Kansas State football vs. Nevada final score and recap: K-State picks up 38-17 win

Arne Green
Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas State was at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan to face Nevada in its final nonconference game on Saturday. Reporter Arne Green also was there and had live updates and analysis throughout the game. A recap of that is below. Kansas State won, 38-17.

Kansas State takes control

Kansas State gets a big fourth-down stop at its 38-yard line and drives 62 yards in 6-plus minutes to go up 31-17 on Will Howard's 2-yard run with 6:12 left. The Wildcats then stop Nevada on four downs to take over at the Wolf Pack 31 at the 5:23 mark.

K-State regains the lead

After Nevada tied the game with 10 straight third-quarter points to tie the game at 17, K-State came right back with a 75-yard drive ending with an 11-yard Deuce Vaughn touchdown run on the first play of the fourth

Nevada roars back to tie it with a field goal and TD

Nevada ties the game on a 14-yard pass from Carson Strong to Elijah Cooks with 4:08 left in the third quarter. The nine-play, 42-yard scoring drive took 5:07 off the clock and was set up by a shanked K-State punt.

The Wolf Pack also scored on their first possession of the half, getting a 46-yard field goal from Brandon Talton.

Kansas State leads Nevada at the half, 17-7

A Tee Denson interception set up another K-State scoring drive resulting in a 37-yard Taiten Winkel field goal for a 17-7 lead with 2:08 left in the half.

Jaren Lewis played the entire second quarter at quarterback for the Wildcats but threw just three passes, completing two for 6 yards. The K-State running game was the difference in the half, accounting for 139 yards with Deuce Vaughn carrying 14 times for 65 yards and Joe Ervin five times for 52 and a touchdown.

With the exception of a 55-yard pass from Carson Strong to Romeo Doubs  that set up Nevada's touchdown, the K-State defense was rock solid, allowing just 142 total yards. Strong was 11 for 16 for 119 yards.

K-State had 219 total yards in the half.

Wildcats with the answer

Jaren Lewis comes into relieve Will Howard at quarterback at the end of the first quarter and leads the Wildcats on a 75-yard drive in his college debut. Joe Ervin's 22-yard run puts K-State up 14-7 with 11:42 left  in the half.

Kansas State and Nevada tied 7-7 after one quarter

Nevada ties the game with 8 seconds left in the first quarter on a 1-yard fourth-down touchdown run by Devonte Lee.

After holding the Wolf Pack in check most of the quarter, the Wildcats gave up a 55-yard pass from Carson Strong to Romeo Doubs to the 2, setting up the score.

Jaren Lewis in at quarterback for K-State.

So far, so good for K-State defense

Nevada picked up a first down on its second possession, but a big third-down stop stalled the Wolf Pack's second possession and Wildcats take over after a short pun on their own 36-yad line with 4:32 left in the first quarter.

Dream start for Wildcats

Will Howard needs just two plays to get Kansas State to the end zone to start the game. He starts with a 7-yard run, then hits Daniel Omatorbhebhe in stride over the middle for a 68-yard touchdown.

K-State defense then records an three-and-out. Wildcats have the ball and lead 7-0 with 12:05 left i nthe first quarter.

Skylar Thompson in the house

Injured Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson joins the captains at midfield for the coin toss, wearing a big brace on his right knee.

Nevada wins the toss and defers. K-State will get the ball to start the game.

A couple of pregame notes

• It is Fort Riley Day today at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

• As we approach kickoff, the temperature in Manhattan is 86 with a heat index of 91, southwest wind at 6 mph under sunny skies.