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No. 7 Kansas State blows out Kansas, 56-16

Associated Press Modified: October 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm •  Published: October 6, 2012
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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Bill Snyder didn't have a whole lot to say to No. 7 Kansas State at halftime on Saturday.

It wasn't because he was at a loss for material.

The Wildcats had stumbled their way through a first half in which everything went right for Kansas — a faked field goal, a faked punt, a massive advantage in time of possession — and yet the boys in purple were downright angry about leading the game by only a touchdown.

Snyder assumed, and rightly so, that his team could figure things out on its own.

The Wildcats came out of the locker room and scored four touchdowns in the third quarter, Collin Klein and John Hubert leading the way, and the big surge carried unbeaten Kansas State to a 56-16 victory and its fourth straight win against its biggest rival.

"I think they were angry as much as anything, which is probably the best mental approach and emotion they could have in that situation," Snyder said of the halftime mood.

"I'm not a mind-reader, but collectively I think they were angry."

They certainly took it out on the Jayhawks, too.

Hubert finished with 101 yards and four touchdowns rushing. Klein threw for 129 yards and two scores while running for 116 yards and two more touchdowns. Travis Tannahill and Tyler Lockett had the TD receptions, and Daniel Sams added 70 yards rushing when the game was out of reach.

The result was a 35-2 second half dominated by the Wildcats (5-0, 2-0 Big 12).

"It was like big play after big play," said Kansas coach Charlie Weis, who just like his three predecessors got a rude introduction to the Sunflower Showdown. "It seemed like the third quarter went on forever because they were scoring so quick."

Dayne Crist threw for 189 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. James Sims had 115 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Jayhawks.

"It really came down to not executing," Crist said.

Kansas (1-4, 0-2) certainly executed in the first half.

It started with a time-gobbling, 86-yard drive that kept Klein and Co. on the sideline for a good chunk of the first quarter and ended with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Tony Pierson.

Kansas State answered with a 74-yard touchdown drive of its own, but the Jayhawks — with a go-for-broke mentality — pulled back ahead after two audacious plays on special teams.

Held to three-and-presumably-out, Weis told Ron Doherty to execute what amounted to a punter draw that went for a first down. The Jayhawks marched to the Kansas State 23 before they were held again, but this time they faked a field goal, and holder Blake Jablonski threw a pass to defensive end Toben Opurum — a former running back — to set up Sims' short TD run.

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