"Great things can happen - Believe!"

On a day that saw many new faces play for this Wildcat team, Great Things Did Happen! With Thomas on the bench- Alsup and Fisher more then filled in as the Cats offense rolled. It was also a day of first's as Allan Evridge made his debut. After the game, Coach Snyder had numerous things to say about the 54-7 win and the play of the new starters and the newcomers.

The jumbotron at KSU Stadium displayed that simple thought prior to the Wildcats 54-7 victory on Saturday. A video package highlighting coach Bill Snyder's first win, the Wildcats 1998 victory over Nebraska and K-State's 2003 Big 12 Championship was shown, with those five words at the finish.

If any Wildcat fans didn't believe before, the record-setting 658-yard performance was a convincing way to change their minds. Whether they were running or passing, the Wildcats' offense moved the ball steadily and made big plays all game long, averaging over eight yards per offensive play.

With the nation's leading rusher Thomas Clayton not seeing the field due to disciplinary reasons, the Wildcats refused to stray from their rushing attack, totaling 305 rushing yards.

305 rushing yards, with the number one back on the sidelines? How does that happen? A number of capable reserves and an offensive line creating holes like a donut maker help in that regard. K-State running backs averaged 5.7 yards per carry for the game.

Red-shirt freshman Parrish Fisher started in place of Clayton, and made the most of the opportunity, ending the game with 169 yards. Fisher now has 243 yards on the season, the second most ever by a K-State freshman.

Fisher led the Wildcats in yards, but he never stepped foot into the end zone. That's not to say that the run game failed in this regard, as three other backs all saw carries that found paydirt.

Senior Carlos Alsup scored the Wildcats first touchdown of the game; it was also the first touchdown of his Wildcat career. Snyder said he was happy for Alsup.

"I'm pleased that Carlos is making some progress and getting back on his feet." Snyder said. "Because of all the injuries that he's had, anytime he does some positive things, it makes you feel good."

Alsup, who has struggled with injuries throughout his career, saw his first carries since playing against Troy State in 2003. He expressed nothing but pleasure in his first experience putting six points on the board.

"It felt unbelievable," Alsup said. "To see the end zone for the first time in a Wildcat jersey - it put a smile on my face."

Along with Alsup, junior Donnie Anders found the endzone twice, and senior defensive tackle Ayo Saba also scored. Anders (remember him?) scored both his touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Anders carried eight times for 33 yards, which may not seem like much, but one has to consider that Anders only saw three carries last season.

The running attack was solid, but many fans were more concerned about the passing attack heading into the game. Quarterbacks Allen Webb and Allan Evridge did their best to quiet those doubts.

Webb set a new career high in passing yards, throwing for 256, a completed 10 of 12 passes. He did throw one interception when the Wildcats were in the red zone, but he also completed touchdown passes of 40-plus yards to Jordy Nelson and Davin Dennis.

"Aside from (the interception) he did a reasonably fine job," Snyder said of Webb's performance.

Webb's interception came on a play where he appeared to have a lot of running space in front of him. "It was kind of uncharacteristic of me to throw that and not run it into the end zone, because it was kind of open," Webb said. "I'll learn from it."

Red-shirt freshman Evridge took his first career snap with 8:12 remaining in the third quarter, advancing a quarterback draw for six yards. On the passing end, Evridge showed he could be a capable backup with Dylan Meier still recovering from off-season surgery.

Snyder, who had knocked on wood a week earlier after saying he wanted Evridge to get some snaps, said he liked what he saw Evridge do.

"I thought he just had a good command presence for the game," Snyder said. "He threw the ball relatively well." Evridge complete five of ten passes for 97 yards.

"Evridge did a very nice job," Webb said of his reserve quarterback. "He directed the offense very well. He made the appropriate checks. I mean, he did everything he's supposed to do.

Four different K-State receivers had pass receptions of 40-or-more yards. Nelson's 40-yard touchdown was his third score in as many games, while Yamon Figurs led the Wildcats in receiving yards with 84.



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