(Saturday, October 17th)
Final Score: Kansas State 62, Texas A&M 14
Manhattan, KS (Sports Network) - Daniel Thomas ran for four touchdowns in the first half alone as the Kansas State Wildcats crushed the Texas A&M Aggies, 62-14, in Big 12 Conference play at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Thomas finished the night with 18 carries for 91 yards, while fellow running back Keithen Valentine chipped in 61 yards and two touchdowns of his own on 10 attempts for the Wildcats (4-3, 2-1 Big 12) as they won for the third time in the last four outings.
The Aggies (3-3, 0-2), losers of three in a row, were led by Jerrod Johnson who converted 21-of-45 passing for 314 yards and two touchdowns, but the signal-caller was also sacked six times and had three passes picked off. Uzoma Nwachukwu reeled in five passes for 136 yards and both scores in the lopsided loss.
Kansas State scored the first 59 points of the contest and never looked back as Thomas had touchdown runs of seven, three, nine and 17 yards in the first half. Between his first two scoring runs, Josh Cherry knocked through a 23- yard field goal to give the Wildcats a 31-0 lead with just over a minute remaining in the first half.
But before the second quarter could expire, Grant Gregory and Collin Klein combined on a 16-yard scoring play to make the score 38-0 at the break. Gregory finished the contest 10-of-13 for 147 yards, while fellow signal- caller Carson Coffman converted 5-of-6 for another 45 yards.
Wasting little time adding to the huge lead, KSU's Brandon Banks was credited with a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to begin the third quarter. Later in the period Valentine logged scoring runs of nine and 20 yards, lifting the advantage to 59-0.
Within a span of four-and-a-half minutes in the third, Johnson and Nwachukwu posted touchdown pass plays of 66 and 23 yards, cutting the deficit for the visitors to 59-14.
Putting an end to all of the wild scoring, Brandon Klimek booted a 46-yard field goal for Kansas State, giving the team their most lopsided conference victory since blowing away the Iowa State Cyclones in a 58-7 final in 2002.
Despite the awkward score, KSU generated just 424 yards of total offense and converted 4-of-13 on third down plays.
The 62 points for the Wildcats were easily a season high and come on the heels of being blown out by Texas Tech in similar fashion just one week ago, 66-14. The scoring burst was also the most put up by KSU since pasting Montana State in the second game of the 2008 campaign, 69-10.
10/18 00:12:25 ET