Manhattan, KS– For the second straight year the Wildcats and Head Coach Bill Snyder have outdone themselves. Picked to finish 6th in the Big 12 preseason polls, the Wildcats have finished on top of the conference for just the second time ever. K-State put the finishing touches on its Big 12 title by “owning” Texas for the 5th straight time, 42-24.
K-State entered saturday’s match up needing a win to secure a Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth due to Oklahoma defeating TCU earlier in the day.
An emotionally charged night begin with one of the loudest senior night presentations in K-State history as three of K-State’s all time greats, Collin Klein, Arthur Brown, and Nigel Malone, were all playing their final game in Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
The game started out according to plan for K-State, a Nigel Malone almost pick 6 gave K-State an early lead. Malone intercepted a Case McCoy pass and ran it back 20 yards to the endzone less than 5 minutes into the game. The only problem, Malone pulled a Desean Jackson and dropped the ball at the one yard line before he went into the endzone. But since the play was ruled dead and was not clearly recovered by either team, and was instead picked up by an official, K-State got the ball were Malone dropped the ball. Klein punched it in on a QB sneak on the ensuing play.
However, the rest of the first half was more than a little rough for Bill Snyders Cats. Following a 43 yard punt by Alex King that was downed at the K-State 1, K-State marched all the way into the Texas red zone before Klein uncharacteristically threw into double coverage and was picked off by Adrian Phillips. Texas quickly got a touchdown and a field goal, and went into the half with a 10-7 lead.
After trading touchdowns in the 3rd quarter, Texas owned a 17-14 lead with 7:24 to go in the 3rd quarter. After that, it was all K-State. Collin Klein engineered an 11 play 67 yard drive that was capped by Huberts 2nd rushing touchdown of the night, while the Horns were forced to punt on their ensuing drive.
On the next play, Klein faked a handoff to Angelo Pease before dialing up a 51 yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett to blow open the game for K-State. Texas attempted to cut into the Cats 11 point 4th quarter lead but kicker Nick Jordan missed his chance to cut the game to a one score lead.
The Cats went three and out on their next drive but took advantage of a Quandre Diggs muffed punt to increase the lead. Klein drove the Cats 39 yards down the field, and Hubert capped the drive with a 1 yard touchdown run for his 3rd rushing touchdown of the night.
The snowball kept on rolling for Texas. A second McCoy interception ended any hope of a Texas comeback and gave Collin Klein a chance to run in one final touchdown in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Klein took it off the right side for 9 yards and a touchdown as Willie climbed the press box to do his K-S-U chant for the first time in 12 years.
A late Malcom Brown touchdown run finished the scoring at 42-24.
Following the victory, K-State students and fans stormed the field to congratulate the Cats on their 2nd Big 12 title. In the end, it was a game that will go down right next to the 2003 Big 12 championship game. Along with the title, it sealed K-States trip to Tempe for a Fiesta bowl date with Oregon.
The final words in Bill Snyder Stadium on this night sounded, Stand up for the Champions.