A ONE OF A KIND VICTORY FOR THE WILDCATS

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State stunned the Big 12 football world Saturday night with a 24-19 victory over No. 6 Oklahoma … in Norman. With the win, the Wildcats jumped to No. 7 in the national polls heading into this bye week.

Bill Snyder will be the first to tell you that precisely how big of a 24-19 win Saturday's was over Oklahoma remains to be seen on how Kansas State finishes the year.

But for now, let's call it big. No, let's call it BIG.

One never knows for sure, but a type of win that could catapult that finicky thing called momentum into the Wildcats' dressing room for the rest of the season.

For certain, it was a rarity in K-State history as the Wildcats not have just five all-time wins against teams ranked in the Top 10 in the nation. That's five out of 99 tries. Yes, the Wildcats are just 5-94 in those games.

The wins?

2012 – 24-19 over No. 6 Oklahoma 2003 – 35-7 over No. 1 Oklahoma
1995 – 41-7 over No. 6 Kansas
1970 – 21-20 over No. 8 Colorado

Oh, not to be forgotten is the fact that Saturday's victory was K-State's first ever against a Top 10 team in a true road game.

A true road game where Bob Stoops personally entered the game with a 78-3 home field record, which included a 35-1 mark in the month of September … until Saturday.

A true road game where Stoops had been a perfect 7-0 in Big 12 opening games at home, and 13-0 in overall first games to a league year … until Saturday.

A true road game where Stoops had been a perfect 14-0 in home games against ranked teams, and had a personal record of 8-1 against the Wildcats … until Saturday.

Coach Bill Snyder, who has three of KSU's Top 10 victories, said of the latest win, "All wins are important and when you play somebody as good as Oklahoma is means something special. But it's not like our players have never been there before. They had confidence going into the ballgame."

But the fact is, this resent pack of Wildcats had never been there and finished the deal like this one did. They truly did accomplish a first in K-State history by winning such a game on enemy turf.

The win was not a fluke.

While not a domination, K-State ruled the overall time of possession 34:47 to 25:13 and led in the game for nearly 26 minutes compared to nearly 16 minutes by Oklahoma.

K-State had help … no doubt … with OU losing three turnovers leading to 17 Purple points, but credit the Wildcat defense with forcing two of those mistakes.

"We wanted to play fast, run to the ball and tackle well," said linebacker Justin Tuggle. "We did that pretty well today."

It was a team defense that included Arthur Brown leading in tackles with eight, and tackles for losses coming from Tuggle, Ty Zimmerman and Adam Davis, and fumble recoveries by Jarell Childs and Zimmerman, and an interception and two passes broken up by Zimmerman, and QB hurries by Meshak Williams and Ryan Mueller.

It was a defense that not only forced three turnovers, but also one that held the Sooners to no more than five plays in a possession five times in 10 possessions; a defense that held the Big 12's leading rusher Damie Williams to 34 yards (93 below his season average) on 10 carries.

That compares to K-State having just one of its 10 possessions last fewer than five plays; that compares to John Hubert's 130 yards on 23 carries for the Wildcats.

The biggest of those runs was a fourth quarter nine-yard bulldozer for six points. "Coaches always tell me to have a low pad level and keep your feet moving and to just never give up," said Hubert. I did that and came out with a touchdown."

And while Collin Klein was flawless in terms of turnover-type mistakes, both featured K-Staters saluted the ‘Cats in the trenches for the success of the offense.

"I tip my hat to the offensive line," said Hubert. "They stood there and opened up some big holes." Then, "It was then my job to create big plays."

And of dominating the fourth quarter with a 10:25 to 4:35 time of possession domination, Klein said, "We credit our offensive line for giving us the ability to let us do what we had to do. We were able to execute when we had to execute."

The win all goes back to the Wildcats being coached by Mr. Snyder.

As Klein said, "Coach Snyder says to have no limitations and play to the best of our ability. We had to do what we needed to do in order to be ready for a battle, and when the time comes we have to go to battle.

"We believe that together we're able to get it done," said the KSU QB. "It's a big step and a big win. Credit a lot of players across the board."


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