Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Justin Time Sparks Cats ; Redshirt Freshman Silmon Runs for 40 Yards, TD on Six Second-Half Carries

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Justin Time Sparks Cats ; Redshirt Freshman Silmon Runs for 40 Yards, TD on Six Second-Half Carries

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SAN ANTONIO -- Kansas State's running game was going nowhere, but midway through the third quarter that changed.

Justin Silmon entered the game at tailback and gave the Wildcats a spark. Silmon carried once for 2 yards in his first series, but the second time out he started a drive with runs of 13, 5 and 3 yards and capped the series with a 14-yard touchdown in K-State's 30- 3 victory over UTSA on Saturday at the Alamodome.

"I thought as an offense, we were battling the whole game," Silmon said. "We were just clawing and clawing at them and then we opened up a little more and tired them out, maybe. At that time we did a good job of staying on them and attacking.

"We were battling with them, and they have a great defense so you have to keep punching them and punching them and things will open up. We didn't do anything different, just run the ball downhill a lot."

Silmon, a redshirt freshman, picked up 40 yards on six carries after starter Charles Jones managed 11 yards on seven carries.

"We have a lot of very capable backs," said quarterback Joe Hubener, who led the rushing attack with 58 yards on 17 carries to go along with 243 passing yards. "I think Charles played a very solid game. He didn't have any huge runs, but every play he got the ball he was fighting for yards.

"Justin gives us a lot of explosiveness. He's a very talented athlete. He's a big guy with speed, so that's somebody we want to utilize. Dalvin (Warmack) played very well so we have a solid group of running backs."

Warmack, a redshirt freshman, ran for 40 yards on five carries in late-game duty and redshirt freshman fullback Winston Dimel had 18 yards on eight carries with a 1-yard touchdown and caught two passes for 80 yards, 53 coming on the fullback pop pass. …

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