GAMEDAY College Football

Kanass State 31, Southern Illinois 23

Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Deuce Vaughn scored a rushing touchdown with less than two minutes to play and Kansas State held on to beat FCS-member Southern Illinois 31-23.

The Wildcats defense forced a fumble on Southern Illinois' following possession to seal it. The Wildcats held the Salukis scoreless in the second half and surrendered just 126 yards.

"We're excited about getting the win," Kansas State coach Chris Klieman said. "I know the league they play in really well, and I know if we let them hang around they'll cause you trouble."

Kansas State starting quarterback Skylar Thompson left the game in the first quarter due to injury. Thompson appeared to suffer a non-contact injury in attempting to block for running back Vaughn.

Thompson, who is a sixth year senior, missed all but three games last year due to an injury to his throwing shoulder that required surgery. Thompson made his 32nd start at quarterback as a Wildcat, which tied him for most in school history.

"I was pretty emotional, I saw it happen last year and kind of had deja vu," Klieman said. "I'm devastated for him. We'll pray for the best."

Vaughn ran for 120 yards and three touchdowns while Malik Knowles had 112 receiving yards for Kansas State (2-0). Will Howard went 8-for-17 passing for 76 yards with a rushing touchdown and an interception.

Kansas State's offense stalled absent Thompson. A 21-3 Wildcat lead in the first half turned into a 23-21 deficit by halftime. The Wildcats had three straight possessions with a turnover and finished with four total.

Nic Baker threw for 176 yards and Javon Williams Jr. ran for 46 yards and two touchdowns for Southern Illinois (1-1); a top 10 team in FCS. Baker threw for a Southern Illinois record 460 yards last week.

"I feel like they're a good football team and we couldn't get in a rhythm," Southern Illinois coach Nick Hill said. "We had a chance in the end and we'll all hold each other accountable for getting better."


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SIUKanSt
KanSt TD 11:45 Deuce Vaughn 4 yard TD run (Taiten Winkel Extra Point) 0 7
KanSt TD 6:02 Will Howard 1 yard TD run (Taiten Winkel Extra Point) 0 14
Second Quarter SIUKanSt
SIU FG 14:21 Nico Gualdoni 32 yard field goal 3 14
KanSt TD 9:16 Deuce Vaughn 1 yard TD run (Taiten Winkel Extra Point) 3 21
SIU TD 5:09 Javon Williams Jr. 4 yard TD run (Tyce Daniel 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 9 21
SIU TD 4:14 Javon Williams Jr. 1 yard TD run (Nico Gualdoni Extra Point) 16 21
SIU TD 3:16 PJ Jules 41 yard interception return for TD (Nico Gualdoni Extra Point) 23 21
Third Quarter SIUKanSt
KanSt FG 5:56 Taiten Winkel 34 yard field goal 23 24
Fourth Quarter SIUKanSt
KanSt TD 1:57 Deuce Vaughn 4 yard TD run (Taiten Winkel Extra Point) 23 31
Team Stats
  Southern Illinois Kansas State
First downs 18 24
  Rushing 7 17
  Passing 9 7
  Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Efficiency 4-14, 29% 4-10, 40%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 40-102 49-208
Passing Yards 176 172
Return Yards 63 48
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-28-1 11-21-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 5-31 1-15
Punts 3 2
Fumbles Lost 2-2 2-2
Penalties - Yards 2-10 5-40
Southern Illinois Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
N. Baker 16 28 176 0 1
Kansas State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Thompson 3 4 96 0 1
W. Howard 8 17 76 0 1
Southern Illinois Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Williams Jr. 12 48 4.0 2
J. Strong 5 23 4.6 0
L. Lenoir 2 13 6.5 0
I. Hartrup 1 9 9.0 0
R. Elliott 5 7 1.4 0
N. Baker 15 2 0.1 0
Kansas State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Vaughn 26 120 4.6 3
J. Ervin 8 47 5.9 0
J. Wright 3 24 8.0 0
W. Howard 8 9 1.1 1
M. Knowles 1 4 4.0 0
P. Brooks 1 3 3.0 0
J. Dineen 1 2 2.0 0
Southern Illinois Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Lenoir 6 63 10.5 0
A. Cox 3 40 13.3 0
T. Daniel 3 33 11.0 0
I. Hartrup 2 20 10.0 0
J. Rollins 1 15 15.0 0
J. Strong 1 5 5.0 0
Kansas State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Knowles 4 112 28.0 0
L. Weber 2 30 15.0 0
P. Brooks 1 21 21.0 0
K. Garber 1 5 5.0 0
J. Dineen 1 3 3.0 0
D. Vaughn 2 1 .5 0
Southern Illinois Interceptions
Player Int Yards
P. Jules 1 41
C. Bush 1 22
Kansas State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Pickle 1 0
Southern Illinois Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Colquhoun 3 127 42.3
Kansas State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Zentner 2 92 46.0
Southern Illinois Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Kansas State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Southern Illinois Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Kansas State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Knowles 1 17 17.0
P. Brooks 1 31 31.0
Southern Illinois Missed FG
Player Length
N. Gualdoni 47
Kansas State Missed FG
Player Length
T. Winkel 24




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