‘CATS NOW PLAYING FOR BIG 12 TITLE

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State now has seven … count them … seven victories this year by seven points or less this season, which has lifted the Wildcats to a 9-2 record heading into the Dec. 3 final against Iowa State. That record could gain the Wildcats a share of the Big 12 title with Oklahoma State, or Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

All of a sudden, Kansas State's really, really, really good football season, could be turning into a historical one. All of a sudden, the Wildcat Nation has turned a portion of its energy into pulling for the Oklahoma Sooners on Dec. 3.

With a K-State win earlier that Dec. 3 morning against Iowa State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, and if the Sooners could defeat Oklahoma State in a 7 p.m. kickoff that day in Stillwater, then the Wildcats would claim a share of the 2011 Big 12 Conference Championship.

With Saturday's 17-13 win over the Texas Longhorns … the Wildcats seventh win of the season by seven points or less … K-State improved to 6-2 in the conference and 9-2 for the season.

With Saturday's loss to Iowa State last Friday, Oklahoma State fell to 7-1 and 10-1, and with Saturday's loss by Oklahoma to Baylor, the Sooners dropped to 5-2 and 8-2 with games remaining against Iowa State this week in Norman, and on Dec. 3 at Okie State.

In other words, it's most feasible that the final standings could show a three-way tie for first with K-State, O-State and OU.

K-State still has an outside chance of getting an at-large position in the Bowl Championship Series events, or either the Cotton Bowl or Alamo Bowl.

WILDCATS PREVAIL … AGAIN

It was so reminiscent of August 31, 1996, when Kansas State defeated Texas Tech, 21-14, in the first-ever Big 12 Conference game ever played.

The Red Raiders won nearly every statistical category known to football … but the one that counted. It was a day when K-State rushed for a negative-12 yards and had just 160 yards of total offense; it was a day when Tech totaled 392 yards on a whopping 119 snaps.

Saturday in Austin, Texas, Kansas State continued its magical ride through the 2011 season by defeating Texas, 17-13.

The ‘Cats defeated Texas 17-13 despite totaling just 121 yards, its lowest output since a 182-yard effort against Kansas in 2005; the ‘Cats defeated Texas 17-13 despite totaling just eight first downs, its lowest number since the Nebraska game of 1996.

"They just beat the tar out of us," admitted KSU coach Bill Snyder. "Texas is a tremendously talented defensive team, and they played extremely well."

Quarterback Collin Klein simplified, "We just didn't execute."

Of his own game, Klein admitted that his on-field activity had been limited this week, adding, "It's been all mental reps, really."

Klein totaled just four net yards on 26 rushes, and the K-State team ran the ball 38 times for a net 39 yards.

BUT, K-State did win a couple pivotal departments of the game.
• K-State was penalized just twice for 10 yards.
• K-State won the turnover portion of the game 2-0.

"It really came down to two turnovers. Other than that it was an even game," said Texas coach Mack Brown. "Two great defenses played hard throughout."

To that, Snyder said of the turnovers, "They made a big difference." And overall, he added, "Our defense had to stand up all day, because our offense didn't."

REMARKABLE NUMBERS:

3-4-1-7-7-3-4 – Amazingly, those are the margin of victories in seven of K-State's nine victories. Oh, one of the two losses was a seven-pointer that went down to the last snap of the ballgame at Oklahoma State.

4 – With interceptions by Emmanuel Lamur and Ty Zimmerman, K-State's defense has scored multiple interceptions in four games this year. The 17 picks for the season is the most since the 2007 season.

9 – Leading the Wildcats in tackles were Nigel Malone, Tysyn Hartman and Tre Walker.

11- -2 – K-State has a plus-11 turnover margin this season to rank second in the Big 12, while Texas is at -2. Saturday, the Wildcats were turnover-free, while forcing two Longhorn mistakes.

11-of-12 – Kansas State has enjoyed 12 seasons of at least nine wins. Eleven of those have come with Bill Snyder as the head coach.

12-5 – K-State is 12-5 in games played against Texas-based schools since 2006.

16 – There were 16 punts in the game … 10 by KSU and 6 by UT.

20-15 – The Wildcats are 20-15 against the Texas Big 12 schools since the start of Big 12 play. 32:00 – Texas kept the ball for 32 minutes to K-State's 28 minutes. It's the first time this season that K-State has lost the time of possession category. In Big 12 games only, K-State had been averaging 35:23 of time of possession.

100,705 – That's how many fans who viewed the game in person. It's the biggest crowd that K-State has ever played before.


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