October 7, 2006

Comeback Cats

With just more than four minutes left to play in Saturday's game against Oklahoma State, Kansas State's offense, which had not scored a touchdown in more than 130 minutes of action, trotted onto the field trailing the Cowboys 27-17. So, what did the Wildcats do? Scored two touchdowns in the final minutes, of course, behind true freshman and first-time starter Josh Freeman to pull out a thrilling 31-27 victory in front of 46,616 fans at Snyder Family Stadium.

Freeman engineered two memorable drives in the final minutes against the Cowboys (3-2, 0-1), first leading the Wildcats (4-2, 1-1) 92 yards on six plays to cut the deficit to 27-24 on a Leon Patton 1-yard touchdown run with 3:04 left to play. That was hardly the only key play Patton made on the day, but we'll get back to him later.

K-State's defense promptly stuffed OSU to get the ball back to Freeman, and the 6-foot-6, 238-pounder from Grandview, Mo., soon made the signature play of his young career. With less than a minute-and-a-half remaining and after failing to find an open receiver, Freeman pulled the ball down and worked his way into the end zone from 21 yards out to give his team a 31-27 lead with just more than a minute left, and at the same time electrified a crowd that just minutes earlier seemed relegated to the fact that their Wildcats would fall for the third straight week.

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