MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) – Winston Dimel punched in two touchdowns Saturday and helped lead Kansas State to a 34-0 win over South Dakota in the season opener for both teams.
Kansas State overwhelmed its FCS opponent from the first play of the game, when Morgan Burns returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. But the Wildcats lost starting quarterback Jesse Ertz on their first offensive series of the game, when Ertz came up limping after only two snaps. He was replaced by Joe Hubener, who completed 9 of 18 attempts for 147 yards and a touchdown.
Dominique Heath led Kansas State receivers with three catches for 54 yards. The Wildcats relied heavily on their fullbacks in the red zone, giving the ball eight times to Dimel, who delivered touchdown runs from the 2 and the 1.
South Dakota’s Ryan Saeger converted 18 of 30 passes for 205 yards.