Wildcats win fourteenth straight home opener

Under the lights at Wagner field and with a constant rain all game, Kansas St. defeated Troy St. 41-5 Saturday night in Manhattan. Senior quarterback Ell Roberson rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another helping the Wildcats score 41 unanswered points.

On the game's opening position, the Wildcats gave up a safety caused by a high snap on a punt. After the Wildcat defense forced the Trojans to go three and out, junior running back Daren Sproles fumbled giving Troy St. excellent field position at the KSU 26. The fumble would lead to a Troy St. field goal and the Cat's found themselves down by 5 with over nine minutes left in the first quarter. After that, the Cats would pour it on.
The Wildcat's next position featured a 36-yard option-pass from Roberson to junior wide receiver Antoine Polite, a 22-yard catch by sophomore tight end Brian Cassey and a five-yard touchdown scamper by Sproles that gave the Wildcats the lead for good.
Head coach Bill Snyder praised Cassey's play after the game.
"He's done a nice job in more ways than one." Snyder said "I wouldn't say he was great just because of one catch. He's done a nice job of developing his game."
Kansas St. scored four touchdowns in the second quarter, three rushing scores by Roberson and another by senior running back Danny Morris. Morris scooped up a punt that was blocked by sophomore line backer Ted Sims. The touchdown gave the ‘Cats a 34-5 lead with 7:20 remaining in the first half.
Everything seemed fine in Wildcat land until late in the first half. That's when Sproles got banged up on a carry and needed help off the field. He went straight to the locker room and didn't play the rest of the game. Sproles had 14 carries for 49 yards at that point and ended his streak at 10 straight games with over 100 rushing yards.
While Snyder didn't comment on details of the injury he did say "I think he's going to be fine. It seems like he's going to be ok." Snyder's words should give Wildcat fans a since of relief and hopes of seeing Sproles back on the field soon.
Kansas State added one more touchdown on a 57-yard strike from Roberson to senior Davin Dennis with just over 11 minutes remaining in the forth quarter. Roberson finished the game with 234 passing yards, completing 9 of 23 passing attempts, one touchdown and two interceptions. He ran for another 69 yards on 15 carries and now has gained over 2000 total yards in his career as a Wildcat.
The K-State defense dominated the Trojans, as things seem to be moving in the right direction. The ‘Cats held Troy St. to 138 total yards, 39 rushing and 99 passing. They sacked the Trojans 7 times and forced 3 turnovers.
When asked about the defensive performance Snyder said, "They were a little embarrassed from last week. They made a step forward," he said. "I wasn't unhappy with the way they played."
The Wildcats are now 2-0 on the season and have scored over 40 points in both games. They have won 37 consecutive regular-season games against non-conference teams and the win improves their all-time record in the month of August to 6-0. The next opponent for the Wildcats is the McNeese St. Cowboys, who come to Manhattan for a 6:10 p.m. kickoff. Saturday's game is the first meeting between the two schools.

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