It wasn't pretty in the first half. In fact, it was more or less a disaster after 30 minutes.
But in the second half the ship righted, and K-State pulled away for a comfortable 51-9 win. A few quick hitters below about the game:
--Overcoming a slow start. We did that a lot last season, but it was nice to see that a slow start did not lead to a 10-7 win over an FCS team like it did last year.
--Running the ball down their throw. Yeah, I know, it's an FCS team. But 324 yards at 8.1 yards per carry is more than OK by me.
--Making some big plays. John Hubert broke a 95-yard touchdown run, Daniel Sams took it to the house from 46 yards away, and Tramaine Thompson went 89 yards for six on a punt return.
--A solid effort from Collin Klein. If he goes 19-28 for 169 yards and two touchdowns every game, that will be just fine. Of course, every team is not Missouri State, but it was not a bad start for Optimus.
--Another slow start. Yeah, we were worried about losing to an FCS team well into the third quarter.
--Passing defense. Pass rush. We gave up 323 passing yards to an FCS team. Most of the time, it looked like we weren't even rushing the passer. We had zero sacks against an FCS team. That's unacceptable, and it's going to kill us against better teams.
Miami comes to Manhattan next week. The Hurricanes overcame a poor first half to beat Boston College, 41-32, today. If the team that we saw in the second half tonight shows up next week against the Hurricanes, we'll win easily. But this defense is going to make things interesting all season long.