SF Austin 16

(0-1, 0-1 away)

(20) Kansas State 55

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:10 PM ET, August 30, 2014

Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS

1 2 3 4 T
SFA 0 10 6 016
#20KSU 7 21 14 1355

Top Performers

Passing: J. Waters (KSU) - 223 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Jones (KSU) - 8 CAR, 55 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Thomas (SFA) - 6 REC, 85 YDS

No. 20 K-State rolls past Stephen F. Austin, 55-16

Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State coach Bill Snyder gripped the podium, stared into a row of television cameras and offered a sobering assessment of his team's performance.

The offense played well when it wasn't going three-and-out to start the second half. The defense was stingy, except for the huge chunks of yards it allowed on broken plays. Special teams were generally solid, other than Jack Cantele's missed field goal.

The No. 20 Wildcats may have whipped Stephen F. Austin 55-16 in their season opener Saturday night, but Snyder made it clear that there was plenty of room for improvement.

"I probably dwell on the things that aren't so good," he said dryly.

No doubt there was plenty of good to go with the bad.

Jake Waters threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns while also running for two scores, and Charles Jones had a pair of touchdown runs. The game was so far out of reach by the fourth quarter that Snyder was able to play most of his backups, giving them valuable game experience.

Good thing, too, because the road is about to get a whole lot tougher.

Kansas State visits Iowa State to open Big 12 play next weekend, then welcomes No. 6 Auburn to Bill Snyder Family Stadium for a high-profile Thursday night matchup later in September.

"I think we're close," Kansas State linebacker Jonathan Truman said. "I'm glad we had this firs game to kind of knock the rust off."

Stephen F. Austin's Joe Minden threw for 107 yards in relief of ineffective quarterback Zach Conque, and Gus Johnson had a 30-yard touchdown run after being suspended for the first half.

The Lumberjacks, routed by Texas Tech a year ago, still have never beaten a team from the Big 12 in eight tries. They're just 3-11 against the Football Bowl Subdivision.

"We're certainly disappointed but we're not discouraged," said Clint Conque, who took over Stephen F. Austin after 14 seasons at Central Arkansas. "We knew it was going to be a challenge coming in here but we'll take a lot of positives from it."

Stunned in last year's opener by North Dakota State, another team from the Football Championship Subdivision, Kansas State refused to look ahead to bigger games down the road.

The Wildcats forced an opening punt and quickly went to work, grinding away on a march that ended with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett. It was the 19th career TD grab of his career, moving him within seven of his father Kevin Lockett's career school record.

Lockett barely played the rest of the way, and Snyder refused to say why, other than it was his decision. Lockett does have a history of hamstring injuries.

Asked whether he'll play next week, Snyder replied: "If I want him to."

It hardly mattered whether he played Saturday night. Waters capped another long drive by keeping the ball on a read-option for a 5-yard score, and Jones took a carry out of the Wildcat formation virtually untouched for a 15-yard touchdown run and a 21-0 lead.

Conque benched his son after three poor drives, and Minden quickly led the Lumberjacks to a touchdown. But the quarterback was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct -- he "shushed the crowd," referee Reggie Smith said -- and resumed sitting on the bench until late in the third quarter.

By that point, Waters had scored on a quarterback sneak and thrown a soft fade pass to Cook in the corner of the end zone, and Jones had scored on a 4-yard run to make it 42-10.

The game getting out of hand, Minden went back in for Stephen F. Austin. He completed a pair of passes before Johnson broke loose down the sideline for his crowd-quieting touchdown run.

As the fourth quarter ticked away, Snyder decided to rest his starters, and one of the worst defenses in the FCS still couldn't stop the Wildcats. Backup quarterback Joe Hubener threw a 15-yard TD pass to Steven West as fans began to empty the stadium.

"We won, obviously. Now we have to check out the film and see how much we can improve," Kansas State defensive end Ryan Mueller said. "We know we have a lot of work to do and we're going to handle those adjustments."


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1429
Total Yards294478
3rd Down Conversions5-148-14
4th Down Conversions0-12-2

Passing Leaders

Zach Conque17/301183.900
Joe Minden7/910711.900
Jake Waters19/282238.021
Joe Hubener1/2157.510

Rushing Leaders

Gus Johnson8263.3130
Joe Minden3258.3118
Jake Waters17553.2215
Charles Jones8556.9215

Receiving Leaders

Aaron Thomas68514.2037
Robert Sylvester24120.5030
DeMarcus Robinson44711.8016
Kody Cook34414.7122

Scoring Summary

TD7:09Tyler Lockett 9 Yd pass from Jake Waters (Jack Cantele Kick)07
TD14:51Jake Waters 5 Yd Run (Jack Cantele Kick)014
TD11:13Charles Jones 15 Yd Run (Jack Cantele Kick)021
TD6:57Joe Minden 18 Yd Run (Jordan Wiggs Kick)721
TD3:04Jake Waters 1 Yd Run (Jack Cantele Kick)728
FG0:53Jordan Wiggs 33 Yd Field Goal 1028
TD8:55Kody Cook 22 Yd pass from Jake Waters (Jack Cantele Kick)1035
TD7:41Charles Jones 4 Yd Run (Jack Cantele Kick)1042
TD4:03Gus Johnson 30 Yd Run (Jordan Wiggs PAT failed)1642
FG14:50Jack Cantele 43 Yd Field Goal 1645
TD8:38Steven West 15 Yd pass from Joe Hubener (Matthew McCrane Kick)1652
FG2:34Jack Cantele 38 Yd Field Goal 1655