By KELLIS ROBINETT
The Kansas City Star
Key play: John Hubert took a pitch from Jake Waters on an option play and ran 7 yards for the game’s first touchdown, giving K-State a 10-3 lead.
Key stat: K-State outgained Louisiana-Lafayette 146-69.
Key play: Daniel Sams blew past defenders for a 13-yard touchdown, proving K-State can effectively run a two-quarterback system.
Key stat: K-State threw for 250 yards, compared to 31 for Louisiana-Lafayette.
Key play: Tramaine Thompson opened the second half with a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Key stat: The teams combined for 238 yards on kickoff returns.
Key play: Hubert’s short touchdown gave K-State a 48-27 lead.
Key stat: The Ragin’ Cajuns scored only three points.
Player of the game: Tramaine Thompson returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, a punt 79 yards to set up a Waters touchdown, and had a solid day catching passes.
Reason to hope: The Wildcats are back at .500, and it looks like the quarterback duo could be dangerous moving forward.
Reason to mope: K-State’s offensive line still didn’t play up to the standard it set last year. Hubert ran much better than he did a week ago, and Sams came through with some big plays, but it wasn’t a dominant rushing performance.
Looking ahead: It shouldn’t be difficult for K-State to turn one victory into a winning streak against Massachusetts next weekend. Massachusetts is one of the nation’s worst teams and is coming off a 24-14 loss to Maine.
|B||Offense||K-State left some points out there, but performed more than well enough to win handily. Tyler Lockett may be on his way to a special season. Waters and Sams are both bringing something to the offense.|
|B||Defense||The pass rush was much improved, and the final numbers look great, but Louisiana-Lafayette looked overmatched. It made self-inflicted mistakes throughout.|
|A-||Special teams||Back-to-back plays summed up the night for this unit: Thompson returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the third quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, K-State pinned Louisiana-Lafayette at its own 2. Allowing a 100-yard kickoff return a few minutes later prevented a perfect night.|
|B||Coaching||The defense looked better and the two-quarterback system was effective. Give K-State coaches credit for bouncing back Saturday, but their play-calling and clock-management could improve.|
| Kellis Robinett, firstname.lastname@example.org