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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas State running back Jamal Jones (21) leaps over Kansas State defensive back Wayne Jones (4) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Manhattan, Kan. Jones was injured on the play and came out of the game. Arkansas State won 35-31. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Jonathan Adams Jr. caught a career-high three touchdown passes, including the game-winner with 38 seconds remaining, and Arkansas State defeated Kansas State 35-31 on Saturday for the Red Wolves' first win over a Power 5 opponent in a dozen years.

Layne Hatcher threw a 17-yard pass to Adams for the winning score after the Wildcats (0-1) had taken a 31-28 lead on a Blake Lynch 35-yard field goal with 2:30 remaining.

"Obviously excited about the win," said Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson. "Excited, but not surprised."

Arkansas State (1-1) scored 21 unanswered points after trailing 21-7 midway through the second quarter.

Most of the offense flowed through the 6-foot-3 Adams.

"The quarterbacks put the ball in a good spot, and I just use my athleticism to turn my hips and go get the ball and go over the corner's head and stuff like that," said Adams, who had 98 yards receiving on eight catches.

Arkansas State held Kansas State to 91 yards rushing. The Wildcats averaged 178 rushing yards per game in 2019.

Kansas State (0-1) had not dropped its home opener since 2013.

Skylar Thompson finished with 259 yards passing and two touchdowns in the loss. Deuce Vaughn led Kansas State in rushing with 47 yards and a touchdown, becoming the first true freshman to score for the Wildcats in a season opener since 1988.

The Wildcats scored on their first possession on a 17-yard catch by Phillip Brooks following a blocked punt. They added TDs on consecutive drives in the second quarter to lead 21-7. After being held scoreless in the third quarter, they responded with a 5-yard touchdown run by Harry Trotter, followed by Lynch's field goal.

The Red Wolves (1-1) gained 489 total yards after collecting 424 yards in a 37-24 loss to Memphis last weekend.

The Red Wolves beat a Power 5 program for the second time since moving up to FBS status in 1992. Their previous win came over Texas A&M, 18-14, in 2008.

 

Louisiana-Lafayette 31, Iowa State 14

AMES, Iowa — Louisiana-Lafayette got kick and punt returns for touchdowns to help secure one of its biggest wins in program history.

In the opener for both teams, the Ragin' Cajuns were ignited by Chris Smith's 95-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and Eric Garror's 83-yard punt return in the third.

Levi Lewis also threw a 78-yard scoring pass to Peter LeBlanc to give Louisiana-Lafayette a 17-14 lead late in the third quarter.

Louisiana-Lafayette beat a Top 25 opponent for the first time, having gone 0-26 against ranked foes away from home. The Ragin' Cajuns' only other win over a Top 25 team was in 1996 at home against Texas A&M.

The Ragin' Cajuns limited Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy to 16-of-35 passing for 145 yards, with no touchdowns and an interception.

 

West Virginia 56, Eastern Kentucky 10

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jarrett Doege threw three touchdown passes, Leddie Brown and Alec Sinkfield gave West Virginia's running game a lift it hadn't seen in quite some time, and the Mountaineers thrashed Eastern Kentucky.

Brown and Sinkfield both finished with career highs of 123 yards and two rushing TDs in the Mountaineers' season opener. It marked the first time that two West Virginia players went over 100 yards in the same game since the 2017 season.

West Virginia did not have a single 100-yard rusher last season and averaged just 73 yards per game as a team, the third worst in the Bowl Subdivision.

West Virginia overcame the suspension earlier in the day of 11 players for reasons that were undisclosed and not related to the coronavirus pandemic. Ten of those players were on offense, including starters at wide receiver and on the offensive line.

The Mountaineers compiled 624 yards of offense against the Championship Subdivision Colonels (0-2).

Brown scored on first-half runs of 10 and 8 yards and caught a 15-yard scoring pass from Doege as the Mountaineers jumped ahead 42-7 at halftime.

 

Big 12 summaries

Arkansas State 35, Kansas State 31

Arkansas St.     7    7    7    14    —    35

Kansas St.     7    14    0    10    —    31

First Quarter

KST—Brooks 17 pass from Thompson (Lynch kick), 13:24.

ARKS—J.Adams 2 pass from L.Bonner (Grupe kick), 9:58.

Second Quarter

KST—Vaughn 3 run (Lynch kick), 13:29.

KST—B.Moore 7 pass from Thompson (Lynch kick), 8:41.

ARKS—Paul 48 pass from Foreman (Grupe kick), 6:50.

Third Quarter

ARKS—Amos 8 pass from Hatcher (Grupe kick), 2:28.

Fourth Quarter

ARKS—J.Adams 5 pass from L.Bonner (Grupe kick), 11:49.

KST—Trotter 5 run (Lynch kick), 6:35.

KST—FG Lynch 35, 2:30.

ARKS—J.Adams 17 pass from Hatcher (Grupe kick), :38.

            ARKS           KST

First downs    26    21

Rushes-yards    33-159    39-91

Passing    330    283

Comp-Att-Int    25-38-1    18-30-0

Return Yards              78              86

Punts-Avg.               3-40.0         4-41.2

Fumbles-Lost    1-1    0-0

Penalties-Yards    4-58    8-85

Time of Possession    25:44    34:16

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Arkansas St., Ja.Jones 16-95, Pare 4-65, Graham 7-24, Hatcher 2-(minus 4), (Team) 1-(minus 5), L.Bonner 3-(minus 16). Kansas St., Vaughn 12-47, Trotter 16-43, Taylor 1-20, Thompson 7-7, W.Howard 1-(minus 1), Burns 1-(minus 2), (Team) 1-(minus 23).

PASSING—Arkansas St., Foreman 1-1-0-48, Paul 1-1-0-17, L.Bonner 17-28-1-204, Hatcher 6-8-0-61. Kansas St., W.Howard 1-1-0-24, Thompson 17-29-0-259.

RECEIVING—Arkansas St., J.Adams 8-98, Paul 4-77, Tyler 3-22, Rucker 2-39, Bowling 2-35, Amos 2-17, Graham 1-20, L.Bonner 1-17, Pare 1-5, Ja.Jones 1-0. Kansas St., B.Moore 6-54, Taylor 4-98, Brooks 2-24, Trotter 2-8, Knowles 1-27, Vaughn 1-24, Dineen 1-24, Wheeler 1-24.

MISSED FIELD GOALS—Arkansas St., Grupe 38. Kansas St., Lynch 43, Lynch 47.

 

Louisiana-Lafayette 31, Iowa State 14

Louisiana-Lafayette     0    10    7    14    —    31

Iowa State     0    14    0    0    —    14

Second Quarter

ISU—Nwangwu 1 run (Assalley kick), 4:28.

ULL—C.Smith 95 kickoff return (Snyder kick), 4:14.

ISU—Hall 11 run (Assalley kick), 1:17.

ULL—FG Snyder 30, :00.

Third Quarter

ULL—LeBlanc 78 pass from Lewis (Almendares kick), 2:02.

Fourth Quarter

ULL—Garror 83 punt return (Almendares kick), 13:58.

ULL—Ragas 2 run (Almendares kick), :10.

               ULL           ISU

First downs    14    18

Rushes-yards    35-118    36-158

Passing    154    145

Comp-Att-Int    13-21-0    16-35-1

Return Yards             226              76

Punts-Avg.            5-42.0        5-43.2

Fumbles-Lost    0-0    2-1

Penalties-Yards    2-22    3-24

Time of Possession    27:41    32:19

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Louisiana-Lafayette, Ragas 14-49, E.Mitchell 8-46, C.Smith 8-25, Lewis 5-(minus 2). Iowa St., Hall 20-103, Purdy 7-35, Nwangwu 7-21, Lang 2-(minus 1).

PASSING—Louisiana-Lafayette, Lewis 13-21-0-154. Iowa St., Purdy 16-35-1-145.

RECEIVING—Louisiana-Lafayette, LeBlanc 5-82, E.Mitchell 2-22, Jal.Williams 2-22, Pauley 1-16, Lacy 1-14, Eke 1-5, Fleming 1-(minus 7). Iowa St., X.Hutchinson 4-43, Shaw 3-34, Milton 3-18, Hall 3-15, Ch.Allen 2-31, Nwangwu 1-4.

MISSED FIELD GOALS—Louisiana-Lafayette, Snyder 27, Snyder 30.

 

West Virginia 56, E. Kentucky 10

E. Kentucky     0    7    3    0    —    10

West Virginia     14    28    7    7    —    56

First Quarter

WVU—L.Brown 10 run (Staley kick), 13:28.

WVU—L.Brown 15 pass from Doege (Staley kick), 6:23.

Second Quarter

WVU—James 32 pass from Doege (Staley kick), 12:59.

EKY—Dixon 28 pass from Pa.McKinney (Woznick kick), 10:49.

WVU—Sinkfield 8 run (Staley kick), 8:22.

WVU—L.Brown 8 run (Staley kick), 2:33.

WVU—Ford-Wheaton 8 pass from Doege (Staley kick), :31.

Third Quarter

EKY—FG Woznick 32, 12:16.

WVU—Sinkfield 17 run (Staley kick), 8:07.

Fourth Quarter

WVU—Mathis 3 run (Legg kick), 2:00.

A—976.

               EKY          WVU

First downs    9    31

Rushes-yards    32-75    51-329

Passing    131    295

Comp-Att-Int    9-17-1    25-35-0

Return Yards             101              66

Punts-Avg.             8-40.0        2-55.0

Fumbles-Lost    1-0    1-0

Penalties-Yards    8-65    8-85

Time of Possession    24:17    35:43

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—E. Kentucky, Booth 7-45, Cureton 1-16, Dickerson 4-12, Hightower 4-7, Magloire 3-4, Pa.McKinney 10-0, Jones 2-(minus 2), D.Allen 1-(minus 7). West Virginia, L.Brown 10-123, Sinkfield 15-123, Mathis 18-55, Greene 5-33, Dorr 2-(minus 1), Wright 1-(minus 4).

PASSING—E. Kentucky, Pa.McKinney 9-17-1-131. West Virginia, Doege 19-25-0-228, Kendall 3-6-0-43, Greene 3-4-0-24.

RECEIVING—E. Kentucky, Dixon 3-53, Dickerson 3-8, Jones 1-47, Sloan 1-23, Booth 1-0. West Virginia, James 5-72, Ford-Wheaton 4-67, S.Brown 4-43, R.Smith 4-32, Wright 3-31, Malashevich 1-30, L.Brown 1-15, Ryan 1-8, Finley 1-2, Sinkfield 1-(minus 5).

MISSED FIELD GOALS—West Virginia, Staley 25.

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