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NCAA Game Summary - Kansas State at Marshall



(Saturday, September 10th)

Final Score: Kansas State 21, Marshall 19

Huntington, WV (Sports Network) - Defensive back Justin McKinney intercepted his second pass of the game with just three seconds to play to preserve the 21-19 victory for the Kansas State Wildcats over the Marshall Thundering Herd in non-conference play from Edwards Stadium.

Marshall (1-1) chose to run a pass play with eight seconds remaining in the contest, after forcing a turnover of its own with less than a minute to play, rather than center the ball for a field goal attempt that would have given the home team the potential one-point victory.

McKinney finished the contest with a forced fumble and three tackles as well for the Wildcats (2-0).

The Herd put the first points on the board early in the opening quarter thanks to a 44-yard field goal by Ian O'Connor. Marshall pushed its lead to 10-0 with a six-yard TD run by Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw produced 58 yards on 16 carries on the afternoon.

Kansas State then surged back with three unanswered touchdowns of its own, beginning with a 38-yard scoring run by Thomas Clayton. With 17 seconds remaining in the opening period Jordy Nelson reeled in a 23-yard scoring strike from Allen Webb to give the Wildcats at 14-10 edge at the end of the first.

Clayton carried the ball 26 times for 152 yards and also caught three balls for 45 yards in the contest. Webb was 10-of-19 for 126 yards and two scores, but was sacked three times and intercepted once on the way to the win.

Early in the second quarter Kansas State struck again, this time with Webb hitting Clayton with a 26-yard TD pass to give the Wildcats a 21-10 advantage.

With just over five minutes to play in the opening half, O'Connor cut the deficit to eight points with a 21-yard field goal for the Thundering Herd.

Following a scoreless third quarter, Bradshaw found his way into the end zone once again for Marshall on a one-yard run. But with more than 14 minutes remaining in the contest, the Herd opted to try for a two-point conversion, but the pass from Jimmy Skinner fell incomplete, leaving the Wildcats with the 21-19 advantage.

Skinner, who shared time under center with Bernie Morris, was 15-of-25 for 189 yards and a pair of picks, while Morris added 73 yards through the air on 7- of-12 passing.

Marshall ended up with 336 yards of total offense, compared to 334 for the Wildcats, but it was Kansas State that controlled the clock thanks to 208 yards rushing on 46 attempts, while the Herd produced just 74 yards on 26 chances.

09/10 15:04:50 ET


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