing73153
Penalties10-539-96
3rd Down Conversions6-155-10
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers02
Possession33:0926:51

Passing Leaders

San Jose StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Albassam16/201346.700
Kansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Freeman25/362727.612

Rushing Leaders

San Jose StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Eden7334.708
Albassam8202.5011
Kansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson151117.4118
Murphy12121.0121

Receiving Leaders

San Jose StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jurovich10828.2019
Beauchman5408.0120
Kansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nelson68213.7027
Murphy67212.0118

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSJSUKSU
FG10:40Brooks Rossman 26 Yd 03
TD05:02Deon Murphy 15 Yd Pass From Josh Freeman (Brooks Rossman Kick) 010
SECOND QUARTERSJSUKSU
TD05:46Jalal Beauchman 20 Yd Pass From Adam Tafralis (Jared Strubeck Kick) 710
TD01:26Josh Freeman 1 Yd Run (Brooks Rossman Kick) 717
FOURTH QUARTERSJSUKSU
TD14:23James Johnson 4 Yd Run (Brooks Rossman Kick) 724
FG11:32Brooks Rossman 43 Yd 727
TD07:31Deon Murphy 21 Yd Run (Brooks Rossman Kick) 734
TD04:31Jacob French 21 Yd Pass From Jordan La Secla (Jared Strubeck Kick) 1434