Kansas State football handles Stanford 24-7 in season opener

Arne Green
Topeka Capital-Journal
Kansas State running back Deuce Vaughn (22) runs for a touchdown in the second quarter against Stanford  at AT&T Stadium.

Kansas State is in Arlington, Texas to open its season against Stanford. Reporter Arne Green will have updates and analysis throughout the game below. 

Most recent updates will appear at the top. 

Recap: Kansas State 24, Stanford 7

Stanford put it in the end zone late, but this was all Kansas State. Skyler Thompson was dynamic in his return and the defense was rigid for the Wildcats throughout. We'll have more coverage throughout the afternoon as we hear from coach Chris Klieman and players. 

Thompson scores again, K-State cruising 24-0 late

Skyler Thompson scores on 13-yard scamper set up by Kansas State interception. That should be that. 

Kansas State goes up 17-0 on Taiten Winkel FG

K-State drive stalls at the Stanford 21, but Taiten Winkel kicks a 40-yard field goal to make it a three-possession game. Wildcats now lead 17-0 with 10:08 left.

After three quarters, K-State leads Stanford 14-0

K-State defense gets a three-and-out to end the third quarter and continues to lead 14-0. 

Sack time: Two K-State sacks force Stanford to punt

Stanford had first down inside the K-State 25, but sacks by Eli Huggins and Khalid Duke forced the Cardinal to punt. Wildcats take over at their own 9 with 6:17 left in the third quarter, leading 14-0.

Kansas State Wildcats head to halftime with 14-0 lead

Kansas State dominates the first half with 240 total yards to 124 for Stanford. Skylar Thompson has showed no signs of rust after missing the last seven games last year with injury.

Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson (7) throws a pass to running back Deuce Vaughn (22) in the first half Saturday against Stanford in Arlington, Texas.

Thompson is 6-of-8 passing for 109 yards, though he did throw an end zone interception on the Wildcats' first series. He also scored K-State's touchdown on a 6-yard run. Deuce Vaughn scored the second touchdown with 6:17 left in the half on a 59-yard run. Vaughn has six carries for 78 yards and Phillip Brooks 3 catches for 81, including a 56-yarder that set up the first score.

Stanford quarterbacks Jack West and Tanner McKee both were 5-of-7 passing for a combined 92 yards, but West threw a pick. The Cardinal have just 32 yards on the ground.

Deuce Vaughn off to the races. K-State up 14-0

On third down and 13, Deuce Vaugh breaks free for a 59-yard touchdown run and K-State leads 14-0 with 6:17 left in the half.

End of the first quarter: 7-0 Kansas State

Tanner McKee in at quarterback for Stanford and the Cardinal are moving in K-State territory as the first quarter comes to an end.

K-State is on the board

After their first drive ended in an end zone pick, the Wildcats need just two plays to get on the board their second series. A 56-yard completion from Skylar Thompson to Phillip Brooks sets up a 6-yard Thompson keeper. K-State up 7-0 with 3:06 left in the first.

Thompson is 4 of 5 passing for 100 yards, with the only miss the interception. Wildcats have 134 yards total offense to 31 for Stanford.

Bottling up the run

Kansas State's defense has been sharp against the run so far. Stanford's second series ends with a 1-yard loss on third-and-2.

Costly pick

After flying down the field on its first possession, K-State's drive stalls when Skylar Thompson's pass toward Phillip Brooks in the end zone is picked off by Kyu Blu Kelly. The initial call was incomplete, but the replay showed that Kelly came down inbounds. We're scoreless with 6:08 left in the first quarter and Stanford begins its second possession.

We're underway

K-State won the toss and deferred. Stanford picked up a first down, then lost 2 yards on a big play by safety Russ Yeast and picked up back-to-back false start penalties.

K-State called for an illegal block on the punt return and Skylar Thompson ready for their first offensive possession of the year, starting at its own 5.