Big 12: Brock Jensen
Look at the bright side, Pokes fans: At least this afternoon's headlines will be dominated by new iPhones.
- Part I of the Sports Illustrated investigative report on Oklahoma State was released this morning. OSU athletic director Mike Holder said the SI allegations are very disturbing on Monday and also called every Big 12 AD to apologize in advance for the story. OSU players are already denying the allegations, and fans are understandably nervous.
- West Virginia's investigation into assistant Joe DeForest, a key player in the SI story, will be handled "quickly but thoroughly." Meanwhile, the three-man battle for the West Virginia QB job is opening up again, putting WVU right back where it started. WVU coaches do know they have a talented defense.
- Mack Brown further explained the firing of Manny Diaz on Monday and argued it wasn't a panic move. USA Today's George Schroeder offers his take from the press conference. Brown has a short leash now, and some say Brown and Texas are where they deserve to be.
- The TCU game is a measuring stick for Texas Tech's progress to start Big 12 play. Kliff Kingsbury says Michael Brewer, who hasn't practiced in a month, likely won't be returning soon. Running back Quinton White is ready for a bigger role after a breakout performance.
- Don't expect Casey Pachall to take a medical redshirt for this season, even if he does miss eight weeks. Kingsbury says the Frogs' QB situation was a pick your poison problem for defenses before Pachall went down. Remember, Devonte Fields is back in the starting lineup this week after playing one half last week.
- Oklahoma coaches are confident Blake Bell can get the job done with Trevor Knight out. The next two weeks are critical for Bell and OU, but both Bell and Knight have been gracious thus far about their competition.
- ISU running back Jeff Woody says he's vehemently against ending the ISU-Iowa rivalry in the future. Paul Rhoads wants the Cy-Hawk Trophy but is fine with lollipops, too.
- North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen received a handwritten note from Bill Snyder after NDSU's upset win. Tyler Lockett is becoming Kansas State's No. 1 receiver with Jake Waters behind center.
- ESPN's No. 1 ranked juco recruit isn't starting for Kansas, and Charlie Weis explains why. KU, which had 90 punt return yards in the entire 2012 season, just got 92 from former walk-on Connor Embree.
- The start Baylor is off to this season has been unbelievable, particularly on offense. But is Bryce Petty off to a RGIII-like start to his season?
August, 31, 2013
By Brandon Chatmon | ESPN.com
North Dakota State did it again.
The FCS school knocked off Kansas State, 24-21, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Friday night in Manhattan, Kan. The Bison have defeated an FBS team each of the last four seasons as the Wildcats joined Kansas, Minnesota and Colorado State. NDSU scored 17 unanswered points to finish off the upset.
That's right, Kansas State paid NDSU $350,000 to come into its home stadium and give it a loss. In fact, NDSU, the two-time defending FCS champion, could pay the salary of coach Craig Bohl, who makes $206,000 per year, with the check it received for visiting the home of the defending Big 12 champion.
AP Photo/Orlin WagnerBrock Jensen's game-winning touchdown run with 28 seconds left put Kansas State on a rapidly growing list of North Dakota State FBS victims.
Bohl's team took its game to another level with the game on the line. The Bison went right at Kansas State, pounding the ball on the ground for an 18-play, 80-yard drive and taking 8:30 off the clock in the final quarter. NDSU quarterback Brock Jensen capped off the drive with a 1-yard plunge with 28 seconds remaining.
The inability to get off the field killed KSU’s defense, as it allowed the Bison to convert 11 of 17 third down conversion attempts, including 4-for-4 on the final drive. If KSU’s defense continues to struggle to get key defensive stops on third down, it could be a long season for the Wildcats, particularly against the explosive offenses of the Big 12.
The Wildcats' offense fell apart after taking a 21-7 lead on a Daniel Sams' 17-yard touchdown run with 9:58 left in the third quarter. KSU’s running game was stuffed by the Bison, who held the Wildcats to 41 yards on 23 carries (1.7 yards per carry). KSU’s lack of running game put the contest on the shoulders of quarterback Jake Waters, who finished 21-of-29 for 280 yards and two touchdowns but also threw two interceptions. Waters wasn’t horrible in his first start after winning the job over Sams, but he couldn’t come up with the critical plays when it mattered, as the Wildcats converted just two of 10 third-down conversion tries.
Clearly it’s back to the drawing board for Kansas State. Making key plays in key moments is often the difference. And the Wildcats couldn’t do that on Friday night. If that continues, a second straight Big 12 title could be out of reach for Bill Snyder and company.