Saturday, December 3, 2011
KSU caps amazing season in fitting fashion
By David Ubben
How else would they get their 10th win?
Kansas State's been all about on-field drama this season, and in the season finale, provided even more.
John Hubert stiffarmed a defender into the turf and stumbled into the end zone for a 26-yard score that provided the 30-23 final margin with 3:29 to play.
Iowa State back Jeff Woody fumbled in Kansas State territory on a fourth-and-2 with just more than a minute to play to give the Wildcats another dramatic victory.
Iowa State had four fourth-quarter comebacks of their own, but was denied a fifth.
For Kansas State, it got its first big win of the season via a last-second goal-line stand against Miami. That followed a win over Eastern Kentucky that required a late touchdown after trailing in the fourth quarter.
A late interception off Robert Griffin III and a third-down conversion against Missouri sealed wins over Baylor and the Tigers.
K-State erased a second-half deficit against Texas Tech and beat Texas A&M in four overtimes. A late Texas rally was stuffed by the Wildcats, who declared themselves "Texas State Champions" after beating the Longhorns for a sixth time in eight tries since Texas joined the Big 8 to form the Big 12.
Now, a Wildcats team picked to finish better than just two Big 12 teams is better than all but two, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
If Oklahoma wins on Saturday night, the 10-2 Wildcats would win a share of the Big 12 title, their first since 2003. Positively amazing.
Workhorse Daniel Thomas left for the NFL. He's been replaced by one even better: quarterback Collin Klein. Klein ran for 86 yards and a score and threw for 158 more with a touchdown.
Despite pouring rainstorms that delayed the game two hours, Kansas State's run-heavy offense didn't have a turnover. It committed two penalties.
It won in dramatic fashion late.
What else should we expect?