The Tuesday Top 10
Numerous Wildcats had their best game of the season against Colorado. Freshman quarterback Josh Freeman threw for a career-high two touchdowns and completed 22-of-26 passes for 251 yards. For his efforts, he was named the Big 12 Conference Offense Player of the Week.
Junior wide receiver Jordy Nelson had a season-high 117 yards and his first touchdown of the season. Senior wide receiver Yamon Figurs had 24 yards receiving, 30 yards rushing and two touchdowns that included his first receiving score of the season. Junior wide receiver Daniel Gonzalez had a career-high five receptions for 53 yards.
Nelson had an excellent game, but refused to talk to the media afterwards about his performance.
Numerous writers requested him, but he apparently has chosen to not speak with the media for the rest of the season for some reason.
Coaches at the football and basketball games
Bill Snyder made the trip to Colorado to watch the football game. I talked to him at halftime, and he was all smiles with his former team up 17-0 at the break.
He made the flight home fairly quick, as he was in Bramlage Coliseum later Saturday night to watch the men's basketball team defeat Washburn 94-90 in a triple overtime exhibition thriller. Coach Ron Prince also made it back in time to watch the game. He showed up during the second overtime.
Fox Sports Net was televising the game, and the sideline reporter interviewed Prince on the field directly after the game. He sounded just fine then, but his voice was very hoarse after he went into the locker room for about half an hour to talk to his players.
His demeanor was calm when he came out to talk to the media, but I think he was just putting on a show for us. He was extremely excited that his team had answered critics and finally qualified for a bowl game, and I think he was yelling and celebrating with his players afterwards. He was definitely a lot more excited than what he showed us.
Another offensive line shift
Junior Logan Robinson earned his first career start against Colorado, as he started at right guard over freshman Brock Unruh, who started the last five games. Senior Michael Frieson returned to the starting lineup, replacing freshman Nick Stringer at right tackle. It was Frieson's first start in six weeks.
Senior Greg Wafford and sophomore Caleb Handy have been holding down the left side of the offensive line for five weeks solid now, and sophomore Jordan Bedore seems to have gotten his spot back at center as he has started there for the last two games.
The lineup used on Saturday is the eighth different starting lineup at the five offensive linemen positions in the 10 games this season.
Prince appears to be getting more depth and better production out of the offensive line lately. The Wildcat offense produced a season-high 439 yards of total offense Saturday, and they had 188 yards rushing.
Snodgrass needs to work on celebration
After kicker Jeff Snodgrass made a 46-yard field goal with one second to play in the first half, he jogged off the field celebrating with his teammates. Defensive coordinator Raheem Morris tried to give him a chest bump, but knocked Snodgrass down in the process. He rolled on his back and jumped up while trying to pretend like nothing happened.
He went on to make another field goal (27 yards) later in the game. He made 2 out of 3 field goals and was 4-of-4 on extra points.
Return of the Lynch Mob?
Colorado had first and goal from the three-yard line on its first possession in the third quarter, but the Buffaloes were unable to score any points after a failed fourth down attempt.
After the impressive stop, some of the Wildcats, including sophomore defensive end Ian Campbell, ran off the field holding up the familiar ‘Lynch Mob' symbol over their heads. I'm not sure if the ‘Mob' is back necessarily, but the defense has definitely had plenty of solid performances this season.
Lack of CU fans
The K-State section of Folsom Field was full of purple and white, but the rest of the stadium was lacking. The stadium seats 53,750 people, but only 42,696 were in attendance to watch the one-win Buffaloes. Both endzones were nearly empty, and the lack of fans might have hurt the home-field advantage for Colorado.
Colorado kicker Mason Crosby is arguably the best kicker in the country. I went and sat down close to the front row a couple of hours before kickoff to watch him warm up. Fans were not allowed in the stadium yet, so I got to see a treat.
He was booting field goals from up to 70 yards. He made a couple of 66 yarders, but he couldn't find the uprights with his longer kicks. One of the 70-yard kicks was short, and the other one had enough leg, but was slightly right. One of the 66-yard kicks was kicked so well that it could have been good from 70, easily. He showed me in warm-ups why they call him the best kicker in college football, because the ball just sounds different when it comes off his foot.
He missed his only attempt of the game – a 51-yarder in the first quarter – but I still think he is going to have a bright NFL career after he graduates at the end of the year.
North Title still possibility?
This is still extremely far-fetched, but remains statistically possible with only two games left in the season.
K-State (6-4 overall, 3-3 Big 12) is still a game out of first place behind Nebraska (7-3, 4-2 Big 12) after both teams won Saturday. The Cornhuskers knocked off Missouri (7-3, 3-3 Big 12), and now the Tigers are tied with K-State for second place in the Big 12 North Division.
Both Nebraska and Missouri hold the tiebreaker over K-State, so it will take a lot to give the Wildcats the bid to play in the Big 12 Championship game.
Nebraska will have to lose its final two games of the season at Texas A&M this weekend and against Colorado Nov. 24, Missouri will have to lose at least one of its two remaining games at Iowa State Nov. 18 and Nov. 25 against Kansas and K-State will have to win its last two games.
The Wildcats finish the season with a home game against the No. 3-ranked Texas Longhorns at 7 p.m. this Saturday on ABC and the Governor's Cup matchup with the Kansas Jayhawks Nov. 18 on FSN.
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