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Rally Comes Up Short, as K-State Falls 17-15

LAFAYETTE, La. – Tyler Albrecht’s first career field goal attempt was a memorable one as the junior nailed a 48-yarder with 32 seconds left to give Louisiana-Lafayette a 17-15 victory over Kansas State on Saturday night.

Albrecht did not attempt a field goal in his first two seasons and was limited to six extra points in a season-opening 42-19 victory over Southern last week.

The Ragin’ Cajuns, unbeaten through their first two games for the first time since 1990, trailed 15-14 before driving from their 33 to the Kansas State 30. Louisiana-Lafayette had only two first downs in the second half before quarterback Chris Masson completed four passes for 30 yards in the final drive.

Kansas State (1-1) rallied from a 14-2 deficit with two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Wildcats running back Daniel Thomas threw for one score and ran for one in that quarter, throwing a 3-yard jump pass to Jeron Mastrud off a direct snap on the first play of the final quarter.

Seven minutes later, Thomas capped an 86-yard drive with a 3-yard run, and Josh Cherry hit the extra point for the 15-14 lead with 8:08 left.

Thomas finished with 136 rushing yards, 92 in the second half.

The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead when Masson ran out of his own end zone after a bad snap with 2:43 left in the opening quarter.

Masson, who finished 20-for-36 for 185 yards, came back to guide the Ragin’ Cajuns on a 61-yard drive that was capped by Undrea Sails’ 9-yard touchdown run with 9:37 left in the first half.

Louisiana-Lafayette drove 73 yards in the final 2:19 of the half to take a 14-2 halftime lead on Masson’s 1-yard pass to Luke Aubrey.

The Ragin’ Cajuns had three first-half turnovers, but the Wildcats couldn’t take advantage despite having five first-half possessions in Ragin’ Cajun territory. Kansas State was 0-for-8 on third-down conversions in the first half.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.