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K-State Football blows out Central Arkansas in season opener

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It was a nice season opener for K-State football, as the Wildcats took the lead against Central Arkansas and never looked back. KSU won the game by a score of 55-19.

Kansas State seemingly picked up right where they left off on the football field and took the Central Arkansas Bears to school in the first game of the season.

While the game was tied after the first quarter, the Wildcats offense warmed up in the second quarter. Kansas State scored four touchdowns in the second quarter and from there, the guys looked like the 20th best team in the nation.

Quarterback Jesse Ertz only completed ten passes, but he only attempted 16 on the entire night. Ertz’s ten passes were good for 333 yards and a whopping four touchdowns. I’d say he did well in that area.

The KSU run game was decent, as the rushing attack totaled 186 yards on the night. Skylar John Thompson led the team in rushing with 49 yards off of three carries while Dalvin Warmack and Alex Barnes both found the end zone.

Ertz connected with four different receivers for touchdowns: Byron Pringle, Isaiah Harris, Dalton Schoen, and Isaiah Zuber. Pringle and Harris both had over 100 yards receiving and looked to be Ertz’s favorite targets in the season opener.

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The defense let the Bears press early, but settled down in the second half, only allowing Central Arkansas to score a field goal. The Wildcats shut out the Bears in the fourth quarter and looked like the K-State defense we’ve come to know and love.

D.J. Reed had the lone interception in the game, picking off Hayden Hildebrand of Central Arkansas in the second quarter. Reed looks to build his impressive resumé for K-State and hopefully the interceptions will continue to come easy for him.

Next up, K-State football will host the Charlotte 49ers next weekend. Kansas State should comfortably win that game and maybe they’ll be able to move up the national rankings after their first two games.

All in all, it was a successful season opener for Kansas State and this should hopefully be a memorable season for KSU and for the fans. This is one of the most talented teams we’ve seen in a few years and the drive appears to be there for this group, as we saw n their 55-19 blowout on Saturday evening.

Let’s hope for an even bigger blowout in their second game next weekend.