OK, here's another coffee shop discusser. Where did Saturday's 28-24 heart-thumper over Miami rank among K-State's all-time non-conference regular season victories? Here's the Top 5 thinking here:
NO. 5 – 1898 – Kansas State 20, North Texas STATE 17
It was Bill Snyder's first win, and like Saturday's, it wasn't decided until the very, very end. In fact this one had the winning points scored on the final play of the game – a 12-yard pass from Carl Straw to Frank Hernandez. "The Drive" covered 85 yards in 95 seconds and ended with 0:00 left on the clock.
The game makes the Top 5 not because North Texas State was any kind of special team, but what it did was clear away that black cloud that hovered over KSU Stadium – 16 straight losses and a 0-29-1 record in its previous 30 games. On this day, those dreaded streaks were put to rest.
NO. 4 – 2000 – NO. 8 Kansas STATE 27, Iowa 7
Playing in the Eddie Robinson Classic before 77,148 fans at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium, K-State's defense posted seven sacks with the performance led by d-end Monty Beisel, who had 13 tackles.
NO. 3 – 2001 – NO. 12 KANSAS STATE 10, USC 6
Bill Snyder's 100th all-time win came at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum where the Wildcats scored 10 first-half points, and then held on for dear life.
Do you remember who scored KSU's lone TD? Josh Scobey fumbled the ball into the end zone where Wildcat center Nick Leckey jumped on the loose ball for the score. Scobey rushed for 165 yards and Ell Roberson for 119 yards.
NO. 2 – 2011 – KANSAS STATE 28, MIAMI 24
Stars emerged from every angle in K-State's win at Miami with the highlight coming by the collective defense that stopped the Hurricanes … not once, not twice, not three times, but four times from the 2-yard line to lock up the four-point win. Collin Klein and John Hubert were headliners on offense as Klein passed for 133, rushed for 93 and accounted for three touchdowns, while Hubert rushed for 166 yards and had what proved to be the game-winning score at the 10-minute mark of the fourth quarter as the ‘Cats came from behind for the win. This one may step up to No. 1 if it ends up propelling the Wildcats into a huge season.
NO. 1 – 2002 – NO. 25 KANSAS STATE 27, NO. 11 USC 20
The win at KSU Stadium was a first over a nationally ranked non-conference team in Wildcat history. USC was ranked No. 11 in the national polls, plus it was Snyder's second win over Trojan coach Pete Carroll.
Ell Roberson came in as a reliever to KSU QB Marc Dunn and earned a 204-yard offensive day with 134 coming through the air and 70 by land. K-State had to hold on to stop the Palmer-led Trojans, who scored the final 14 points in the game.