No. 8 Louisville gets past K-State, 24-6

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State’s defense stood tall and Thomas Clayton rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown, but No. 8 Louisville proved to be too much as the Cardinals handed the Wildcats their first setback of the season, 24-6.

The Wildcats held the nation’s top scoring offense to less than half its average and its fewest points in nearly a year. But K-State had a tough time cashing in on opportunities, coming away without any points on three drives that ended inside the Louisville 30-yard line.

In the end, Kansas State held the high-octane Cardinal offense to their fewest passing yards in 15 games, but it wasn’t enough to derail Louisville.

Hunter Cantwell threw for 173 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown to Harry Douglas to cap a 97-yard drive on Louisville’s opening possession of the game.

The K-State defense settled in and held the Cardinals to just 87 yards the rest of the half as Louisville took a 10-0 lead into the locker room, thanks to a 25-yard Art Carmody field goal with 4:17 to go in the second quarter.

The Wildcats were unable to dent the scoreboard until early in the fourth quarter, when Clayton ripped off a 69-yard run for K-State’s only points of the game.

After George Stripling's 1-yard run put the Cardinals on top 17-0 in the third quarter, Louisville turned the ball over on two fumbles and an interception.

Marcus Watts picked off Cantwell's underthrown ball and returned it 68 yards to the Cardinals 19. But freshman Josh Freeman, who had replaced Dylan Meier at quarterback, was sacked for a five-yard loss on third down and then Malik Jackson blocked Jeff Snodgrass' 40-yard field goal attempt and Louisville took possession on the 46.

Two plays later, Brock Bolen scored on a 17-yard run for a 24-0 lead, putting Louisville safely ahead.