The Christian McCaffrey Show has returned for another season and it appears the 2016 premiere is picking up right where it left off.
The Heisman Trophy favorite once again dazzled in his first action of the season, leading Stanford to a 17-3 halftime lead over Kansas State in the opener for both teams. McCaffrey did just a bit of everything on his way to 136 all-purpose yards and a touchdown before heading to the locker room.
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— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) September 3, 2016
Cardinal quarterback Ryan Burns began the game 6-of-6 for 109 yards and a touchdown pass before he was replaced by backup Keller Chryst. Head coach David Shaw said he would play both signal-callers as part of an ongoing QB battle and did just that by rotating in Chryst in the middle of the 2nd quarter for one series.
Kansas State quarterback Jesse Ertz looked a bit unsettled in his first start since injuring his knee on the first snap of last season but made several plays right before halftime during the Wildcats only scoring drive. Bill Snyder’s defense did show flashes of potential early in the first quarter but couldn’t contain McCaffrey and Burns enough on third down to keep the score closer.