MANHATTAN, Kan. (9/24/05) Powered by career days from quarterback Allen Webb and running back Parrish Fisher, Kansas State (3-0, 0-0) pulled away from North Texas (1-2, 1-0) in the second quarter to top the Mean Green 54-7 at KSU Stadium.
Both Wildcat backs were able to notch career best marks by halftime. Webb threw for 188 yards in the first two quarters, while Fisher set a new K-State record for rushing yards by a freshman by running for 148 yards in the first half.
Webb finished the game with 256 yards and two touchdowns. Fisher ended with 169 yards on 21 carries.
Mean Green running back Patrick Cobbs became North Texas’ all-time leading rusher on a 19-yard run in the second quarter. The senior, who led the nation in rushing in 2003, passed Ja’Quay Wilburn’s mark of 3,120 career yards.
The Mean Green opened the game with an impressive 32-yard pass to tight end Robert Harmon. The catch was Harmon’s first of the season and brought the Mean Green to the K-State 48-yard line. The drive stalled, however, and North Texas was forced to punt.
The Wildcats answered on the ensuing possession with a field goal. K-State drove 80 yards on 11 plays before the Mean Green defense held strong on the 14-yard line.
Wildcat place kicker Jeff Snodgrass’ 31-yard field marks the first time this season the Mean Green has allowed an opponent to score on its opening drive.
The Mean Green special teams made a difference in the first quarter, forcing the Wildcats to an average starting field position of their own 20 yard line. Truman Spencer and the punt team pinned the Wildcats inside their own 12-yard line twice, once on a booming 51-yard punt from Spencer.
K-State opened the second quarter by scoring touchdowns on its first three possessions and on a punt return.
Running back Carlos Alsup scored on the quarter’s opening possession on a six-yard scamper. Webb later found receiver Jordy Nelson for a 40-yard touchdown catch, and Ayo Saba’s three-yard run into the endzone gave the Wildcats a 24-0 lead.
K-State punt returner Jermaine Moreira capped off the first half scoring with a 62-yard return for a touchdown. It was the first punt return for a touchdown against the Mean Green since Utah State’s Kevin Robinson scored on a 71-yard return in October of 2004.
The Mean Green defense held strong on the Wildcats last drive of the quarter as T.J. Covington intercepted a tipped pass in the endzone with only 43 seconds left in the half. The interception is Covington’s first of the season and second of his career.
Led by Jamario Thomas, the Mean Green offense made a late charge in the fourth quarter. The sophomore got loose on a third down run and scrambled for a season high 39 yards. Three plays later, quarterback Matt Phillips found a streaking Johnny Quinn for a 25-yard touchdown pass.
The Mean Green covered 71 yards on the drive in 2:54 for the team’s first touchdown pass of the season.
Thomas led the team in rushing with 62 yards on 11 carries, while Quinn was the lead receiver with six catches for 46 yards.
North Texas returns home and returns to Sun Belt play on Oct. 4 when the Mean Green host Troy at Fouts Field.