K-State opens season with 24-7 win over Stanford

A shoulder sidelined quarterback Skylar Thompson for much of last season. He's back for his sixth year.



September 5, 2021 - 1:48 PM

Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman during a game against Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium on November 21, 2020, in Ames, Iowa. (David Purdy/Getty Images/TNS)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Skylar Thompson set the tone for Kansas State when the quarterback put his left shoulder down and bulled into the end zone for the first of his two touchdown runs as the Wildcats opened the season with a 24-7 win over Stanford on Saturday. 

Thompson, who later had a 13-yard TD run, opened the scoring when he knocked cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly to the ground on a 6-yard TD run in the first quarter. 

“There’s a lot that went into that touchdown, a lot that people didn’t see, and a lot of time spent on my own,” Thompson said. “In the midst of a situation that once seemed very dark and stormy, to see the fruit fall from the tree, to see the sun shine a little bit and to take a deep breath … It all worked out and everything happened for a reason.”

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