Miami pushed Kansas State to the limit last season, forcing the Wildcats to make a dramatic goal-line stand in the closing minutes to preserve the victory.
This one wasn't even close.
Collin Klein threw for 210 yards and ran for 71 more Saturday, accounting for four touchdowns and leading the 21st-ranked Wildcats to a 52-13 rout.
"They were excellent," Miami coach Al Golden said. "They beat us in all three phases. They outplayed us, outcoached us, starting with me, and that's it. No excuses. They deserved to win."
The blowout stood in stark contrast to their previous meeting in Coral Gables, Fla., when Kansas State eked out a 28-24 win.
Miami only managed 40 yards rushing on 29 carries this time -- a paltry 1.4-yard average. Stephen Morris threw for 215 yards but was sacked five times.
"We made a million adjustments," Golden said. "We just didn't stop them. We didn't tackle well enough. We didn't get the ball stopped."
Kansas State had plenty to do with that.
John Hubert had 106 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Daniel Sams added two scores on the ground as the Wildcats (2-0) rolled up 498 yards of total offense while holding Miami to 262.
The Hurricanes also hurt themselves by fumbling three times, once on their opening drive.
"We can't do that," Golden said. "We have a chance to answer right there and settle in a little bit. We never really settled in."
The Canes, opening with consecutive road games for the first time since 2005, looked like an inexperienced bunch against the senior-laden Wildcats. They had 14 players appear in their first game a week ago, including 12 freshmen from a roster that has 42 first-year guys.
Talented freshman Duke Johnson managed only 19 yards on the ground after gaining 135 in last Saturday's win at Boston College, when Miami rallied from an early 14-0 deficit.
"I just wasn't making the most of my opportunities," Johnson said. "That's all."
Same could be said for the rest of the Hurricanes, whose performance was summed up by a 5-second span in the fourth quarter: Morris fumbled while getting sacked, and Sams sprinted 15 yards on the next play to give Kansas State a 45-6 lead with 10:51 remaining in the game.
Miami (1-1) scored its only touchdown in the closing minutes, when backup quarterback Ryan Williams completed a short scoring pass following a long kickoff return.
"When we went down 14-0, it was like, `OK, this is just like last week. We're going to just stick together,"' Miami center Shane McDermott said. "Even when we went down even further than that, we were just saying, `OK let's stick together, let's keep going, keep our head down."'
The Canes' defense never gave them a chance to come back this time.
Kansas State scored on its first four possessions, the streak ending when Anthony Cantele missed a short field goal. Klein had touchdown runs of 1 and 6 yards, and hit Curry Sexton down the seam for a 27-yard scoring strike before the Hurricanes knew what hit them.
Jake Wieclaw's second field goal helped Miami close to 24-6 at halftime.
"Defensively, I was pleased," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "The passing game we gave up a little bit of yardage, but it wasn't nearly as much as last week."
Klein added his third touchdown run early in the third quarter, and after the Wildcats held Miami on fourth down deep in their own territory, the gritty senior quarterback led Kansas State on a 97-yard drive highlighted by a 58-yard pass to backup tight end Zach Trujillo.
This time it was Hubert capping the drive with a touchdown run.
Klein's day was done after that, and when Miami fumbled on its next possession, Sams took over. The elusive freshman needed one play to scoot 15 yards for a touchdown, and then added an 11-yard scoring run late in the fourth quarter to punctuate the victory.
"I didn't see it coming like this," Kansas State linebacker Tre Walker said. "We played sound ball, nobody tried to do too much, and that's what happened."
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