Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Gets a Look at Young Players in Runaway Victory

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Gets a Look at Young Players in Runaway Victory

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MANHATTAN -- This was Bill Snyder's kind of nonconference game.

Other than numerous penalties that had Snyder steaming, the script was perfect: Build an early lead then empty the bench to get a good look at the youngsters.

Kansas State jumped all over Florida Atlantic with 21 points in the first quarter and another 21 in the second for a 42-0 halftime lead and a final score of 63-7 on Saturday at Snyder Family Stadium.

Two players Wildcat fans have been clamoring to see, sophomore running back Dalvin Warmack and redshirt freshman quarterback Alex Delton, were on display and did not disappoint.

Warmack is part of a crowded backfield but made the most of his snaps, rushing for 90 yards on eight carries.

"I'm capable of doing what I've always been able to do," Warmack said. "It was good for my confidence."

Warmack picked up 11 yards on his first carry then broke a 43- yard run before being tackled on the FAU 7, setting up the Wildcats' second touchdown.

"The whole offensive line did a great job blocking," Warmack said. "Then I made one cut off (guard) Terrale Johnson and saw some open grass and tried to take off but I got a little gassed. I was a little disappointed I didn't get in the end zone.

"I started getting a little tired so I tried to get a stiff-arm but that didn't work at all, me being 5-foot-8 and my wingspan not being that long."

Delton, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 2 last year as a true freshman, directed his first series midway through the third quarter. A holding penalty -- one of the Wildcats' 13 flags for 131 yards -- and three straight negative rushing plays by Delton that lost 17 yards due to blocking breakdowns, stalled that drive.

"Any time you get penalties, it's frustrating," Delton said. "It slows the offense down and puts you in situations you don't want to be in. I think we had like second-and-28 and there's not much you can do with that, but you just put your head down and work."

On his second series, Delton ran every play in a four-play, 29- yard drive ending with his 9-yard touchdown for a 56-7 lead. …

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