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One of the better non-conference matchups of Week 2 in college football comes from Manhattan, Kan., when No. 21 Kansas State hosts Miami in a rematch of one of the most exciting games of the 2011 season. KSU is a 7-point favorite on WagerWeb.com.
The Hurricanes opened the season with a 41-32 victory at Boston College. Freshman Duke Johnson broke two long touchdown runs, rushing for 135 yards to lead Miami. Johnson scored from 54 and 56 yards out for the Hurricanes, and Stephen Morris threw for 207 yards and a touchdown. Johnson’s 135 yards was the most by a UM true freshman since Javarris James racked up 148 yards against Houston (Sept. 30, 2006). The UM defense was torched, however, allowing 537 total yards to the Eagles. LB Denzel Perryman (2011 Freshman All-American) returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown against Boston College.
Kansas State opened with a 51-9 home win over FCS school Missouri State. Collin Klein threw a pair of second-half touchdown passes, John Hubert ran 95 yards for a fourth-quarter score and the Wildcats piled up 42 unanswered points. Klein made his 16th career start and finished 19-of-28 for 169 yards passing including two touchdowns. Klein also rushed 13 times for 54 yards, including a long run of 21 yards. The 35 points were the most fourth quarter points scored by a K-State team since at least 1993.
Last year in Miami, KSU won 28-24 when the Wildcats stopped Miami quarterback Jacory Harris’ fourth-down run at the goal line with 49 seconds left. Hubert ran for 166 yards and the go-ahead touchdown for the Wildcats. Klein passed for two scores and ran for another for Kansas State, which blew an 11-point halftime lead before rallying.
Miami will be playing at Bill Snyder Family Stadium for the first time in program history. It will be UM’s first visit to a Big 12 school since defeating Texas A&M, 41-23, on Sept. 20, 2008. The Hurricanes open the season with two consecutive road contests for the first time since the 2005 season. That year, Miami fell 10-7 to Florida State in the opener, then defeated Clemson, 36-30 in triple overtime.
Hurricanes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Hurricanes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games. Hurricanes are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Big 12. Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game. Wildcats are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win. Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. Wildcats are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.