K-State Grounds Out Win Over UCLA

Daniel Thomas is hoisted in the air by his teammates after the first of his two rushing touchdowns on Saturday.

Sept. 4, 2010


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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP)-- Daniel Thomas rushed for 235 yards and two touchdowns and Kansas State rallied for a 31-22 victory over UCLA Saturday before a crowd of 51,059, the biggest for a home opener in Wildcat history.

There were three touchdowns in the final 123 seconds and Kansas State had two, including Thomas' 35-yard gallop after the Wildcats fell on UCLA's onside kick.

Thomas, the Big 12's leading rusher last year, set up scores with several big runs, including one for 44 yards and another for 29. His 28 carries and 235 yards were both career highs.

After Carson Coffman's 5-yard TD pass to Brodrick Smith put Kansas State ahead 24-16 with 2:03 left, UCLA's Kevin Prince connected with Ricky Marvray on a 29-yard TD toss. A 2-point conversion pass failed, then Kansas State recovered the onside kick.