MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas State's defense dominated for the
second straight game and forced three turnovers, and the Wildcats'
offense found its groove late in a 23-7 victory over Marshall on
The Wildcats (3-0) have not yielded an offensive touchdown since
the fourth quarter of their opener against Division I-AA Illinois
State. Marshall (1-2) scored its only TD on James Johnson's 17-yard
return of a blocked punt.
Kansas State outgained the Thundering Herd 355 yards to 142, but
didn't mount a sustained TD drive until late in the fourth quarter.
Thomas Clayton, who had 152 yards and two scores in last year's
victory over the Herd, scored a touchdown on his first carry
Saturday but never really got untracked until he ran for 34 yards
on the game's last possession. He finished with 76 yards on 14
And while Dylan Meier was 19-of-35 for 256 yards passing,
including a 44-yard TD throw to Jermaine Moreira with about 4
minutes left in the game, he also overthrew several open receivers
and threw one interception.
Jeff Snodgrass, who was 3-for-6 on field goal attempts in Kansas
State's first two games, didn't miss in three tries against the
Thundering Herd. He connected from 24 yards in the closing seconds
of the first half to break a 7-all tie after Marcus Watts' leaping
interception at midfield, and added field goals of 22 and 48 yards
in the third quarter to make it 16-7.
Marshall's Ahmad Bradshaw, who ran for 152 yards in last week's
54-31 victory over Division I-AA Hofstra, was held to 55 yards on
nine attempts Saturday. And quarterback Bernard Morris, who ran for
151 yards in that game, was sacked four times and lost 8 yards on
A blocked punt led to Kansas State's first touchdown. Antwon
Moore stuffed Ian O'Connor's attempt on Marshall's opening drive,
and John McCardle recovered at the Herd 28. Two plays later,
Clayton stretched in from 3 yards out to give Kansas State a 7-0
But on the Wildcats' first possession of the second quarter,
Philip Gamble blocked Tim Reyer's punt and Johnson ran it in for a
Kansas State's victory was the first by the home team in the
three-game series, which dates to 2003. Marshall won 27-20 that
year, when Kansas State was ranked No. 6, and the Wildcats escaped
with a 21-19 win last year in Huntington, W.Va.