(Saturday, September 27th)
Final Score: Kansas State 45, UL-Lafayette 37
Manhattan, KS (Sports Network) - Josh Freeman threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more as the Kansas State Wildcats defeated the Ragin' Cajuns of UL-Lafayette, 45-37, in non-conference play at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Freeman finished the contest 21-of-28 for 272 yards passing and gained 37 yards on nine carries for the Wildcats (3-1) as they bounced back from a 38-29 loss to Louisville 10 days ago.
The Ragin' Cajuns (1-3) were paced by Tyrell Fenroy who gained a game-high 183 yards and scored three times on the ground in the losing effort. Quarterback Michael Desormeaux converted 14-of-27 passing for 136 yards, but was sacked four times on the day.
The Cajuns took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards in 14 plays, but had to settle for a 22-yard field goal by Drew Edmiston in taking a 3-0 advantage early in the first quarter.
KSU then ripped off 28 unanswered points, beginning with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Freeman to Deon Murphy. Touchdown runs by Freeman of seven and 15 yards in the second quarter followed, with a three-yard scoring catch by Murphy at the 3:43 mark of the second quarter to give the home team a commanding 28-3 advantage.
Before the end of the first half Fenroy capped a 10-play, 90-yard drive for UL-Lafayette with a 15-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 28-10 at the break.
Just 18 seconds into the second half the Ragin' Cajuns again moved closer to the Wildcats when Richie Falgout connected with Jason Chery on a 27-yard TD pass play, making the score 28-17.
Eating up almost five minutes on the clock, Kansas State's Lamark Brown made his way into the end zone on a three-yard run to boost the home team's lead to 35-17.
Capping off yet another long scoring drive, Desormeaux reached the end zone on a one-yard run, but a failed PAT left the score at 35-23 following a 15-play, 86-yard drive.
Barely a minute later Freeman and the Wildcats struck again, this time with a 53-yard TD pass to Brandon Banks.
But as quickly as the Wildcats managed to score, the Ragin' Cajuns did the same as Fenroy's 69-yard touchdown run closed out the third quarter and left the visitors behind by just 12 points at 42-30.
A one-yard touchdown run by Fenroy at the 8:49 mark of the fourth meant UL- Lafayette trailed by just five points.
Unfortunately for the Ragin' Cajuns, KSU put together a 17-play, 73-yard drive that consumed more than seven minutes down the stretch and ended on a 26-yard field goal by Brooks Rossman to give the 'Cats the eight-point win.
09/27 20:52:39 ET