Wow! What A Game!

MANHATTAN - Yes, it was against Tennessee Tech … hardly a UCLA, coach Bill Snyder pointed out, but Saturday's 49-7 victory over the Golden Eagles was just what K-State needed heading into the Big 12 opener against Iowa State at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday. WHAT STOOD OUT? We Break it Down!

The competition wasn't the greatest on Saturday, but still Kansas State looked mighty impressive in recording a 49-7 victory over Tennessee Tech.

Multiple plays were those of the "Wow!" variety, and they came on offense, defense and special teams.

No one had more "Wow" moments than Brandon Banks, who had 303 all-purpose yards, which ranks fifth-high in K-State history. Banks touched the ball seven times and averaged better than 43 yards per touching.

Banks set a K-State and Big 12 record for most kickoff returns for scores in a single game, and became only the 11th individual in college football history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in one game. The TDs measured 91 and 92 yards.

Here are our Top 10 moments/players:

10. Braden Wilson had the offensive hit of the game as he caught a flare pass and simply bulldozed two would-be Tech tacklers. Also in the game, the freshman fullback had a key downfield block that helped spring Brandon Banks free for a 64-yard pass reception.

9. It wasn't one play, but Carson Coffman was true on 8-of-9 passing attempts for 131 yards. Backup Grant Gregory hit his only two throws giving K-State a 10-of-11 passing day.

8. Tysyn Hartman recorded his third pass interception of the year. His three picks rank him No. 10 in the nation.

7. Keithen Valentine rushed for 73 yards and a 7.3-yard average per rush.

6. Recording sacks were Antonio Felder, Courtney Herndon and Raphael Guidry. K-State entered the game with only one sack all season.

5. Brandon Banks latches on to a 64-yard pass … the longest play from scrimmage for K-State all season.

4. Daniel Thomas continues to impress with his 139-yard rushing day. Thomas's trademark has become breaking multiple tackles per run, plus on one run, added a nifty 360-move. Thomas now ranks third in the Big 12 with 108 yards per game, which also ranks 12th in the nation.

3. Alex Hrebec had the game of his career with 10 tackles, which included three for negative yardage. Overall, K-State held Tech to a negative-19 yard rushing total on 25 attempts.

2. Brandon Banks jets down the K-State sideline for a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

1. Brandon Banks zigs to the right, and zags to the left and down the center of the field for a 92-yard kickoff return. Banks is now averaging 39.4 yards on 10 kickoff returns this year to rank fourth in the nation.

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