December 28, 2006

Bowled over

Houston -- Kansas State played in its first bowl game since the 2003 season Thursday night against No. 16 Rutgers in the inaugural Texas Bowl, but there was little else for the Wildcats to be happy about after the contest kicked off inside of Houston's Reliant Stadium. The Scarlet Knights (11-2) controlled the game throughout, running over K-State (7-6) 37-10 behind 170 rushing yards from sophomore tailback Ray Rice.

The Scarlet Knights finished the contest out-gaining K-State 479 to 162 in total yardage and picked up a total of 21 first downs while allowing the Wildcats to move the chains just six times.

"They dominated as far as the play on the field between the lines, on the sidelines, and in every way," Wildcat head coach Ron Prince said. "Our defensive effort did not measure up to what we were hoping for, and the turnovers offensively were a work in progress all year.

"The players continued to battle and try to put things together, but we faced too much on defense and had too many unforced errors."

Rutgers took advantage of good field position to score the game's first points, as the Scarlet Knights started their second drive of the game from K-State's 35-yard line after a 15-yard kick-catch interference penalty on Marcus Watts. It took Rutgers six plays to draw first blood on a 14-yard touchdown toss from Mike Teel to wide receiver Tim Brown, making it 7-0 with 7:12 still left in the first quarter.

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