MIAMI -- Kansas State stopped Miami quarterback Jacory Harris' fourth-down run at the goal line with 49 seconds left,
capping a brilliant late stand that sealed the Wildcats' 28-24 win
over the Hurricanes on Saturday.
John Hubert ran for 166 yards and the go-ahead touchdown for the
Wildcats (3-0). Collin Klein passed for two scores and ran for
another for Kansas State, which blew an 11-point halftime lead
Harris threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns for Miami (1-2),
which got 106 yards and a touchdown from Lamar Miller. Miami had
first-and-goal at the Kansas State 2 with 1:52 left, but a
first-down pass fell incomplete, two Mike James runs were stopped
and then Harris' knee was deemed down by replay officials after the
on-field call was that he scored.
"We have no one to blame but ourselves," Miami coach Al Golden
It was the 145th time in the last 150 games where Kansas State
won when leading at halftime, and the Wildcats earned this one.
Miller's 59-yard touchdown run with 2:52 left in the third
quarter got Miami within 21-17, and Harris found Travis Benjamin
with a 34-yard scoring pass 43 seconds into the fourth quarter to
give Miami a three-point lead.
A short-lived lead, at that.
Bolstered by a 47-yard run by Hubert on third-and-1 -- Miami was
in something akin to goal-line defense, with just about everyone on
the line of scrimmage 70 yards from its own end zone -- Kansas State
went 80 yards on eight plays. Hubert's burst from 2 yards out
capped the drive, putting Miami in need of late heroics.
Harris almost delivered.
Buoyed along by 33-yard pass to Chase Ford, and a pass
interference call against Kansas State's Nigel Malone in the end
zone, the Hurricanes were 2 yards away from the win with four plays
to get there. They wound up a few inches short.
"We have to execute," Golden said. "That's on us. We didn't
get it done."
Klein finished with 93 yards rushing for Kansas State, which won
despite being outgained 411-398. His arms bloodied from a few
scrapes with the Florida Marlins' infield dirt, Klein completed 12
of 18 passes for 133 yards.
Harris completed 21 of 31 passes, and Benjamin caught six balls
for 91 yards to lead Miami.
Klein set the tone on the first possession, leading K-State 63
yards on 11 plays and going in from 2 yards out to give the
Wildcats a 7-3 lead with 5:57 left in the first quarter. He was a
perfect 6-for-6 passing for 80 yards in the first quarter - against
a Miami defense that in four quarters against Ohio State last week
allowed four completed passes for 35 yards.
Klein connected with Tyler Lockett from 20 yards out with 13:28 left in the half, and the Wildcats were up 14-3.
Here's how good Klein was: When Kansas State seemed on the brink
of trouble, his feet were more than enough to keep the Wildcats
"Their quarterback played exceptional," Golden said. "Got to
give Kansas State credit."
The Wildcats committed penalties on four consecutive plays
midway through the second quarter - holding on a completed pass,
then two false starts sandwiched around a delay of game while Miami
linebacker Sean Spence waved his arms to incite more noise from the
decidedly less-than-full stadium. After John Hubert was stuffed on
an option pitch, Kansas State faced 2nd-and-29 from its own 3.
Just when it seemed like Miami was ready to grab some momentum,
Klein took over.
A 26-yard scamper while taking off from his own end zone on
second down, followed by a 13-yard run on the next play, got Kansas
State near midfield and averted disaster. Miami eventually forced a
punt, but did nothing with the ensuing possession and went into the
locker room down by 11 points.
A pair of false starts doomed Miami in the first quarter. The
Hurricanes settled for a field goal on the game's opening drive
when Jon Feliciano jumped early on third-and-1 from the Kansas
State 17. And later in the period, Joel Figueroa -- who had just
entered the game after Brandon Washington limped off shaken up --
moved early on a fourth-and-4 play where Harris had two open
receivers and wound up forcing the Hurricanes to punt.
Those mistakes wound up costing Miami dearly in the end.