K-State routs Bears, 61-10


Maybe it was a gut feeling. Maybe it was something he saw on game film. Whatever it was, K-State coach Ron Prince had something on the Missouri State secondary. He exposed them with his senior wide receiver. Jordy Nelson set a pair of school records with 15 catches and 209 receiving yards, sending K-State to a 61-10 thumping of the Bears Saturday night at Snyder Family Stadium. The 61 points were the most by a K-State team since scoring 64 against Kansas on Nov. 2, 2002. “We thought we had a matchup in our favor with Jordy tonight,” Prince said. “Jordy made the most of every opportunity that we gave him.” He sure did. Nelson started the rout by throwing a 24-yard touchdown pass to Deon Murphy on a reverse play with 11:55 left in the first quarter — his second passing TD of the season — and also scored on an 18-yard reception late in the third quarter. In addition to his big day offensively, he was equally impressive in the return game. He finished with 82 punt return yards on two attempts, nearly breaking both of them for scores. “He almost had the hat trick,” said Prince, referring to what would have been Nelson’s third different way of finding the end zone. “That would have been cool.” The Wildcats jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead, helped along by a touchdown apiece from running backs James Johnson and Leon Patton. K-State led 27-7 at halftime, and blew the game open in the third. Johnson, who rushed for 114 yards on 16 carries, scored twice in the first eight minutes of the second half, giving K-State a 41-7 lead and allowing many of the team’s backups to get playing time. One of those backups, senior running back Terry Petrie, scored the Wildcats’ final touchdown with a 3-yard plunge with 1:55 remaining. K-State finished with 546 yards of total offense, its highest output of the season and the most since gaining 658 against North Texas in 2005. Quarterback Josh Freeman went 26 of 39 for 287 yards and a touchdown. Murphy had four catches for 52 yards and the first-quarter TD reception. The Wildcats (2-1) have a week off before traveling to Austin, Texas, for a game against the Longhorns on Sept. 29.