NCAAF Game Recap - Nicholls State at Kansas State
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Kansas State 49, Nicholls State 14

Aug 31, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT

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Kansas State (1-0)

14

14

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21

49

K-State rolls Nicholls 49-14 in Klieman's coaching debut
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:46 PM

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Chris Klieman's debut as the coach at Kansas State couldn't have gone a whole lot better.

The Wildcats rolled up 573 total yards while holding Nicholls to just 276. Six different players scored a touchdown, including defensive back Jonathan Alexander. Kansas State committed just two penalties and never turned the ball over.

But when asked what he liked most in the 49-14 rout, Klieman replied: "That it's over."

"It was a lot of nervous energy. Nobody knows where they're supposed to be pregame. This first week was kind of a circus," said Klieman, who led North Dakota State to four national titles in five seasons before taking over for the retired Bill Snyder last winter. "It's exciting. I'm a competitor by nature and it is fun to win. But I was more excited to see the guys have fun."

They had plenty to enjoy.

Skylar Thompson threw for 212 yards and accounted for two touchdowns. James Gilbert paced a Kansas State running attack that rolled up 361 yards by going for 115 and a score. Jordan Brown, Harry Trotter and Tyler Burns also ran for touchdowns in a game that was never in doubt.

The Wildcats did it in just about all phases, too. They reached the end zone on their first four possessions, got a long TD catch from Dalton Schoen, went 10 of 12 on third down and ran a mind-boggling 80 plays while holding the ball for more than 41 minutes on offense.

"A lot of good things we saw," Klieman said, "but I challenged our guys in there, `Let's not be complacent. Let's not get too excited about one. We need to continue to stack good days on good days."'

Chase Fourcade, the Colonels' star quarterback, was just 10 of 18 for 126 yards with a pick. Kendall Bussey and Julien Gums had second-half touchdown runs, but the game was long over by that point.

"I mean, offensively we couldn't get anything going because we never had the ball. The time of possession was just ridiculous," Nicholls coach Tim Rebowe said. "They are a good football team."

The Wildcats, who the last few years under Snyder had grown stale offensively, roared out of the locker room with a sense of purpose. They brutalized the Colonels at the line of scrimmage, were largely free of penalties and looked every bit the program from a Power 5 conference.

Trotter, a Louisville transfer, reached the end zone first. Thompson scrambled 17 yards for the second score. Brown, a North Carolina transfer, reached pay dirt next. And Gilbert, the newcomer from Ball State, ran 24 yards to give the Wildcats a 28-0 lead with 6:21 left in the first half.

"Hopefully we can keep it going," Brown said. "Having three guys (at running back) is always great. If someone gets tired or something, someone can come in without any drop-off."

In fact, the Wildcats nearly went 5-for-5 on TDs in the first half. But when Schoen hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass, a review showed him bobbling the ball as he fell out of bounds.

That led to their only first-half miscue: Blake Lynch missed the ensuing 37-yard field goal.

Schoen finally got his touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. He breezed past a defender and hauled in a 38-yard reception to give the Wildcats a 35-7 lead.

Jonathan Alexander's strip, recovery and 25-yard touchdown return punctuated the win, and allowed Klieman to give his backups and third-teamers a chance to play most of the fourth quarter.

"All cylinders were firing today," Thompson said. "I had a lot of fun today."

STATS AND STREAKS

The win was the 200th in Bill Snyder Family Stadium for Kansas State. ... Klieman has won 22 games in a row dating to his days with the Bison. ... Gums paced Nicholls with 75 yards rushing.

THE TAKEAWAY

Nicholls: After beating Kansas just down the road in their opener last season, the Colonels never really put up a fight. Fourcade threw a pick on their second offensive play, they went three-and-out on their next possession and the Wildcats quickly built an insurmountable lead.

Kansas State: The Wildcats looked a lot like Klieman's teams at North Dakota State, winning the battle in the trenches and rotating running backs every couple of plays. The result was a team that was fresher and more physical as the game went along.

UP NEXT

Nicholls plays the second of four straight on the road, at Prairie View A&M on Sept. 14.

Kansas State hosts Bowling Green next Saturday before a trip to Mississippi State.

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Passing

Nich Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Fourcade 18 10 55.6 0 126 26 1 54.4
K St Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Thompson 22 16 72.7 1 212 38 0 118.0

Rushing

Nich Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Gums 12 75 6.3 41 1
K. Bussey 7 54 7.7 26 1
K St Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Gilbert 18 115 6.4 24 1
T. Burns 10 64 6.4 19 1

Receiving

Nich Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Dixon 5 92 18.4 26 0
S. Guarisco 1 19 19.0 19 0
K St Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Schoen 3 65 21.7 38 1
C. Taylor 1 34 34.0 34 0

Fumbles

Nich F FL
J. Gums 1 1

Returning

Nich KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Smith 3 15.7 0 18 0 - 0 0
K St KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
P. Brooks 2 21.5 0 23 1 9.0 0 9
M. Knowles 1 27.0 0 27 0 - 0 0

Punting

Nich Punt Yds Avg LgPu
W. Jones 4 177 44.3 52

Takeaways

K St Int Yds InTD
A. Parker 1 20 0
J. Alexander 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Nich K St
Points For 14 49
Total Yards 276 573
Rushing Yards 150 361
Passing Yards 126 212
Passing Completions / Attempts 10/18 16/22
Turnovers 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 0/0
First Downs 11 33
Penalties - Yards 2/19 2/20
Time Of Possession 51:51 9:09
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 1/6 10/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 4/44 0/0

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Nich K St
K St 6:15 TD Harry Trotter 9 yd run (Blake Lynch kick) 0 7
K St 9:15 TD Skylar Thompson 17 yd run (Blake Lynch kick) 0 14
2nd Quarter Nich K St
K St 1:25 TD Jordon Brown 14 yd run (Blake Lynch kick) 0 21
K St 8:39 TD James Gilbert 24 yd run (Blake Lynch kick) 0 28
3rd Quarter Nich K St
Nich 2:14 TD Kendall Bussey 26 yd run (Gunnar Jones kick) 7 28
4th Quarter Nich K St
K St 0:08 TD Dalton Schoen 38 yd pass from Skylar Thompson (Blake Lynch kick) 7 35
K St 0:24 TD Jonathan Alexander 25 yd fumble return (Blake Lynch kick) 7 42
K St 8:19 TD Tyler Burns 1 yd run (Blake Lynch kick) 7 49
Nich 11:59 TD Julien Gums 3 yd run (Gunnar Jones kick) 14 49

Game Information

Stadium: Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kansas
Attendance: 51,189
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