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No. 6 K'State Blows By Baylor

After coaching No. 6 Kansas State to a 48-7 rout of Baylor, coach Bill Snyder asked to speak to the defeated players.

It's something he's done only a couple of times since taking the Wildcats from a 1-10 record his first year in 1989 and building them into a national power.

"He told them that he had been there before and he knew how they felt," Baylor coach Kevin Steele said. "He told us to keep working to get better every day. He's a class act."

Thoroughly dominant while building a 34-0 halftime lead, the Wildcats (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) outscored the Bears (1-7, 0-5) by only seven points in the last two quarters and gave up a touchdown in the second half for the first time this season.

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  • "I would be extremely proud of the Baylor football team because that was a 14-7 ballgame in the second half when it would have been so easy to go the other direction give up, lay down," Snyder said.

    "But they didn't. They put a drive together and put seven points on the board and they played well defensively."

    David Allen, who had missed one game with a knee injury, scored three touchdowns as the Wildcats remained unbeaten and inched closer to their Nov. 13 showdown with No. 8 Nebraska.

    "We're making a lot of progress," said wide receiver Quincy Morgan, who caught five passes for 66 yards. "We've got to be ready to play Colorado first but if we can beat Colorado, I think we'll be able to beat Nebraska, too."

    Kansas State allowed seven first downs and 119 yards while rolling up 24 first downs and 402 total yards. In the first half, the Bears had just one first down and 29 yards. They did not snap the ball inside Kansas State territory until 12:09 remained in the game.

    But a muffed punt gave the Bears the ball on their 49, and six plays later Darrell Bush scored on a 4-yard run, making it 41-7 with 10:14 to play.

    "The offensive line blocked well and gave me a hole," said Bush. "I took wat they gave me against a pretty good defense."

    "It's disappointing that anybody scores," said Kansas State defensive end Monty Beisel. "It's something that shouldn't have happened. But you're going to get a breakdown once in awhile and people are going to produce."

    Allen scored on two short runs and caught a 14-yard scoring pass from Jonathan Beasley and twice came close to getting his NCAA-record seventh career punt return for a touchdown. In the third quarter, a 65-yard return for an apparent TD was nullified by a penalty. And in the second quarter, Baylor's Charles Henderson tackled Allen on the 28 after a 50-yard return.

    "Any time you run a kick back and there's a flag on the ground it's always a disappointment," said Allen. "This one probably more than usual because it was an NCAA record."

    He said he doesn't know who was called for the illegal block penalty.

    "We'll have to watch the film. I might talk to him then," he said.

    The 50-yarder was followed four plays later by Beasley's 14-yard scoring strike, giving the Wildcats an overwhelming halftime lead en route to their 20th consecutive regular-season Big 12 victory and their 50th straight home victory over an unranked team.

    Jamie Rheem kicked field goals of 24 and 37 yards in the first half and set the school record with 13 successful kicks in a row during a season.

    On Kansas State's first possession, Beasley was 3-for-3 in a 15-play, 71-yard drive that consumed 7:35 and was capped by Beasley's 1-yard run.

    On their second possession, Joe Hall made it 14-0 with an 11-yard run. Hall, who sat out the fourth quarter along with most of the other regulars, rushed for 109 yards on 23 carries.

    Beasley, who was 10-for-16 for 118 yards and a TD, hit three consecutive passes for first downs in a 72-yard drive in the second quarter that Allen capped with a 3-yard run.

    Rheem's two field goals then put the Wildcats on top 27-0 with 4:01 left in the half before Beasley connected with Allen following Allen's 50-yard punt return.

    Beasley was running to his right when he leaped and threw back to his left on the 14-yard strike to Allen.

    Terence Newman's 73-yard return of the second-half kickoff set up Kansas State for Allen's 4-yard TD run in the third quarter. Chris Claybon capped the scoring with a 13-yard run with 6:04 to play.

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