Cats Showcase a Complete Game Opener

Speaking for all K-State football fans, coach Ron Prince said, "It was good to win again." The Wildcats did snap a four-game losing streak Saturday in whipping North Texas, 45-6, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wildcats had not won a game since Oct. 27, 2007, when they knocked off Baylor, 51-14.

Kansas State packaged the old with the new for a 45-6 domination of North Texas in the 2008 opener Saturday night.

Junior quarterback Josh Freeman did his thing by completing 18 of 24 passes for 232 yards and three scores, plus rushing for 23 yards and enjoying TD runs of 1 and 8 yards.

"A B-," Freeman said when asked to grade his own game.

His coach, however, used the words "spectacular" and "fantastic" in summing up Freeman's game.

"He made some great plays," Prince said. "Being able to score red-zone touchdowns has been a big emphasis for us."

In fact, Freeman quarterbacked seven series with the Wildcats scoring six touchdowns. The seventh possession ended with a Keithen Valentine fumble.

It was a cast of newcomers that helped Freeman and the Wildcats to victory.

* Valentine scored a 4-yard TD on his first carry, and ended up with 65 yards.

"His head is in the game," quarterback Josh Freeman said. "He's running the ball hard, and I'm feeling really comfortable about having him back there."

* Logan Dold's first carry covered 19 yards. He ended up with 53.

* Brandon Banks second catch was a 30-yard touchdown, and he later caught a 43-yarder.

"I really didn't expect anything this big," Banks said. "I just showed up, did my job and did what I was supposed to do. I'm very excited about it."

* Aubrey Quarles caught six passes for 57 yards.

* And on defense, Blair Irvin scored six tackles, Ulla Pomele four and Olu Hall had two.

"I wanted to cry out there I was so excited to play again," said Hall, a transfer from Virginia, where he last played a game in 2005.

"I try to play mean and fast, and I think I did my job tonight," said Hall, an outside linebacker. "Really, I was just playing mean, trying to hurt somebody. If anybody got in my way, I was just trying to break them."

The Wildcats totaled 471 yards - 165 rushing and 306 passing - while holding the visitors to a modest 205 yards and one meaningless late-game TD that came against KSU second- and third-teamers.

Defensively, K-State used anything from a 3-4, to a 4-3, to a 3-3-5 defensive look. Next up for the Wildcats will be Montana State on Saturday in a 6:05 p.m. start.

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