Kansas State gets bye week at opportune time

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- When Kansas State's schedule was first announced, Bill Snyder wasn't exactly pleased to see that the Wildcats would have a week off after just one game.

Turns out it couldn't have come at a better time.

The Wildcats needed an 86-yard drive capped by a 33-yard touchdown pass from Collin Klein to Chris Harper in the closing minutes Saturday night just to slip by Eastern Kentucky. There was nothing sexy about the 10-7 final score, which was lowlighted by five fumbles, seven penalties and enough other mistakes to keep the Kansas State coaching staff busy during the early bye.

The Wildcats don't return until Sept. 17 against Kent State. That will begin a stretch of nine games in nine weeks that includes a visit to Miami and the start of Big 12 play.