Manhattan KS– Mark the day, September 22, 2012. This was a day K-State fans will remember for a long time. K-State marched into Norman, Ok. as 14 point underdogs, and walked out with a victory over the 6th ranked team in the country. Heres five things we learned from the K-States biggest regular season win since arguably the 1998 victory over Nebraska.
1. K-State Doesn’t Have To Return A Kick To Dominate Special Teams: The unsung hero of this game was a punter wearing number 9. Ryan Doerr of K-State was only on the field 5. But every single time Doerr punted the ball, it landed inside the Oklahoma 20 yard line. The Sooners were forced to start half of there possessions inside their own 20, 3 of those inside there own 15. While the only time K-State started inside there own 10 was after Blake Bells fumble at the K-State one. Field position had a huge impact on this game, and a lot of it came courtesy of Ryan Doerr.
Manhattan, KS– On Saturday night at 6:50 p.m. the 15th ranked Kansas State Wildcats will play its biggest game since, well the last time they played the Oklahoma Sooners. In a game that has been circled on purple calendars for about a year, K-State will look to do what has never been done before in the Bob Stoops era, win as a ranked team in Norman Oklahoma.
In an almost cliche fashion, the key to winning this game, for both teams, lies in the trenches. Both teams have been left with little returning experience on the offensive line. Oklahoma has lost 2 starters on the offensive line, (Ben Habern to retirement, and Tyler Evans to injury), while graduating another. Forcing left guard Gabe Ikard to switch to center, and right tackle Daryl Williams to switch to left tackle. What appeared to be a strength going into the season, has now become a severe question mark.
Manhattan, KS- Following their most successful season since the 2003 Big 12 Championship, K-State is back this season hoping to improve on last years Cotton Bowl performance. Back is undoubted MVP Collin Klein, and back are All Conference performers, Arthur Brown and Nigel Malone. But gone are Zach Hanson, Colton Freeze, Clyde Aufner, and more notably Tyson Hartman and David Garrett. So how does K-State attempt to repeat that 2011 magic?
The Wildcat 91.9 is proud to announce, that the station will be carrying the 2012 mens basketball big 12 championship in Kansas City. The first game the station will carry is the quarterfinal match up between Kansas State and Baylor at 11:30 a.m. Thursday morning. If the Cats win, the station will also carry all ensuing K-State games.
KSDB will broadcast the game live, both through the airwaves and online at wildcat919.com, in addition to twitter updates at @919sports.KSDB sports reporter Brandon Tadtman will be providing play by play coverage, while Eddie Grier handles color commentator duties. Tadtman and Grier are senior members of the Wildcat 91.9 sports staff with a combined 7 years of broadcasting experience between the two of them.
K-State finished the regular season 21-9, and 10-8 in big 12 play capping off the season with back to back victories on the road at Texas A&M and a 77-58 thumping of Oklahoma State on senior day in Bramlage. K-State is 1-1 on the year against the 11/12 ranked Baylor Bears. Inclduding a 75-73 heartbreaker in Bramlage on January 10, and a hard fought 57-56 victory in Waco on February 18.
The broadcast schedule and teams are as follows:
Quarter Finals March 8 vs. Baylor, 11:30 a.m.
Play by Play: Brandon Tadtman
Color: Eddie Grier
Twitter: Daniel Flores
Blogger: Michael Pereira
*Semi Finals March 9 vs. Game 4 Winner 5:00 p.m.
Play by Play: Michael Pereira
Color: Daniel Flores
Twitter: Eddie Grier
Blogger: Brandon Tadtman
*Finals March 10 vs. Game 8 Winner 5:00 p.m.
Play by Play: Michael Pereira
Color: Eddie Grier
Twitter: Brandon Tadtman
Blogger: Daniel Flores
* Will only be broadcasted if K-State wins the previous round.
On Saturday night, K-State seniors Jalana Childs, Tasha Dickey, Branshea Brown, JuliAnne Chisholm, and Emma Ostermann played their final home game at Bramlage as K-State lost in a tough game against Texas Tech 64-63 in which K-State lead early by 13 points during the game. It was really disappointing for the K-State to lose their final home game. Childs had a big night scoring 22 points on the night for the ‘Cats. The Wildcats started out hot right out of the gate in the first half making shots and playing good defense and they led 36-30 at halftime. Then the second half, K-State left their offense in the locker room and Texas Tech began on a 12-2 run; following that it seemed like the ‘Cats couldn’t find their groove until about after midway in the 2nd half as began to fight their way back. In the final minutes, Texas Tech left the door open for the Wildcats to complete the comeback as the Red Raiders missed free throws with less than 10 seconds left. After a missed free throw by Tech Tasha Dickey couldn’t convert a pass to Brittany Chambers as it just missed by inches as it went out of bounds (hail r the Wildcats as team to lose their final home game with the Seniors but you got to enjoy the fight that they showed in the 2nd half as they almost rallied from 10 down late in the game. Texas Tech hung on to win the game by one as Monique Smalls for TTU scored 15 points and Shauntal Nobles with 16 points to lead the Red Raiders. Texas Tech goes to 18-12 overall and 6-12 in the conference, meanwhile Kansas State and Deb Patterson falls to also 18-12 with a 9-9 Big 12 conference record as they both get ready to go to Kansas City, Missouri for the Big 12 Tournament next weekend.
Texas Tech (18-12, 6-12)
Shauntal Nobles 16pts, 8rebs
Monique Smalls 15pts, 4assists
Kierra Mallard 15pts, 6rebs
Kansas State (18-12, 9-9)
Jalana Childs 22pts, 3rebs
Brittany Chambers 11pts, 8rebs
Branshea Brown 10pts
Tasha Dickey 6pts, 6rebs