7:30 PM ET, October 14, 2010
Memorial Stadium, LAWRENCE, KS
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Anybody getting ready to play Kansas State had better pray the Wildcats don't get clobbered the week before.
Seven days after then-No. 7 Nebraska rolled up more than 500 yards in an embarrassing 48-13 rout, Kansas State turned the tables entirely Thursday night and thrashed Kansas 59-7.
Carson Coffman hit 15 of 16 passes and accounted for five touchdowns in one of the most lopsided routs in the history of an emotional series that started in 1902. And it was a near replay of last year when Kansas State got stomped 66-14 by Texas Tech but came right back the next week and humbled Texas A&M 62-14.
"I'm proud of them," said coach Bill Snyder, who won his first road game since ending a three-year retirement last season. "The same thing happened to us last year. I can't explain the turnaround. It's just a matter of if you prepare well, you play well."
Coffman, who came under fire after the Nebraska debacle, ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more. He threw for 184 yards and hit scoring strikes of 13 and 29 yards and rushed for 91 yards, scoring on runs of 8, 1 and 2 yards.
"Tonight it felt good, everything was working for us," Coffman said. "I just felt like I showed the guys on the team and the coaches that I can do it. I can step up and be the guy for them."
It was the most points Kansas State scored in a road conference game since hanging 64 on Kansas in 2002.
"Hats off to Kansas," said Kansas State tight end Travis Tannahill, who caught a 13-yard scoring pass. "We know exactly how they are feeling right now. This is definitely a lot better taste in our mouths than last weekend."
It was the ninth straight Big 12 loss by the Jayhawks, who have been outscored in their last two games against Baylor and K-State by 100 points -- 114-14.
First-year head coach Turner Gill declined a direct answer when asked if his team was getting better or worse.
"I'd say right now we're not a very good football team. That's the reality of it in this point in time," he said. "However you want to take it from that, but we're not a very good football team right now."
After a dull first quarter ended 3-0, Kansas State (5-1, 2-1) scored on seven straight possessions -- six of its own and one by the Jayhawks, on Stephen Harrison's 85-yard fumble return.
Kansas (2-4, 0-2) did not stop the Wildcats until Snyder started putting in reserves with a 52-0 lead early in the fourth quarter. By then, Kansas' worst loss since a 66-14 shellacking by No. 2 Texas in 2005 was assured.
Snyder raised his personal record against the Wildcats' archrival to 15-4. He has won 14 of his last 15 against the Jayhawks.
Daniel Thomas, who had been held under 80 yards each of the last two games, gained 91 yards on 18 carries, including a 9-yard touchdown run.
"We haven't proven anything yet," said Harrison, who also made a leaping interception in the end zone. "We still have a lot of work to do and we have to come ready to work each day."
The Wildcats dominated this one as they've rarely done in 107 previous meetings.
On the very first play after Harrison's interception, William Powell broke through a huge hole and sped 56 yards to the 24. Coffman capped the six-play drive with a 2-yard run for a 52-0 lead.
Taking advantage of every Kansas mistake, the Wildcats put the game away with a 28-point second quarter salvo and led 31-0 at halftime.
Tramaine Thompson caught Coffman's pass in the right flat, juked a would-be tackler and raced 35 yards to the 28. Then Coffman went over the right side for an 8-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter.
On Kansas' next play from scrimmage, Prizell Brown knocked the ball out of DeShaun Sands' hands and Ty Zimmerman recovered for Kansas State and ran 24 yards to the Jayhawks 25. Coffman ripped off gains of 10 yards on consecutive carries and dived over the top for a 1-yard TD run with 12:25 left in the half.
David Garrett sacked Webb on fourth-and-2 on Kansas' next possession and the Wildcats went 58 yards in four plays, keyed by Coffman's 35-yard pass to Chris Harper. Daniel Thomas scored on a 9-yard run.
Helped by a personal foul penalty on Kansas, the Wildcats motored 74 yards in seven plays with their first possession of the third quarter. Tight end Andre McDonald, wide open, hauled in Coffman's 29-yard scoring pass.
Harrison picked up James Sims' fumble a few minutes later and dashed 85 yards untouched. Coffman's 2-yard run made it 52-0 with 1:23 left in the third.
"This one's hard to take," Kansas receiver Daymond Patterson said. "It's a rivalry game, and you just came off a tough loss two weeks ago. To come out there and play like this in a big game against K-State, it hurts."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-10||13-22|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||1-2|
|FG||05:06||Josh Cherry 38 Yd||3||0|
|TD||14:56||Carson Coffman 8 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick)||10||0|
|TD||12:25||Carson Coffman 1 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick)||17||0|
|TD||08:10||Daniel Thomas 9 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick)||24||0|
|TD||01:51||Travis Tannahill 13 Yd Pass From Carson Coffman (Josh Cherry Kick)||31||0|
|TD||11:42||Andre McDonald 29 Yd Pass From Carson Coffman (Josh Cherry Kick)||38||0|
|TD||07:32||Stephen Harrison 85 Yd Fumble Return (Josh Cherry Kick)||45||0|
|TD||01:23||Carson Coffman 2 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick)||52||0|
|TD||02:28||Angus Quigley 5 Yd Run (Jacob Branstetter Kick)||52||7|
|TD||01:13||Collin Klein 51 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick)||59||7|
Kansas State quarterback Carson Coffman completed 15 passes in 16 attempts Thursday in the Wildcats' 59-7 romp at Kansas. That 93.8 completion percentage is the best among FBS players this season (min. 15 attempts).
Kansas lost 55-7 to Baylor last week and 59-7 to Kansas State tonight. Kansas has been playing football since 1890. Only once before in school history have they have allowed at least 55 points in consecutive games. In 1988 they lost 63-24 to Oklahoma State on November 12 and 55-17 to Missouri on November 19.
QB Carson Coffman: 1st career game with 2 rushing TD
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