Daniel Thomas Could be Nightmare for Nebraska Defense
Nebraska will have its hands full when it heads to Manhattan in a few weeks. Daniel Thomas made mincemeat out of the UCLA defense Saturday in a 31-22 win. If you remember Thomas made life tough on the Blackshirts in Lincoln last season. Read the game notes below from the KSU athletic department:
• Saturday’s game between Kansas State and UCLA marked the start of the 115th season of college football… K-State is now 459-604-41 (.432)… The series between the Wildcats and Bruins is now tied at one game apiece… Bill Snyder-led K-State teams have won 18 consecutive season openers… Under Snyder, K-State is 63-14 (.818) against non-conference opponents, while the Wildcats are 13-7 against BCS conference schools, including a 4-0 mark at home… K-State is now 55-3 (.948) in its last 58 games against non-conference foes at home… UCLA is the first non-conference BCS school to visit Manhattan for the season and home opener since 1982 and just the fourth in school history… Since the start of the 1990 season, K-State is 107-23-1 (.946) when playing at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
• Saturday afternoon’s contest was broadcast to a national audience on ABC/ESPN2… The Wildcats are now 62-60 (.508) in games broadcast on television… This was the first televised non-conference game that served as both the season and home opener in school history.
• Kansas State extended its scoring streak to 165 consecutive games on Daniel Thomas’ one-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter… The streak is the 10th longest in the nation and the second longest in the Big 12 behind Nebraska’s 176-game streak.
• K-State scored a touchdown on its first drive of the season, which was a 10-play, 55-yard effort that extinguished 5:27 off the clock… Last season, K-State scored on its first possession of the game seven times including four touchdowns… Last season, K-State had 13 scorings drives of 10-or more plays.
• K-State scored a touchdown on its first drive of the second half, a four-play, 80-yard effort… Last season, K-State scored on its first possession of the second half six times including five touchdowns… Last season, K-State scored a touchdown on its opening possession of each half three times the last time at Oklahoma on Oct. 31.
• Senior running back and All-American candidate Daniel Thomas registered a career-high 28 carries for 234 yards and two touchdowns…His rushing effort was the 12th 200+ yard rushing game in school history and the fifth-single game total in school history…Highest rushing total by a Wildcat since Darren Sproles set the school record with 292 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 18, 2004… This was Thomas’ sixth career game with 100+ rushing yards, which ties him for 9th in school history (Ell Roberson, 2000-03, 6)… During the game, Thomas moved up the K-State career rushing chart from 18th to 13th (17th – Mack Green, 1269; 16th – Don Calhoun, 1300; 15th – Michael Bishop, 1314; 14th – Bill Butler, 1400; 13th – Roosevelt Duncan, 1434) by finishing the day with 1,499 career rushing yards… Thomas also recorded two receptions for a team-high 15 yards.
• Senior quarterback Carson Coffman recorded his fifth career start on Saturday and finished 11-of-16 for 66 yards and a touchdown.
• Senior running back William Powell carded six carries for 72 yards and a touchdown… These were his first career totes… His first career touchdown run came on a 28-yard scamper on the Wildcats’ first drive of the second half.
• Tramaine Thompson became the first freshman to return a punt since David Allen in 1997… He finished the afternoon with three returns for 38 yards.
• Aubrey Quarles tallied one catch for 13 yards… His first reception of the day came early in the first quarter, which was his first catch since Nov. 8, 2008 at Missouri.
• Sophomore wide receiver Brodrick Smith registered his first career touchdown reception as a Wildcat late in the fourth quarter, a five-yard grab… He finished with three receptions for 14 yards and a touchdown.
• Junior defensive back David Garrett snared his first career interception with eight seconds remaining in the first half… Garrett finished the game with six total tackles, including 1.5 for loss and broke up two passes to go along with his interception.
• Sophomore placekicker Anthony Cantele registered his first career field goal with 2:04 to play in the third quarter, a 35-yard effort…He was also perfect on his four extra point attempts…Cantele also handled kickoff duties with four touchbacks, which was the most since Brooks Rossman registered four against Oklahoma on Oct. 25, 2008.