Imagine for a moment that you are a Charlotte football player.
Your team is trailing Kansas State by three scores in the first half of a game at Snyder Family Stadium and things are about to get worse. Kansas State defensive back Kendall Adams has just scooped up an errant lateral and he is on his way into the end zone for his second touchdown of the afternoon.
You’re watching from the sideline, and you’re frustrated. What do you do?
Here’s an outside-the-box option that actually happened during Kansas State’s 55-7 demolition of Charlotte on Saturday: You point your water bottle at Adams and squirt liquid at his helmet.
If this game could be summed up in a single play, that’s the one.
It was a mismatch from the start. The No. 19 Wildcats (picked by many to contend for a Big 12 championship) hammered the upstart 49ers (still building a foundation in their fifth season of existence) in every way possible.
“Kansas State – that's a really, really good football team and there's a reason they're No. 19 in the country,” said Charlotte coach Brad Lambert, who played for the Wildcats in the mid-1980s. “We've got to be able to run the ball better. I thought we did better with penalties today, but we've got to find a way to run the ball.”
The Wildcats looked sharp running the ball, getting 99 yards and a touchdown from Alex Barnes and 76 yards and a touchdown from Jesse Ertz before the backups took over. They threw the ball effectively, as Ertz completed 16 of 21 passes for 178 yards. They dominated on defense.
And Adams had a day to remember.
The junior free safety pulled off the two biggest plays of the afternoon, scoring touchdowns via interception and fumble returns. The first came in the first quarter when he effortlessly jumped in front of a Charlotte receiver for an interception and sprinted 30 yards untouched for a score. Later, he wisely picked up a loose ball on a sideways pass, which was ruled to be a lateral, and took it 46 yards for a touchdown.
He wasn’t distracted by Charlotte’s sideline shenanigans, caught on video, and the Wildcats led 31-7 with 4 minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the second quarter. The game was essentially over.
Kansas State (2-0) cruised to its second straight lopsided victory of the season. Charlotte (0-2) took a long flight home.
Notes: Charlotte linebacker Karrington King had eight tackles, passing former 49ers lineman Larry Ogunjobi for the all-time tackles record. King has 223 tackles. Ogunjobi had 217.
Kellis Robinett: @kellisrobinett