Bring On The Cats: Big 12 Power Rankings - Week 11
This was almost another crazy week.Baylor went up to Ft. Worth and for 3/4 of the game looked like they might finally lose their first game. OU struggled with Iowa State and needed an INT on a 2pt attempt to save their season. In a game that saved Big 12 title hopes for the winner, K-State fell to Texas in Austin. West Virginia looks like it's going backwards, and is probably extremely thankful they played KU early in the season, which will likely keep them out of the 10th spot the rest of the year.
Bring On The Cats: Wildcats score program-defining win
Kansas State beat Mississippi State 31-24 yesterday in Starkville, and this was about as good a non-conference road game as the Wildcats have played in recent memory. More importantly, the signature win allowed Chris Klieman and his new team to round into the conference schedule with an unblemished 3-0 record.What did we learn from yesterday's hardscrabble win? We learned we could beat ourselves with ridiculous miscues and still somehow win the game, as Jon Morse notes in his instant recap of the game.
That the win came in a road game over a ranked SEC opponent means that Kansas State is edging its way back onto the public college football conscious.
Bring On The Cats: Wildcats grind out 60-56 overtime win at UNLV
Last year's Kansas State Wildcats, with three accomplished seniors leading the way, failed to win a non-conference road game. The 2019-2020 version accomplished the task on its first try, overcoming the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 60-56, in overtime Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.The final margin might have been the only thing pretty about this game. After Xavier Sneed scored the first four points of the contest, K-State would not score a point over the next 8:20 of game time. Fortunately, the defense kept the Rebels from running away with the game, as their largest lead was 14-4 before the teams went to the halftime break at 23-16.
Bring On The Cats: FINAL: Texas 27, Kansas State 24 - What Could Have Been
It all came down to zeroes.After a first quarter which made it look like Kansas State was going to roll, followed by two quarters of Texas dominating the game to take the lead, the Wildcats rallied back. But in the end, Dicker the Kicker's 26-yard field goal with no time left on the clock allowed the Longhorns (6-3, 4-2) to escape with a 27-24 victory at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin.
The key moment, perhaps, was a 3rd-and-14 at midfield on the final Texas drive. K-State (6-3, 3-3) gave an aggressive look at the line, but instead of backing off as they'd done most of the game, Scottie Hazleton pulled the trigger and sent the house.
Bring On The Cats: How to Watch: K-State at Texas
The No. 16 Kansas State Wildcats (6-2, 3-2 Big 12) travel to Austin, Texas, to play the Texas Longhorns (5-3, 3-2 Big 12). A K-State victory would do a lot for the Wildcats: keep them in the chase for a Big 12 Championship Game appearance, confirm their win over Oklahoma two weeks ago wasn't a fluke, improve their position for a major bowl game, and retake the driver's seat in the rivalry after losing two in a row to the Longhorns. PreviouslyThe Wildcats took care of business last week against the Kansas Jayhawks, winning 38-10 while only allowing a touchdown in the final minute of the game when the results were already decided.
Bring On The Cats: Kicking the Tires: Texas Longhorns
K-State is riding high coming into this Saturday's game with Texas. The Wildcats have won three straight conference games. Meanwhile, the Longhorns have lost two of their last three and the only win was a two-point home escape over KU.A month ago, that previous paragraph seemed inconceivable. K-State was 0-2 in conference play and was more or less noncompetitive against Oklahoma State and Baylor. The Longhorns, on the other hand, had just defeated West Virginia to move to 2-0 in conference play and hopes were high for the Red River Shootout.
Just a reminder. It's a long season, and what seems unthinkable today could become reality tomorrow.
Bring On The Cats: SLATE: K-State women take on Omaha, Chase Young suspended
It was all set to be a very quiet Slate for a Friday morning during football season. Very, very quiet. And then...BREAKING NEWS, of the non Kansas State variety: Ohio State has announced that Chase Young is suspended indefinitely, and most definitely from the Maryland game tomorrow, while they investigate a potential NCAA violation from last year which places his eligibility in jeopardy. Young has arguably been the most entertaining and dominant player to watch this season, so this is huge, huge news.
Fansided: Kansas State Football continues absolute domination over Jayhawks
All week, all anyone heard was how great and amazing the Kansas Jayhawks offense has been the past two weeks and that the Kansas State Wildcats defense would be lucky to keep the game close.After close games on the road against Texas and an interesting victory over Texas Tech, the Jayhawks came into the game thinking they could, and would, win.
Les Miles opened his big mouth and the rest of the Jayhawks followed, even local sports talk radio got into the fact, fooled by the shiny new toy that was the Jayhawks not embarrassing the very game they purported to participate.
Bring On The Cats: SLATE: Kansas State moves up, and Texas kickoff time set
First things first, news: kickoff time for Saturday's matchup with Texas in Austin has been set for 2:30pm CT, and the game will air on flagship ESPN. That means a high-profile mid-afternoon spotlight on your Kansas State Wildcats, who achieved bowl eligibility earlier this year than in any season since 2014. The athletic department welcomes you to get your bowl ticket order in right away.That was the year K-State entered November as a top-ten team after suffering only a loss to Auburn. Not coincidentally, perhaps, that was also the last year K-State beat Oklahoma.
Bring On The Cats: Sunflower Smackdown
Meet the new champ, same as the old champ. Kansas State beat Kansas 38-10 to take the Governor's Cup for the 11th consecutive time. That equals Kansas State's longest streak in this series.This win made Chris Klieman the first Kansas State head coach to win his inaugural game against Kansas since Stan Parrish accomplished the feat way back in 1986. Klieman is now one of just seven coaches in school history to win the big rivalry game on his first try. Of course, Klieman's Wildcats are already well ahead of Parrish's first batch, because yesterday's win also secured bowl eligibility for Kansas State (Nathan Enserro, K-State Collegian).
Bring On The Cats: FINAL: Kansas State 38, Kansas 10 - Beatdown in Lawrence
A crushing defense and an effective offense overcame a plague of penalties as Kansas State cruised to an easy 37-3 win over arch-rival Kansas today at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, in the process securing bowl eligibility for Chris Klieman in his first season at the helm.Ultimately, it was the decision by Les Miles to go for it on fourth down twice deep in his own territory in the fourth quarter which decided the game once and for all. K-State was able to score 14 quick points as a result, turning a probable win into a certainty.
Bring On The Cats: Sunflower Gameday!
The gridiron version of the Sunflower Showdown kicks off today in Lawrence. The game is set for 2:30 PM and can be seen on FS1. For more game-specific details, check out AMS's How to Watch post.TB kicked the tires on Kansas, and believe it or not, set aside his naysaying long enough to actually pick Kansas State this time. Drew Schneider weighed on the Wildcats' newfound confidence on offense, noting that Malik Knowles' return automatically opens up a huge set of possibilities.
This year's game has some hype to it.
Bring On The Cats: 22/25 Kansas State at Kansas: Sunflower Showdown Open Game Thread
The 2019 has been a season of new beginnings for both the Kansas State Wildcats and the Kansas Jayhawks. New coaches coaches have brought renewed energy to both programs. And big wins last week have brought renewed excitement to today's contest.It's time for the Sunflower Showdown.
This may be the most anticipated game between the two rivals for both fanbases since Bill Snyder returned to the K-State sidelines and helped ruin the "History Awaits" season for Mark Mangino's Jayhawks (which was also the last time KU won more than three games in a season).
Bring On The Cats: Kansas State Football: The Return of Malik
"Where has that been this season?"This question has come up often in the afterglow of the offensive explosion against Oklahoma.
"How can an offense look that bad against Baylor and Oklahoma State and that good against Oklahoma?"
Some of it can be explained away easily. Oklahoma was terrible on defense last Saturday. Kansas State punched them in the mouth, and they folded like a poorly constructed Boomer Schooner. The defensive shortcoming of the Sooners, however, don't tell the entire story. On a team as thin as Kansas State, a couple players can make a huge difference.
Bring On The Cats: The Sunflower Showdown finally matters
The 117th episode of the Sunflower Showdown, one of college football's longest-running soap operas, kicks off tomorrow in Lawrence. The #22/25 Wildcats will attempt to extend their latest winning streak in this series to 11, equaling the streak from 1993 to 2003, and surpassing the Jayhawks' longest win streak of 10 games (1956-1965).For the first time in decades, both teams come into the contest with new head coaches. Even more interestingly, both teams are coming off big wins. In Kansas State's case, that win was a takedown of #5 Oklahoma, and for Kansas, a last-second win engineered by a bizarre SNAFU from Texas Tech.
James Gilbert (Undisclosed) is questionable Saturday vs West Virginia
Eric Gallon II (Knee) is out for season
Justin Hughes (ACL) is out for season
AJ Parker (Undisclosed) is questionable Saturday vs West Virginia
Cody Fletcher (Leg) is out indefinitely