November 14, 2006

Persistent Cats found a way to win

If told before the game that Texas would score more than 40 points, run 21 more offensive plays, possess the ball longer and turn the ball over an equal number of times as Kansas State, few could have possibly predicted a victory for the Wildcats. But a win, by the score of 45-42, is exactly what K-State got over the fourth-ranked Longhorns on Saturday night at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

The course of the victory may have been surprising, but the destination was not to those inside the K-State locker room.

"It was a nice win for us. To be honest with you, we told our players all week don't be surprised if you jump out early on these guys and beat them," K-State coach Ron Prince said. "You could say that but the kids believed it. We had a lot of fun with it."

The game produced some surprising statistics, such as Texas running 80 offensive plays and K-State 59. In fact, while the stats are close in most categories, they don't seem to indicate one of college football's biggest upsets of 2006 took place.

The victory pushed K-State's record to 7-4 on the season and 4-3 in Big 12 play, while Texas, the defending national champions, dropped to 9-2 and 6-1, but the loss spoiled the Longhorns' chances of defending their title.

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