K-State runs over Charlotte for 55-7 victory

MANHATTAN — A running game that produced 186 yards in the opening game fell short of Kansas State’s standards, despite quarterback Jesse Ertz passing for a career-high 333 yards.


The Wildcats were determined to boost their ground production Saturday. They came out against Charlotte running and running and running, rolling up 130 yards on their first two possessions to reach the end zone.

The ground game continued to pound away to the tune of 304 yards with five different players scoring touchdowns as the No. 19 Wildcats beat Charlotte 55-7 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

“It was a statement thing for us,” said running back Alex Barnes, who led the way with 99 yards on 16 carries, all in the first half. “We wanted to get back powering the rock and we did that today.

“It shows our diversity as an offense. Last week we weren’t getting it done on the ground so we threw for (300) yards. This week it was a little tougher on the edge so we grinded the rock today,” said Barnes, who had a 4-yard touchdown run and one highlight play when he hurdled a would-be tackler.

Ertz ran 13 times for 76 yards with a 35-yard touchdown and was again efficient and productive throwing the ball, completing 16 of 21 for 178 yards.

“I felt the offense played pretty well,” Ertz said. “We left a few things out there but overall our guys made plays and we got the ball into a lot of the guy’s hands, which is always a good thing.”

Fullback Winston Dimel got the Wildcats (2-0) on the board with a 5-yard touchdown to cap the opening drive, and Ertz’s 35-yarder made it 14-0.

Dalvin Warmack was featured in the third quarter, picking up 43 yards on seven carries with a 13-yard touchdown, and in the fourth quarter it was Tyler Burns (5 for 15) and Mike McCoy (4-33).

McCoy, the redshirt freshman from Topeka High, lowered his shoulder and flattened a Charlotte defender to score his first collegiate TD on a 15-yard run to cap the Wildcats’ second straight 55-point day.

“That was exciting to see Mike get his first touchdown,” Barnes said.

Coach Bill Snyder was pleased at the gains of the ground game between the first two weeks.

“It’s not a matter of wanting to establish the run as much as it is trying to find out what they’re doing,” Snyder said of the defense. “I thought we had a pretty good picture of what to expect. They are a heavy blitz team and they got into that pretty heavily and played heavy fronts against us to defend against the run, so it was picking and choosing the things we wanted to.

“I was pleased with our ability to run the ball against schemes that are stacked against the run, and I thought we were reasonably productive with that.”

K-State’s first two scoring drives covered 75 yards in 11 plays and 70 yard in four plays.

“We took a different approach and mentality,” Warmack said. “We wanted to come out and show everyone that we can run the ball. That’s a statement to any team you play if you come out running the ball like that. It got everybody fired up and let us surge the rest of the way.”

It was just what the Wildcats wanted and needed.

“The opening three drives we were methodical,” Snyder said. “We moved the ball down the field and ran most of the time. That’s what we need to be able to do and I was pleased that we did.

“Dalvin did a nice job again today. Mike had a nice run that he got the touchdown on, and Tyler has done a decent job. I think our depth was apparent to a certain degree today at that position.”

Safety Kendall Adams gave the Wildcats a lift with two defensive touchdowns, returning an interception 30 yards and a fumble 46 yards for touchdowns. The fumble return came on a lateral that was ruled a backward pass after a video review.

“Coach told us what the quarterback liked to do in certain situations, so we had a game plan and I sat on the route and saw the throw and broke on it to run it in,” Adams said of his pick-six. “On the fumble, we are always coached that if it’s borderline to go ahead and pick it up and run it back. I could not really tell from where I was at and ran it back just in case, and it worked out.”

The K-State defense limited Charlotte (0-2) to 168 total yards. Quarterback Hasaan Klugh ran 10 times for 33 yards and completed 8 of 19 passes for 33 yards.

“We could not stop them from running the ball,” said 49ers coach Brad Lambert, a former K-State player from Hoxie. “It is hard to get off the field when you can’t stop the run.

“Kansas State is a really good football team and there is a reason they are ranked No. 19 in the country. I was really impressed with them coming out of the game today.”

PERSONNEL MATTERS — Wide receiver Byron Pringle and cornerback Duke Shelley did not play because, “I didn’t put them on the field,” Snyder said. “Hopefully they’ll be ready to go next week. I’m banking on that.”

Sitting out for the second straight game were running back Justin Silmon, back-up quarterback Alex Delton and safety Sean Newlan.

Offensive tackle Dalton Risner left after the opening drive with an apparent leg injury.

“I think he’s going to be all right, I just don’t know how quickly we will get him back,” Snyder said.

Charlotte (0-2) … 7 … 0 … 0 … 0 … — 7

Kansas State (2-0) … 21 … 17 … 10 … 7 … — 55


KSU – Dimel 5 run (McCrane kick), 9:22. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 5:38 time of possession.

KSU – Ertz 35 run (McCrane kick), 5:21. Drive: 4-70, 1:52.

KSU – Adams 30 interception return (McCrane kick), 3:58.

UC – Klugh 19 run (Macauley kick), 2:17. Drive: 3-19, 1:31.


KSU – McCrane 22 field goal, 8:13. Drive: 8-87, 8:58.

KSU – Adams 46 fumble return (McCrane kick), 4:18.

KSU – Barnes 4 run (McCrane kick), 0:07. Drive: 9-62, 2:27.


KSU – Warmack 13 run (McCrane kick), 11:13. Drive: 7-73, 2:49.

KSU – McCrane 24 field goal, 0:39. Drive: 10-39, 4:57.


KSU – McCoy 15 run (McLellan kick), 8:12. Drive: 3-31, 1:26.

Attendance – 50,807.



First downs … 10 … 28

Rushes-yards … 28-110 … 51-304

Passing … 58 … 189

Comp-Att-Int … 10-25-2 … 17-23-0

Return Yards … 124 … 48

Punts-Avg. … 8-35.37 … 3-34.66

Fumbles-Lost … 1-1 … 0-0

Penalties-Yards … 7-50 … 5-44

Time of Possession … 23:54 … 36:06


RUSHING — Charlotte, Klugh 10-33, Washington 7-28, B.LeMay 3-25, McAllister 6-16, Montgomery 1-5, Barden 1-3. Kansas St., Barnes 16-99, Ertz 13-76, Warmack 7-43, McCoy 4-33, Dimel 4-29, Burns 5-15, S.Thompson 2-9.

PASSING — Charlotte, Klugh 8-19-1-33, Barden 2-6-1-25. Kansas St., Ertz 16-21-0-178, S.Thompson 1-2-0-11.

RECEIVING — Charlotte, U.LeMay 2-25, Tyler 2-11, Bostick 2-1, B.LeMay 1-10, Mullen 1-8, Quattlebaum 1-5, Washington 1-(minus 2). Kansas St., Zuber 7-73, Schoen 4-61, Heath 3-24, Isaiah Harris 2-20, Strickland 1-11.




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