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No. 5 Auburn takes advantage turnovers, missed field goals in 20-14 win over No. 20 K-State

  • Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis (5) gets past Kansas State defensive back Dante Barnett (22) to score a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis (5) gets past Kansas State defensive back Dante Barnett (22) to score a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters (15) passes the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters (15) passes the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)  (The Associated Press)

  • Auburn running back Corey Grant (20) tries to get past Kansas State defensive back Travis Green (2) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Auburn running back Corey Grant (20) tries to get past Kansas State defensive back Travis Green (2) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)  (The Associated Press)

Nick Marshall threw two touchdown passes, Auburn forced three turnovers and the fifth-ranked Tigers held on to beat mistake-prone No. 20 Kansas State 20-14 on Thursday night.

Marshall finished with 231 yards passing for the Tigers (3-0), who were forced to the air by a Wildcats defense that was bent on stopping the run. The nation's sixth-ranked rushing attack had only 130 yards on the ground, 200 less than its season average.

Not that it mattered the way Kansas State (2-1) squandered its chances.

Jake Waters threw for 245 yards, but he also tossed two interceptions — one in the Auburn end zone. The Wildcats also fumbled the ball away, and Jack Cantele missed three field-goal attempts.