(Saturday, September 4th)
Final Score: Kansas State 31, UCLA 22
Manhattan, KS (Sports Network) - Daniel Thomas had a career-high 234 yards rushing and two touchdowns as the Kansas State Wildcats defeated the UCLA Bruins, 31-22, in a non-conference clash at Bill Snyder Stadium.
Kansas State (1-0) quarterback Carson Coffman threw for 67 yards and a touchdown on 11-of-16 completions en route to the victory. The Wildcats' ground game was unstoppable, as William Powell added on another 72 yards rushing and one touchdown on six carries.
UCLA (0-1) was led by 60 yards on the ground from Johnathan Franklin. Quarterback Kevin Prince had a subpar day, completing 9-of-26 passes for 120 yards and committing two interceptions. Prince did throw for one touchdown while adding one on the ground as well.
Kansas State struck first as Thomas reached the end zone on a one-yard run. Thomas was a force on the Wildcats' first drive of the game, rushing six times for 25 yards while also catching a 22-yard pass from Coffman.
The second quarter proved a different story, however, as UCLA was able to pounce on an opportunity. The Bruins recovered a fumble by Coffman on the Wildcats' 11-yard line, setting up a touchdown run by Prince.
UCLA added a 44-yard field goal by Kai Forbath in the quarter, sending the Bruins into the locker room with a 10-7 lead.
Kansas State came out firing in the second half, completing an 80-yard drive with a 28-yard touchdown run from Powell.
The teams traded field goals on their following two drives, respectively, as the Wildcats took a 17-13 lead into the final quarter.
UCLA brought the battle to within one, 17-16, after Forbath connected on a 42- yard field goal with just over six minutes left.
Kansas State answered back on its next possession, which was capped by a five- yard touchdown pass from Coffman to Brodrick Smith.
However, the Bruins wouldn't hang their heads. Within a matter of 44 seconds, Prince connected on two passes for 35 and 29 yards, the latter of which went to Ricky Marvray to bring the score to 24-22. UCLA looked to tie the game with a two-point conversion, but Prince failed to connect on his pass.
The Bruins then attempted to convert an onside kick, but it went unsuccessful. UCLA had two timeouts remaining, but that ended up being a non-factor as Thomas broke off a 35-yard touchdown to put the game away.
Today's matchup marked only the second time these teams have met in the history of both programs. Last year was the inaugural meeting, with UCLA defeating Kansas State by 23-9 score at the Rose Bowl.
09/04 20:24:56 ET