Hubener Strong in First Start in K-State's 30-3 win at UTSA

GAME RECAP

30

3

RV/RV
K-STATE
WILDCATS
2-0 (0-0 Big 12)

NR
UTSA
ROADRUNNERS
0-2 (0-0 C-USA)

LEADERS:
J. Hubener (QB): 12-23, 243yds
J. Hubener (QB): 17car, 58yds 1TD
A. Davis (WR): 4rec 73yds

LEADERS:
B. Bogenschutz (QB): 20-33, 156yds
J. Williams (RB): 10car, 31yds
A. Grubb (WR): 9rec 48yds

TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
K-State 0 7 6 17 30
UTSA 3 0 0 0 3

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Kansas State scored 30 unanswered points behind a solid performance from junior quarterback Joe Hubener, as the Wildcats topped the UTSA Roadrunners, 30-3, on Saturday before 29,424 fans at the Alamodome. The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak when playing in a domed stadium.

Overcoming a slow start in the first quarter, K-State (2-0) had no trouble moving the ball, posting 418 yards of total offense on its way to a 27-point win. Holding a narrow 7-3 lead at the half, the Wildcats exploded for 23 points and 254 yards of total offense, including 111 on the ground, in the second half. It marked the second-straight game that the Wildcats scored at least 30 points. 

Hubener finished the day with a career-high 243 yards passing on 12-of-23 attempts to go with a team-high 58 yards rushing and a touchdown. Hubener was one of six players that helped the Wildcats total 175 yards on the ground on 44 attempts and three touchdowns. Redshirt freshmen Winston Dimel and Justin Silmon each recorded touchdowns, as Silmon picked up his first career score to start the fourth quarter. 

Dimel led all receivers with 80 yards on two catches, including a 53-yard reception in the second quarter, while senior Andre Davis had 73 yards on a team-high four catches.

On the defensive side, K-State allowed just three points on 229 total yards to UTSA (0-2), which had 32 points and 525 yards of total offense in its loss to No. 22 Arizona in the season opener. The Wildcats held the Roadrunners to just 37 rushing yards, the second-straight week that the defense has held an opponent to under 100 yards rushing.

The three points allowed through the first two games are the fewest since 2002.

Junior linebacker Will Davis led the defense with nine tackles on the day, while senior defensive tackle Travis Britz added four tackles of his own, including two sacks. Senior defensive back Nate Jackson had a career-high six stops.

K-State got a strong performance from back-up kicker Jack Cantele, who replaced Matthew McCrane early in the game after he went out with an injury. Cantele went a perfect 3-of-3 on the day, converting from 29, 27, and 21 yards. 

UTSA would jump on the scoreboard first, as place-kicker Daniel Portillo converted on a 51-yard field goal to cap a 10-play, 45-yard drive on the Roadrunners’ first possession. The teams would trade possessions throughout the first quarter until Hubener scored from one-yard out with 11:34 left in the second quarter. The score capped a 9-play, 88-yard drive by the Wildcats, which was highlighted by Dimel’s 53-yard catch.

Leading 7-3 at halftime, K-State responded with an 8-play, 41-yard drive to open the third quarter that was capped by a 29-yard field goal by Cantele at the 10:47 mark that gave the Wildcats a 10-3 lead. All but four yards of the drive came on a 36-yard reception by Davis from Hubener. After forcing a three-and-out, the team added a second Cantele field goal of the quarter – a 27-yarder at the 4:34 mark – to extend the lead to 13-3. 

The Wildcats pushed their advantage to 20-3 just 10 seconds into the fourth quarter with a 14-yard touchdown run by Silmon, who had 38 of the drive’s 62 yards on five carries. The score was Silmon’s first of his career.

K-State took advantage of terrific field position on its next possession, as the defense stopped the Roadrunners on 4th and 6 from its own 36 with 13:47 left in the fourth quarter. The team drove all the way to the UTSA 2 before a penalty stalled the drive, forcing Cantele’s third field goal of the day – a 21-yarder – to give the Wildcats a 23-3 lead with 10:49 to play.

Dimel capped the game off with the team’s third rushing touchdown of the game, punching it in from one yard out for his third score of the year. He finished the game with 98 total yards, including 80 yards receiving. The 10-play, 62-yard drive was highlighted by redshirt freshman Dalvin Warmack’s 22-yard scamper.

The Wildcats return home next Saturday for their final non-conference test, as the team hosts the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1 C-USA). Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. CST and can be seen on the Fox Sports Network.