What should Kansas State football fans take away from the Wildcats win over the Stanford Cardinal?
The Kansas State football team decisively handled the Stanford Cardinal, winning 24-7 in the Allstate Kickoff Classic. The Wildcats gave their fans a show in AT&T Stadium, overcoming the Stanford Cardinal to start the season.
The Wildcats rode quarterback Skylar Thompson and running back Deuce Vaughn to a 14-0 lead at halftime and the Wildcats did not look back.
Kansas State’s offense was all on the ground, with three scores coming from the rushing attack. Thompson, who returned from injury, scored two rushing touchdowns while going 9/14 for 144 yards through the air. He did throw an early interception to Stanford cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly, a concerning start in the 1st quarter.
Kansas State football: 3 takeaways from the Wildcats’ season-opening win
Following the interception, the Kansas State defense only allowed one drive longer than 40 yards. That lone drive ended with Stanford scoring their only points of the day late in the 4th quarter, with the game result already certain.
The Cardinal only mustered 39 rushing yards, a stark contrast to the Wildcats’ 200.
The win gives Kansas State momentum heading into Big 12 competition, opening against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Sept. 25. While dates with Southern Illinois and Nevada should not be overlooked, Kansas State’s dominant win against another Power 5 foe will highlight the Big 12 Week 1 news.
As Kansas State football fans have returned home from Texas, what should they take away from the game itself?