TOPEKA, Kan. (THE DRIVE) Jayhawk true freshman Pooka Williams rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns as Kansas snapped the second-longest road losing streak in college football history at 46 games, winning 31-7 at Central Michigan on Saturday.
The defense forced six turnovers, including four interceptions of Central Michigan quarterback Tony Poljan. Central Michigan only had one first down in the first half, compiling 60 yards on 20 snaps.
Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender was 17-of-26 passing for 130 yards, connecting with wide receiver Kerr Johnson Jr. for a 31-yard touchdown to open the scoring.
After a close overtime lose and a victory, Kansas is starting this year off stronger and looks to be a contender this year, while David Beaty holds onto the role of coach for awhile longer.
The combo of Nick Fitzgerald and Kylin Hill was too much for Kansas State, losing to Mississippi State 31-10. Hill ran for 211 yards and 3 scores, and Fitzgerald threw for 154 yards with TD and 159 yards rushing.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats' two-quarterback system of Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton struggled to get going. Thompson was 7 of 17 for 86 yards and a touchdown while running for 34 yards, and Delton was 2 of 4 for 14 yards with an interception that led to the Bulldogs' TD late in the first half.
Alex Barnes was able to gain 75 yards and keep Kansas State in the game. Barnes, even with the fumbles last week is the conference leader in rushing right now. Kansas State was returning all five starters for the offensive line but struggled against the Bulldogs.