K-State beats Kansas 34-19 to give Bill Snyder win No. 200
Kansas State defensive back Donnie Starks (10) celebrates with linebacker Elijah Lee (9) after Starks made an interception and scored a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Alex Barnes ran for 103 yards and a touchdown, Winston Dimel also had two scores on the ground and Kansas State gave coach Bill Snyder his 200th win with a 34-19 victory over Kansas on Saturday.
The 77-year-old Snyder became the 26th coach to achieve 200 wins and the sixth to do so spending his career at one school, joining Joe Paterno, LaVelle Edwards, Tom Osborne, Chris Ault and Vince Dooley.
Snyder has 161 more wins than the second-winningest coach in Kansas State history.
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Quarterback Joe Hubener added his own TD run for the Wildcats (7-4, 5-3 Big 12) after taking over for Jesse Ertz, who left with an undisclosed injury early in the second half. Hubener got banged up and was briefly relieved by third-stringer Alex Delton, though he eventually returned to the game.
Carter Stanley threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns for the Jayhawks (2-10, 1-8), but he spent the entire game taking wicked blows behind a beat-up offensive line. Stanley also threw an interception that Donnie Starks returned for a touchdown that set the tone early in the game.
The pick-six followed a touchdown run by Barnes early in the second quarter and gave Kansas State a 20-3. The Wildcats then pushed it to 27-3 early in the second half on Dimel's second TD run.
The biggest highlight for the Jayhawks came when Stanley, their promising freshman quarterback, connected with LaQuvionte Gonzalez for a 95-yard touchdown pass – the third-longest in school history. Stanley also found Michael Zunica with a short TD pass early in the fourth quarter.
Stanley also fumbled with about 2 minutes left to prevent any sort of comeback.
Kansas was coming off an overtime win over Texas, its first Big 12 win in two years, and aiming for back-to-back victories for the first time in five years. But the Jayhawks still have a long way to go to catch up to their biggest rival, which has won 21 of the past 25 meetings.
Kansas State was far from perfect. There was a muffed onside kick, an extra point that was blocked, a fumble by Hubener in the closing minutes and five penalties that left Snyder miffed on the sideline.
Kansas begins preparing for next season. The Jayhawks made significant gains after going winless a year ago, and now it's up to coach David Beaty to keep building the program.
Kansas State awaits its bowl fate. The Texas Bowl appears the most likely destination, but other possibilities include the Russell Athletic Bowl, Cactus Bowl and Alamo Bowl.