MANHATTAN, Kansas (Ticker) -- Sixth-ranked Kansas State continues a favorable September schedule Saturday when it hosts McNeese State in the first of two straight games against Division I-AA opponents.
The Wildcats got a scare in last week's 41-5 victory over Troy State as leading rusher Darren Sproles injured his left leg in the first half and did not return. But he is expected to start against McNeese State.
Sproles, who rushed for a school-record 1,465 yards last season, was held to 49 yards on 12 carries last week, marking the first time Kansas State did not have a 100-yard rusher since September 21 of last year against Southern California.
The Wildcats (2-0) were sloppy at times against Troy State, but scored 41 unanswered points after falling behind 5-0 early in the first quarter and led, 34-5, at halftime. Ell Roberson completed 9-of-23 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 69 yards and three scores.
A botched snap and a partially blocked punt led to Troy State's five points, but Kansas State's defense dominated the game with six sacks, two interceptions and a recovered fumble.
In their next two games, the Wildcats face Massachusetts and Marshall before opening Big 12 Conference play on October 4 against Texas.
McNeese State (1-0), the top-ranked team in the USA Today/ESPN Division I-AA poll, opened with a 42-0 victory over Division II Henderson State. Scott Pendarvis passed for 196 yards and two touchdowns for the Cowboys.
McNeese State, which is facing Kansas State for the first time, went 13-2 last season and lost to Western Kentucky in the Division I-AA national championship game. Its other loss came against Nebraska.