Wildcats – Big 12 CHAMPIONS
Wildcats – Big 12 CHAMPIONS
By Connor Riley
You could not have written a better Hollywood script. The massive underdog Kansas State Wildcats going against a team described as the best in ever in College Football. The Sooners have been anointed by some writers across the country as unbeatable. Some have even claimed that this Oklahoma team if not the best in the history of College Football, certainly the best in the country and amoung the best in the History of the game.
Tonight the underdog won. Tonight Head Coach Bill Snyder silenced the pundits and media when his Kansas State Wildcats defeated the number one ranked team in the country to Win the Big 12 Chamionship!
Not only did Bill Snyder destroy the Sooners, he very well could have destroyed the much maligned BCS formula and added more jet fule to the fire over who is the number one team in the country. And then there are those who witnessed the game this evening and know who the number one team in the country was tonight.
The Kansas State Wildcats are the 2003 Big 12 Champions. Let that sit in for just a moment and you will realize the Herculean feat that the underdog just accomplished. Ponder a bit a more and the fashion in which the Wildcats dispatched the Sooners as nothing short of spectacular. The Cats had their way with Oklahoma save for a couple pesky minutes to start the game. Sure the Sooners drew blood first and might have ripped off a 42 yard run to start the game but it all came to a abrupt stop. Perhaps the Cats were simply warming up because from that moment on then it was all KSU Lynch Mob Defense. Bill Snyder had his team ready to play and play they did. They ran the ball. They passed the ball. They made big plays and the played physical. Did I say physical, I meant KSU physical. Knock you in the dirt, chase you all over the field and then knock you in the dirt, almost knock you out don't go over the middle physical.
Hats off to the Defensive coaches….they put a defensive package and gameplan together tonight that had the Sooners confused and tormented. The Lynch Mob was in rare form this evening as they road roughshod all over Jason White and the Sooner offense. And let's not be modest folks, at no time all this year has a team so dominated the Sooners. Running game, pretty much non-existent. The Lynch Mob held the Sooners offense in check all night while getting to Jason White repeatedly. No team this entire year has been able to get to Jason White and tonight the Cat Defense knocked him down, picked him off, threw off his timing and hurried him on several occasions. Tonight the Cats played the type of game that defines KSU defense: rugged, physical, constant and explosive. Give credit to Senior Jason White for playing on after he was hit repeatedly and playing in obvious pain. But give even more credit to a much maligned defense that replaces Newman and so many had said was too weak in the secondary to compete. Tonight- they more then Competed, they dominated.
Offensively, Ell Roberson and Darren Sproles showed the reason some had tabbed them thunder and lightening before the season ever began. Darren racked up 230 yards on the ground and caught a 60 yard screen pass from Ell and took it to the house. Ell played like a senior should- poised and in charge. Ell took over the game both with his feet and his arm. He and Darren played in such tune with one another it was a thing a beauty. Scampering for first downs and checking off into big plays, tonight Ell made all the right moves. Big plays defined the game early as James Terry hauled in a 63 yard strike, bounced off one tackler and then another to put the Cats up by 6- and they never looked back. The offense continued to run on the vaunted Sooner defense, and then set up big passes on the play action. Running often right into the heart of the Sooner D and more All Americans then you can shake a stick at- Sproles looked like a man possessed making cuts that would surely break others ankles. Darren created tonight making people miss and never once putting the pill on the carpet. What is so impressive is not that the Wildcat offense was able to put so many yards up but they could do it both through the air and on the ground. Darren is some kind of special and I think he more then proved who the real Heisman Hopeful was this evening.
Tonight Cat Fans witnessed a clinic on both sides of the ball. The sagely Bill Snyder wrapped up his first ever Big 12 Championship Title with an awe inspiring win over the number one team in the country. Tonight David beat Goliath and he beat him soundly. People are going to open their papers tomorrow morning, rub their eyes and think the score in front of them to be a typo- all save those who saw one of the best underdog games possibly of all time, but certainly in the History of the Big 12. Say what you will about Bill Snyder, and many media have done just that- but the man is a Champion. And for the rest of the year so are the Kansas State Wildcats.
Big 12 Champion- Kansas State Wildcats.
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