October 23, 2006

Powercat of the game: James Johnson

Heading into Saturday's game at Missouri just once had a Kansas State running back topped the 100-yard mark in a contest this season, so the fact the Wildcats had two backs rush for more than 100 yards in a 41-21 loss to the Tigers certainly served as a surprise.

Most surprising was the effort of James Johnson, who not only notched his first career 100-yard game, but did so by rushing for more than 100 yards in the second half alone.

Johnson, a junior college transfer from Blinn (Texas) Community College, was rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and was saddled with high expectations upon signing with K-State. Johnson's impact wasn't felt immediately, however, as academic troubles kept him from joining the program at the start of fall practice.

Johnson's first extended action didn't come until Saturday's game in Columbia, but he proved just why he was such a highly touted recruit by rushing for 127 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

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