Scores

Final

Tenn Tech 7

(1-2, 0-1 OVC)

Kansas State 49

(2-2, 2-0 home)

2:10 PM ET, September 26, 2009

Bill Snyder Stadium, MANHATTAN, KS

1 2 3 4 T
TNTC 7 0 0 07
KSU 14 7 21 749

Top Performers

Passing: L. Sweeney (TNTC) - 121 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Thomas (KSU) - 26 CAR, 139 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: B. Banks (KSU) - 3 REC, 90 YDS

KSU's Banks matches kickoff TD mark in rout

Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Writing his name into the NCAA record book was nothing complicated for Brandon Banks.

"I just ran the ball," the 150-pound senior said after returning two kickoffs for touchdowns in Kansas State's 49-7 rout of Tennessee Tech. "The other 10 guys on the team blocked real well."

Their good blocking and his fast running made Banks just the 12th man in NCAA history to score on two kickoffs in a single game, and tied an NCAA record.

He also had 90 yards receiving and 29 yards on three punt returns for 303 all-purpose yards to rank No. 5 on Kansas State's single-game charts.

"I needed some motivation to get going. I think that did a little bit for me," Banks said.

The Golden Eagles' kick coverage unit hardly laid a hand on the shifty Banks. He had a 93-yard return following Tennessee Tech's score in the first quarter. Then he took the second-half kickoff 92 yards.

On both returns, his lanes were wide open.

"The first one he ran back, you couldn't block it any better than that," said Kansas State coach Bill Snyder. "That's what you hope for every single time. Our other 10 guys really did a nice job. The second one, he made some things happen on the return as well. I was pleased with him."

The Wildcats (2-2) held Tennessee Tech (1-2) to 107 yards of offense and led 42-7 after the third quarter. Daniel Thomas helped fuel the rout with two 1-yard touchdown runs and 142 yards rushing on 26 carries.

Thomas' 1-yard run gave Kansas State a quick lead, but Tennessee Tech answered with a seven-play, 73-yard drive capped by Lee Sweeney's 5-yard pass to Jamere Hogue. Sweeney's 38th touchdown pass tied the school career record.

But 12 seconds later, Banks crossed the goal line with his first kickoff return, the ninth-longest in school history. He picked up a couple of good blocks early in the return, then sped down the sideline, outrunning the final would-be tackler.

"As soon as I got the ball, I saw the hole open," he said. "I just used my speed and I was able to get to the end zone. It felt good."

He took the ball on the 8-yard line on the second-half kickoff, started up the middle, dodged a couple of Golden Eagles and broke clear.

"We made some mistakes in the first half with the penalties that we got, so it was important to get off to a big start in the second half," he said.

The Golden Eagles were not exactly kicking the ball with laser-like precision, coach Watson Brown said.

"We were hitting it low and could not get our coverages down the field at all," he said. "The second kickoff return was supposed to be a high, sky kick toward our boundary and we kicked it down the middle of the field."

The last player to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a game was Brandon Breazell of UCLA on Dec. 30, 2005 against Northwestern. Both of those came on onside kicks.

"We are not going to see any better players than the ones we played against today," Sweeney said. "We played the best team we are going to see all year."

It was not all good for the Wildcats in their fourth game in Snyder's second tour as head coach. Josh Cherry missed a 36-yard field-goal attempt, making him only 1 for 6 for the season, and Kansas State was penalized 10 times for 96 yards.

An illegal chop block backed the Wildcats up to their own 4-yard line, but Banks got open over the middle and hooked up with Carson Coffman for a 64-yard catch-and-run. A few minutes later, Coffman scored on a 5-yard run for a 21-7 lead with 2:34 left in the half.

After their first-quarter touchdown, the Golden Eagles were almost completely throttled by the quicker Kansas State defense. Sweeney was sacked three times, leading to minus-19 yards in rushing.

Tennessee Tech also couldn't stop Kansas State's second-team offense. The Wildcats backups drove 60 yards in seven plays, capped by Keithen Valentine's 15-yard run.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TNTC
KSU
1st Downs924
Total Yards107448
Passing126152
Rushing-19296
Penalties4-3010-96
3rd Down Conversions2-115-10
4th Down Conversions1-13-4
Turnovers10
Possession23:5236:08

Passing Leaders

Tennessee TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sweeney11/181216.711
Kansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Coffman8/913114.600

Rushing Leaders

Tennessee TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wilkerson393.004
Gay740.603
Kansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas261395.3220
Valentine10737.3115

Receiving Leaders

Tennessee TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Watson12727.0027
Hogue22613.0119
Kansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Banks39030.0064
Mastrud3268.7011

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTNTCKSU
TD05:35Daniel Thomas 1 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick) 07
TD02:40Jamere Hogue 19 Yd Pass From Lee Sweeney (Tim Donegan Kick) 77
TD02:28Brandon Banks 91 Yd Kickoff Return (Josh Cherry Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERTNTCKSU
TD02:34Carson Coffman 5 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick) 721
THIRD QUARTERTNTCKSU
TD14:46Brandon Banks 92 Yd Kickoff Return (Josh Cherry Kick) 728
TD11:34Daniel Thomas 1 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick) 735
TD05:28Keithen Valentine 15 Yd Run (Brandon Klimek Kick) 742
FOURTH QUARTERTNTCKSU
TD10:59Grant Gregory 1 Yd Run (Brandon Klimek Kick) 749