Quick game write-up for the blog, more to follow…
UCLA expected a steady dose of Daniel Thomas, but he didn’t go down smooth, and he didn’t go down easy, and really, he didn’t go down at all.
Thomas had 234 yards rushing and two touchdowns and broke tackle after tackle, exploiting cutback lanes and finding ways to make something out of nothing, as Kansas State defeated the Bruins 31-22 in front of a packed house at Snyder Family Stadium.
Thomas had 54 yards at the half as UCLA led 10-7, the Bruins able to limit Thomas between the tackles.
But Thomas’ backup, William Powell, was a tough pill to swallow, too, gaining 72 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown after Thomas limped off the field following a crunching hit early in the third quarter, giving the Wildcats a lead they would not surrender.
UCLA got close, though.
After Kansas State scored on a five-yard touchdown pass from Carson Coffman to Brodrick Smith with 2:03 left to make it 24-16, the Bruins struck back with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Prince to Ricky Marvray.
The two-point conversion dropped to the ground, though, and Thomas’ 35-yard touchdown run with 21 seconds left ended the game.