September 9, 2006

K-State cruises to shutout win over Owls

Kansas State fought to survive in its season opener, but in week two the Wildcats thrived, hammering Florida Atlantic 45-0 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday night. A 37-minute weather delay starting at the end of the first quarter could have put a halt to the momentum K-State built by claiming a 14-0 lead, but it only delayed the inevitable, as FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger remarked, "(The delay) prolonged the hurt and agony."

The Wildcats wasted little time inflicting the first blow of the contest, as on the game's opening kickoff cornerback Justin McKinney set sail on an 86-yard return for a touchdown. McKinney's score, which was K-State's third special teams touchdown in just two weeks, gave the Wildcats a quick 7-0 lead and represented the first game-opening kickoff return for a touchdown for K-State since Red Elder turned the trick back in 1936.

"I was very pleased with the special teams, the kicking game, to start the game," Coach Ron Prince said. "We want to be explosive in that area of football. A lot of good individual efforts led to that (return)."

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