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K-State batters Sooners’ title hopes in road upset

Bob Stoops, Bill Snyder AP

Well hello 2003.

That year, Kansas State nearly derailed Oklahoma’s shot at a BcS title with a win over the Sooners in the Big 12 championship game.  Nine years later, the mentor (pictured, right) has given his star pupil (pictured, left) yet another on-field lesson.

In one of four matchups featuring a pair of Top 25 teams, the No. 15 Wildcats traveled to the No. 6 Sooners and came away with one of the biggest wins in the program’s history.  With the loss, OU drops from the ranks of the unbeaten and will tumble outside of the Top Ten in the rankings.

The magnitude of the loss, which snapped OU’s streak of 14 straight wins over ranked opponents at home under Bob Stoops, cannot be overstated, if for nothing more than a peek at the remainder of the schedule.  The Sooners have four games left against teams currently ranked inside the Top 20 — home games against No. 12 Texas and No. 11 Notre Dame, road games against No. 8 West Virginia and No. 17 TCU — as well as the annual Bedlam showdown with Oklahoma State.

While the loss was costly for OU, it was significant on both a team and individual front for the Wildcats.

With the win, K-State will very likely take a significant leap into the Top Ten when the polls are released Sunday afternoon.  It should also signal the obvious: the Wildcats are not only a significant threat to claim the Big 12 title, but could very well wedge its way into the BcS title mix as well.

One of the biggest reasons for that?  A very underrated defense and one of the most underrated football players in the country.  While Collin Klein totaled “just” 228 yards of offense, it was the 17 yards he accounted for on two fourth-quarter plays that showed the measure of the quarterback.

After an OU touchdown cut K-State’s lead to 24-19 with 4:09 left, Klein and the Cats faced a third-and-11 with just over three minutes remaining.  A 13-yard pass later, KSU had a first down that had nearly extinguished the Sooners’ comeback bid.

Three plays later, that hope was officially extinguished.  Facing yet another third down, this one three yards to go, Klein pounded out five gritty yards.  Two kneel-downs later, the upset was official.

For Klein, it was a sequence that put him squarely on the Heisman map.  For the Wildcats, it was a program-changing win that portends big things on the horizon.

For Snyder?  It’s merely another data point that the Wizard of Manhattan is one of the best coaches in recent college football history, one who doesn’t get the type of national respect that he so richly deserves.

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13 Responses to “K-State batters Sooners’ title hopes in road upset”
  1. cometkazie says: Sep 22, 2012 11:31 PM

    Well put.

  2. Deb says: Sep 22, 2012 11:36 PM

    Shoot! Should have left this FSU/Clemson game and switched to Oklahoma/K-State. But there’s still been some entertaining football this evening!

  3. bigugly2005 says: Sep 22, 2012 11:43 PM

    Landry Jones = Tony Romo ….. big stats SUX under pressure!!!

    I HATE them both!!

    Bring on Bell Dozer!!!!

  4. tigersgeaux says: Sep 22, 2012 11:58 PM

    Whew! Oklahoma Stoops met his mentor again and the Old Master proved he was the better coach again. From athletic ability player to player, I think most would agree that Oklahoma has the edge, but somehow when the team comes together under the coaching of the master Coach Snyder, it is special.

    His players believe it is, and it is. He is a very special coach, one of the best of all time for what he has done at K-State when he was younger and now when he is older, a master coach, teacher, and motivator.

    Congratulations Coach Snyder and Congratulations Kansas State!

  5. beerbudsnbevo says: Sep 23, 2012 12:01 AM

    Not all is lost Boomer Sooner….

    Still have the rest of the night to drink yer moonshine and cuddle with yer cousin….

  6. beerbudsnbevo says: Sep 23, 2012 12:03 AM

    Know why Bob Stoops eats his cereal off of a plate?

    Cause if it was in a bowl he’d loose it….

    Oh Snap

  7. gopokes0714 says: Sep 23, 2012 12:16 AM

    pretty sure Bob has won the last 3 or 4 bowls they have played.

    The Romo comparison is right on. I believe OU has done nothing to stop the OSU game plan from last year. get after Landry, and OU is in real trouble

  8. bowwserr says: Sep 23, 2012 12:27 AM

    Don’t mean to be a stickler here, but since when was the Red River Shootout played as a home and home? Could’ve sworn it was always played in Dallas….

  9. Deb says: Sep 23, 2012 12:31 AM

    ROFL … oooh some people are testy tonight. Wonder why 😉

  10. txnative61 says: Sep 23, 2012 12:59 AM

    Bowserr—Norman is a suburb just north of Dallas, and OU dominates recruiting in the area, so that is really a home game.

  11. bigugly2005 says: Sep 23, 2012 1:25 AM

    Deb, be glad that idiot Landry Jones came back this year. Until that moron is on the bench or GONE , we have no shot at all.

    GOD HE SUX!!!!!!!! So much talent around him WASTED by this suck ass 3rd stringer choke artist.

  12. Deb says: Sep 23, 2012 8:33 AM

    @bigugly2005 …

    Being an Alabama fan, I had no dog in your hunt–just wish I’d turned over to see a closer game than FSU/Clemson turned out to be. Since I didn’t get to see the game, I can’t comment on Landry’s play. But last season, the only team that scared the crap out of me was Oklahoma until injuries took their toll on you guys. It’s early in the season, and you never know how things will shake out for the rest of the top 10. The Sooners can still regroup.

  13. deucez2 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:48 AM


    OU dominates Dallas area recruiting? Have you paid attention to recruiting in the last 3 years? OU has had a decreased recruiting presence in TX every year and have been taking a more national approach. I have a feeling thats why the OU teams of the last 5 years have been slipping slightly. They no longer have that “junk yard dog” mentality that Stoops brought with him in the early 2000’s. With success, they have become softer and more entitled. They are on the verge of facing their own Vietnam just like Texas did in 2010. Lots of laziness and inner turmoil coming out of Norman and it was on display against KSU. How about Stoops blaming his players in his press conference last night? Pretty out of character.

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