Senior Day!! - Cats take out Horns

A game that began with a ceremony honoring the 2006 seniors on the Wildcat football ended with a celebration that few outside of Manhattan gave any chance of happening. With fans storming the field and the scoreboard showing 45-42, several Wildcats ended their Little Apple playing days with big, big win. Some turned in performances they will remember forever - like Yamon Figurs.

Of all the senior Cats, wide receiver Yamon Figurs turned in the biggest game. Figurs pulled in six catches for 123 yards, including a pair of long touchdowns. He also set up another Wildcat score with a 52 yard punt return that took K-State down to the Texas 8-yard line. "Josh (Freeman) and Yamon have a nice chemistry," coach Ron Prince said. "To be able to hit those two big post plays of play-action passes, that was terrific for us."

"Everything was just right," an excited Figurs said following the contest; still seemingly ready to take off on a post route. "Like coach said, follow the system and be the best team in November."

In his third year contributing to the Wildcat offense, Figurs said this victory would definitely rank "up there" in his gridiron memories of his time at K-State – a period of time filled with highs and lows alike. "The road isn't always going to be straight," Figurs said. "There're going to be some ups and downs and curves that are going to throw you off, but you've just got to keep going."

"It's hard to believe," senior lineman Greg Wafford said of the idea that he has played his final game in Manhattan. "I've been here for three years, and just this year it seemed like it went by real quick. We leave everything on the field, so I don't have anything to regret." Wafford was not ready to close the book on the season, but admitted this was a career highlight. "We've still got two more games to go win, but right now this is the number one game – right now."

"It was almost like a fairy tale, or something," senior defensive tackle Quentin Echols said. "Something that you see on TV, but you never think can happen to you. This is a great win for the seniors, the program, and also for the fans. They supported us all year.; even when things weren't looking good. So they got their reward today."

As for personal gratification, Echols said he could not have scripted a better finish to his career in Manhattan. "I remember a couple friends back home saying ‘What is your coach thinking scheduling Texas for Senior Night?'," Echols said. "This is one of those things I don't think hardly anybody believed besides us. I couldn't ask for anything better."

Senior linebacker Brandon Archer echoed Echols sentiments. "This (win) was a great one. It was a great one," Archer, who made a game-changing play in the first quarter, knocking Longhorn quarterback Colt McCoy out of the contest, said. "I can't believe it. The way it came down to the end like that. It was just really, truly amazing."

Big play by unsung true freshman

Josh Freeman and Leon Patton have garnered most of the headlines when it comes to the Wildcats' 2006 freshmen, but cornerback Josh Moore, who has quietly moved into a starting role, came up with a huge play in the second quarter. With the scored tied at 14, and the Longhorns trying to convert a third-and-six opportunity from their own 27, Moore made a diving deflection to shut down a slant pattern.

Had the ball gotten by Moore, nothing stood between Texas receiver Billy Pittman and the end zone. In turn, Moore's play led to the Longhorn punt that Yamon Figurs returned 52 yards to set up the third Wildcat touchdown.

There are those, fans and mendia alike who early in the season had their reservations about this team. Last night, in Coach Prince's first year at the helm, these Cats turned in the performance of a lifetime and the direction of this program looks even brighter the day after 45-42 and Kansas State over the defending National Champion Texas Longhorns. Something that could not be done without the players buying into what Coach Prince is accomplishing in Manhattan. Great effort, great win - Thank you Seniors for the Memories.

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