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Joe Hubener, Kansas State keep it simple, wear down UTSA

With Kansas State hit hard by injuries, it will be relying on Travis Britz to help slow TCU's explosive attack on Saturday. Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports

SAN ANTONIO -- New Kansas State starting quarterback Joe Hubener was solid in his first career start, leading the Wildcats to a 30-3 win against UTSA in a snoozer at the Alamodome. Here's what we learned:

What the win means for Kansas State: This one wasn’t too pretty, but that’s OK. Hubener threw for 243, rushed for 58 and didn’t turn the ball over, so that’s a plus. K-State kept it pretty simple on offense -- this unit wouldn’t scare many Big 12 defenses right now -- and eventually wore UTSA out in the second half. KSU's defense was fairly stingy throughout and forced eight punts. The Kansas State defense is in good shape, even with injured star Dante Barnett still sidelined, but these Wildcats still have a lot of progress to make before opening Big 12 play against Oklahoma State, TCU and Oklahoma.

What the loss means for UTSA: Another tough loss against a Power 5 foe. The Roadrunners (0-2) only trailed 7-3 at halftime but never got particularly close to pulling the upset. They have a challenging schedule over the next month: a trip to Oklahoma State and then conference games against Colorado State, UTEP and Louisiana Tech. All four of those programs went to bowl games last season, so the road ahead could get rough.

Unsung hero: Justin Silmon had to wait until the third quarter for his first carry, but he made his opportunities count once he did hit the field. The redshirt freshman running back ran for 40 yards and a touchdown on six carries and certainly looked like K-State's best option at running back going forward. He's still backing up Charles Jones, who provided 11 yards on seven carries, but didn't get a lot of help from his offensive line.

Top play: This one was wild. On a third-and-six in the second quarter, UTSA quarterback Blake Bogenschutz hit 6-foot-4, 260-pound tight end David Morgan II over the middle. Kansas State defensive back Nate Jackson, all 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds of him, jumped onto Morgan's back in an attempt to take him down short of the sticks. Instead, Morgan gave him a piggyback ride and dragged Jackson from the 15 to the 9-yard line for the first down. Morgan finished with 45 yards on four catches.