Scores

Final

Massachusetts 17

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Kansas State 21

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:10 PM ET, September 5, 2009

Bill Snyder Stadium, MANHATTAN, KS

1 2 3 4 T
MASS 3 0 7 717
KSU 0 21 0 021

Top Performers

Passing: C. Coffman (KSU) - 182 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Nelson (MASS) - 19 CAR, 107 YDS

Receiving: A. Snipes (KSU) - 2 REC, 52 YDS, 2 TD

Sloppy Wildcats hold off Minutemen in Snyder's return to sideline

Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Carson Coffman threw two touchdown passes to Attrail Snipes and Kansas State had a less-than-stellar start to the second Bill Snyder era, holding off Massachusetts 21-17 on Saturday.

Kansas State bumbled its way through Snyder's first game in three years, turning it over three times and allowing a blocked punt return for a touchdown to fritter away most of an 18-point halftime lead.

UMass also struggled for most of Kevin Morris' debut as head coach, allowing Kansas State to score three touchdowns in the second quarter, managing 212 total yards on offense. The Minutemen pulled within four points thanks to two special teams turnovers.

Kyle Havens turned the first turnover -- a muffed punt by Brandon Banks -- into on a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Krevis late in the third quarter. On Kansas State's next drive, D.J. Adeoba scooped up Jeremy Horne's blocked punt and rumbled 26 yards for a touchdown to get the Minutemen within four.

Kansas State's defense held and its offense controlled the ball just long enough to win its 21st straight home opener -- its 18th under Snyder.

Kansas State's 69-year-old coach returned from a three-year retirement, hoping to pull off another reclamation project after the program he built unraveled under Ron Prince.

More than 300 former players returned for what was dubbed a family reunion, wearing their jerseys as they lined the Kansas State sideline before the game. In all, 50,750 fans -- a home-opener record -- showed up for the first act of the Bill Snyder Era II, making Bill Snyder Family Stadium look like a giant bowl of purple jelly beans.

The coach seemed right at home pacing the sideline again, though he wasn't alone. A student spent the entire game tethered to Snyder, holding a headset transmitter that wouldn't fit on the coach's beltless gray slacks.

Snyder conveyed the same calming presence as before, even when his team struggled.

Coffman, after two seasons as Josh Freeman's understudy, was sometimes shaky. The junior missed badly on several passes, fumbled on Kansas State's first drive and threw an interception on the second after getting hit on the arm.

Coffman settled down for a bit, scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run to cap a 76-yard drive early in the second quarter. Then he hit Snipes on a 40-yard touchdown pass on a short crossing route.

Coffman got one more chance in the half after Chris Carney blocked a punt at the UMass 40. He hit Banks on a 28-yard pass, then hit Snipes on a 12-yard touchdown with 3 seconds left that made it 21-3. He failed after that to build on the lead and finished 14 for 27 with 182 yards.

Havens also had an uneven debut after winning a close preseason battle with Scott Woodward, throwing for 102 yards on 10-of-34 passing.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MASS
KSU
1st Downs1324
Total Yards212407
Passing102182
Rushing110225
Penalties9-658-71
3rd Down Conversions4-148-17
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers23
Possession22:5037:10

Passing Leaders

MassachusettsC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Havens10/341023.012
Kansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Coffman14/271826.721

Rushing Leaders

MassachusettsCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nelson191075.6018
Hernandez372.303
Kansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas231044.5019
Valentine11898.1034

Receiving Leaders

MassachusettsRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cruz24422.0035
Talley3227.309
Kansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Banks7679.6028
Snipes25226.0240

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMASSKSU
FG03:22Caleb Violette 35 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERMASSKSU
TD14:20Carson Coffman 1 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick) 37
TD05:34Attrail Snipes 40 Yd Pass From Carson Coffman (Josh Cherry Kick) 314
TD00:03Attrail Snipes 12 Yd Pass From Carson Coffman (Josh Cherry Kick) 321
THIRD QUARTERMASSKSU
TD00:29Andrew Krevis 4 Yd Pass From Kyle Havens (Caleb Violette Kick) 1021
FOURTH QUARTERMASSKSU
TD14:01D.J. Adeoba 26 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Caleb Violette Kick) 1721