Collin Klein connected with Chris Harper on a 37-yard touchdown pass with 1:39 left, and Kansas State escaped with a sloppy 10-7 victory over visiting Eastern Kentucky on Saturday night to give longtime coach Bill Snyder his 150th win.
Kansas State fumbled five times — losing four of them — and struggled to get anything going against its opponent from the Football Championship Subdivision.
The plucky Colonels, picked to finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference, took a 7-0 lead with 4:26 remaining in the third quarter when freshman quarterback Jared McClain plunged in from a yard out. The TD was set up when Kansas State running back Bryce Brown fumbled the ball away.
Anthony Cantele, who earlier missed a 37-yard field goal, drew Kansas State within 7-3 when he hit from 36 yards out with 11:36 left in the game.
The Kansas State defense managed to stop Eastern Kentucky on its ensuing possession, giving Klein and the offense the ball at its 14. The junior quarterback hit Harper for 10 yards, mixed in a couple of runs, connected with Harper again on an 8-yard completion, and converted a third-and-3 situation when he scrambled for four yards in front of the Wildcats' bench.
Two plays later, Klein saw Harper coming open on a skinny post route and hit him in stride as the crowd of 50,292 erupted for the first time all night. The touchdown gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game, and allowed them to win their 22nd consecutive home opener.
Georgetown 21, Ottawa 19: Georgetown's defense had two goal-line stands, a blocked extra point and a blocked field-goal attempt in the second half to cling to a two-point lead.
Zach Sowder ran for 80 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers (1-0), and Kaelin Ammons passed for 208 yards and a touchdown.
Centre 38, Hanover 21: Jordan Gay was 5-for-5 on field goals and the Centre defense forced four turnovers in a season-opening win at Hanover.
Gay connected from 46, 23, 25, 34 and 29 yards. Kent Crick intercepted two C.J. Croft passes, Ryan Gallas had a pick and Cooper McGuire recovered a fumble.
Hanover (0-1) took a 7-0 lead on Croft's 2-yard keeper in the first quarter before Centre (1-0) scored the next 31 points.
Centre's Jonathan Pinque rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 55 yards and another score. Quarterback Tyler Osterman was 20-for-28 passing for 163 yards, including a 23-yard pass to Pinque.
Cumberlands 31, Walsh 14: D'Angelo Jordan broke loose for a 73-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to preserve host Cumberlands' season-opening victory.
Jordan's score pushed Cumberlands' lead to 24-14 with 6:33 to play. Justin Pritchett tacked on an 8-yard TD run with 3:24 left to put the game out of reach.
Cumberlands (1-0) scored all four of its touchdowns on the ground and rushed for 403 yards.