Kansas State, University of Miami: Wildcats beat Hurricanes 52-13

MANHATTAN, Kan-- The insults continued into the closing moments.

From their seats just behind the Miami bench, Kansas State students hurled cheap shots toward the stone-faced Hurricanes. They had little response at any point Saturday afternoon.

The 52-13 beating delivered by the No. 21 Wildcats was the most lopsided UM loss since closing the Orange Bowl in 2007 with a 48-0 loss to Virginia. The Wildcats exposed Miami's defensive shortcomings with a two-pronged offensive attack. Allowing 498 yards a week after surrendering 542 in a win at Boston College leaves the Hurricanes searching for answers.

"I didn't think we had arrived last week, and clearly we can't play that way against Kansas State out here and spot them a lead and think we're going to come back," coach Al Golden said.

Miami (1-1) watched Kansas State grab the same 14-0 lead it gave Boston College a week ago, but Wildcat quarterback Collin Klein's offense never let their foot off the gas. Completing 9 of 11 passes for 210 yards, Klein also scored three rushing touchdowns on 22 carries for 71 yards.

The hosts ran first, then burned Miami's secondary for long pass plays. The Wildcats effectively ensured victory by taking a 31-6 lead in the third quarter. Golden said Miami made "a million adjustments," but never found the right combination for a second straight week.

Hurricane safety Vaughn Telemaque had a look of shock 30 minutes after the game.

"There's no real answer," he said. "We just, I don't know. I feel we were really prepared. We were ready to go out there. We were motivated and they just stuck it to us."

It was an efficient beating. Kansas State scored on eight of its 11 possessions including each of the first four. The 288 rushing yards were balanced by the 210 through the air.

Defensive end Anthony Chickillo said the number of mental errors was staggering. There was an "angry" feeling in locker room, he said, because of the many breakdowns.

All discontent was focused inward, Chickillo said, and not toward defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio.

"It's on our guys not executing and doing what they're supposed to be doing — freelancing," Chickillo said. "Even if he does make a bad call, we have to cover him. That's what great defenses do. People like you wouldn't even notice."

Kansas State turned the ball over once and a last-minute punt preserved a long-standing streak for the Hurricanes. It forced at least one punt in every game since 1994.

Miami had moderate success offensively, but only found the end zone in the closing moments. The three lost fumbles cost the Hurricanes momentum and forced the staggering defense back onto the field.

UM quarterback Stephen Morris threw for 215 yards by completing 19-of-26 passes, but was sacked five times and fumbled twice. He said the locker room felt "surreal" a week after celebrating the 41-32 win at Boston College a week earlier. Miami's backfield averaged just 1.4 yards a run on 29 attempts.

Miami had early success after Kansas State drove the field for an opening score. Answering back with two long passes to Allen Hurns, Miami was in position to tie the game. Then, after gaining a few yards on third-and-one, Miami backup running back Eduardo Clements fumbled it back to the Wildcats on their 42.

"We can't do that," Golden said. "We have a chance to answer right there and settle in a little bit. We never really settled in. We never could really just settle in and get to a game with them for a variety of reasons."

Kansas State drove back down for another score and Miami never got closer than 14-3 the rest of the game.

The lone touchdown came after Ryan Williams replaced Morris at quarterback. Freshman Duke Johnson's 77-yard kickoff return set up the 4-play, 17-yard drive ending with a 2-yard pass to tight end Clive Walford.

After two long-distance road games, the Hurricanes will play in Miami next week to face FCS member Bethune Cookman in Sun Life Stadium.

 

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