Kansas St. 28, Miami 24

Kansas State stopped Miami quarterback Jacory Harris’

fourth-down run at the goal line with 49 seconds left, capping a

brilliant late stand that sealed the Wildcats’ 28-24 win over the

Hurricanes on Saturday.

John Hubert ran for 166 yards and the go-ahead touchdown for the

Wildcats (3-0). Collin Klein passed for two scores and ran for

another for Kansas State, which blew an 11-point halftime lead

before rallying.

Harris threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns for Miami (1-2),

which got 106 yards and a touchdown from Lamar Miller. Miami had

first-and-goal at the Kansas State 2 with 1:52 left, but a

first-down pass fell incomplete, two Mike James runs were stopped

and then Harris’ knee was deemed down by replay officials after the

on-field call was that he scored.

”We have no one to blame but ourselves,” Miami coach Al Golden

said.

It was the 145th time in the last 150 games where Kansas State

won when leading at halftime, and the Wildcats earned this one.

Miller’s 59-yard touchdown run with 2:52 left in the third

quarter got Miami within 21-17, and Harris found Travis Benjamin

with a 34-yard scoring pass 43 seconds into the fourth quarter to

give Miami a three-point lead.

A short-lived lead, at that.

Bolstered by a 47-yard run by Hubert on third-and-1 – Miami was

in something akin to goal-line defense, with just about everyone on

the line of scrimmage 70 yards from its own end zone – Kansas State

went 80 yards on eight plays. Hubert’s burst from 2 yards out

capped the drive, putting Miami in need of late heroics.

Harris almost delivered.

Buoyed along by 33-yard pass to Chase Ford, and a pass

interference call against Kansas State’s Nigel Malone in the end

zone, the Hurricanes were 2 yards away from the win with four plays

to get there. They wound up a few inches short.

”We have to execute,” Golden said. ”That’s on us. We didn’t

get it done.”

Klein finished with 93 yards rushing for Kansas State, which won

despite being outgained 411-398. His arms bloodied from a few

scrapes with the Florida Marlins’ infield dirt, Klein completed 12

of 18 passes for 133 yards.

Harris completed 21 of 31 passes, and Benjamin caught six balls

for 91 yards to lead Miami.

Klein set the tone on the first possession, leading K-State 63

yards on 11 plays and going in from 2 yards out to give the

Wildcats a 7-3 lead with 5:57 left in the first quarter. He was a

perfect 6-for-6 passing for 80 yards in the first quarter – against

a Miami defense that in four quarters against Ohio State last week

allowed four completed passes for 35 yards.

Klein connected with Tyler Lockett from 20 yards out with 13:28

left in the half, and the Wildcats were up 14-3.

Here’s how good Klein was: When Kansas State seemed on the brink

of trouble, his feet were more than enough to keep the Wildcats

afloat.

”Their quarterback played exceptional,” Golden said. ”Got to

give Kansas State credit.”

The Wildcats committed penalties on four consecutive plays

midway through the second quarter – holding on a completed pass,

then two false starts sandwiched around a delay of game while Miami

linebacker Sean Spence waved his arms to incite more noise from the

decidedly less-than-full stadium. After John Hubert was stuffed on

an option pitch, Kansas State faced 2nd-and-29 from its own 3.

Just when it seemed like Miami was ready to grab some momentum,

Klein took over.

A 26-yard scamper while taking off from his own end zone on

second down, followed by a 13-yard run on the next play, got Kansas

State near midfield and averted disaster. Miami eventually forced a

punt, but did nothing with the ensuing possession and went into the

locker room down by 11 points.

A pair of false starts doomed Miami in the first quarter. The

Hurricanes settled for a field goal on the game’s opening drive

when Jon Feliciano jumped early on third-and-1 from the Kansas

State 17. And later in the period, Joel Figueroa – who had just

entered the game after Brandon Washington limped off shaken up –

moved early on a fourth-and-4 play where Harris had two open

receivers and wound up forcing the Hurricanes to punt.

Those mistakes wound up costing Miami dearly in the end.