Coming off of a dominating performance at home last weekend against Nicholls, Kansas State wanted to back that performance up with a similar one against Bowling Green before traveling to Mississippi State next weekend for a tough non-conference game. The Wildcats did just that by handling Bowling Green even easier than they did their FCS opponent in their first game.
Kansas State jumped on top on the first possession of the game with a field goal and things just got worse for Bowling Green from there. Kansas State led 38-0 at the half on their way to a 52-0 win.
Player of the Game:
There were many good performances for the Wildcats in this game but I am splitting the award between the leading rushers on Saturday: James Gilbert and Jordon Brown. Gilbert carried the ball eight times for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Brown rushed four times for 64 yards and a touchdown.
The turning point in this game is going to Jordon Brown’s 50-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to put the Wildcats up 10-0. The run finished off a seven play, 84-yard touchdown drive and the Wildcats never led by less than double digits again.
The defense was in control all game. They held Bowling Green to just 79 yards passing and 61 yards rushing.
The offensive line did a nice job for the Wildcats in this game. The blocking allowed for Kansas State rushers to gain 333 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. They also gave Skylar Thompson plenty of time to pass and complete ten of his 13 passes on the day.
Skylar Thompson looked terrific for the second consecutive game. We have to remember the quality of the opponents in the first two games but Thompson’s play is very encouraging. It’s only going to get more difficult from here. Thompson gives the Wildcats a chance in most games. It’s hard to see how Bill Snyder didn’t have more confidence in Skylar Thompson.
The schedule for Kansas State gets a lot more difficult in a hurry. Next Saturday the Wildcats travel to Starkville, Mississippi to play a 2-0 Mississippi State team. We will learn a lot more about Kansas State after that game. That game will be the last game for Kansas State prior to their Big 12 opener at Oklahoma State.