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K-State Football puts up 55 points in victory vs Charlotte

MANHATTAN, KS - SEPTEMBER 09: Quarterback Jesse Ertz #16 of the Kansas State Wildcats calls out a play in the huddle against the Charlotte 49ers during the first half on September 9, 2017 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, KS - SEPTEMBER 09: Quarterback Jesse Ertz #16 of the Kansas State Wildcats calls out a play in the huddle against the Charlotte 49ers during the first half on September 9, 2017 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) /
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K-State football is 2-0 to start the year after blowing out the Charlotte 49ers in Manhattan on Saturday. The Wildcats won the game by a score of 55-7 and looked dominant throughout.

How ’bout them Wildcats? No one really expected the Kansas State Wildcats to fall to the Charlotte 49ers in this game, but it was nice to see the Cats come away with their second straight blowout of the season.

The offense had a nice outing once again. Quarterback Jesse Ertz went 16 of 21 for 178 yards and rushed for 76 yards off of 13 carries. Ertz rushed for one touchdown on the day.

The rushing attack was at its peak, racking up over 300 yards and scoring five touchdowns on the ground. Alex Barnes had the most yards, taking the ball 16 times for 99 yards and a touchdown. The other four rushing touchdowns were from Ertz, Dalvin Warmack, Mike McCoy, and Winston Dimel.

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Through the air, Ertz didn’t throw for any touchdowns, but he and Isaiah Zuber appeared to have the best connection on Saturday. Zuber had seven catches for 73 yards.

Ertz did a good enough job, despite not throwing for any touchdowns, and was pulled in the fourth quarter. Skylar Thompson, the backup out of Independence, Missouri, went on to complete one pass for 11 yards in his limited appearance on the field.

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The K-State defense was all over 49ers quarterback Hasaan Klugh, who had proven to be a threat running with the football in last week’s game. Klugh had a rough day in Manhattan, however, only completing eight of 19 passes for 33 yards and was picked off once. Backup quarterback Brooks Barden didn’t fare much better, completing just two of six passes for 25 yards and an interception.

Kendall Adams showed up big on Saturday, returning a fumble for a touchdown and intercepting Charlotte as well. If he continues to play as well as he did on Saturday, then this K-State secondary could be scarier than fans had given it credit for.

Next up for K-State football is a trip to Vanderbilt to face their only SEC opponent of the year. Vanderbilt isn’t a good team, in fact they’re probably the worst team in the SEC (or one of them), but it’s still an SEC squad and that’s a conference that prides itself on its tough defenses.

Kansas State might crawl another spot up the Top 25 rankings, but they’ve beaten two nobodies so far. A win over Vanderbilt would be enough to hopefully push them into the top 15 teams in the country.