MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State held on to beat Southern Illinois 31-23 despite losing starting quarterback Skylar Thompson in the first quarter.
Deuce Vaughn scored a rushing touchdown with less than two minutes for the final margin.
The Kansas State defense forced a fumble on the next possession to seal the win.
The Wildcats held the Salukis scoreless in the second half.
Thompson appeared to suffer a non-contact injury in attempting to block for running back Vaughn.
Nic Baker threw for 176 yards and Javon Williams Jr. ran for 46 yards and two touchdowns for Southern Illinois.