Cat Attack!!

The No. 4-ranked Texas Longhorn football team had the ball on Kansas State's 21-yard line midway through the third quarter with the score tied at 21. Texas running back Jamaal Charles took the handoff and was hit by Wildcat linebacker Justin Roland. Roland's hit jarred the ball loose and it was picked up by defensive end Ian Campbell on the Wildcat 20-yard line.

The next drive for K-State triggered what could end up being the most important three minutes of the season for the Wildcats.

K-State upset Texas Saturday night 45-42 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, and it began with some third-quarter trickery.

On third-and-five, quarterback Josh Freeman hit wide receiver Yamon Figurs for a 29-yard reception down to the Longhorn 46-yard line.

On the next play, Freeman threw a backwards pass to wide receiver Jordy Nelson and he turned around and flung the ball downfield for a completed 28-yard pass to tight end Rashaad Norwood. Nobody in the crowd thought K-State coach Ron Prince would try a play like that twice in a row, but they obviously don't know him that well.

With the ball on the Longhorn 18-yard line, Freeman pitched it to running back Leon Patton who pulled up and launched a touchdown pass to wide receiver Cedric Wilson, giving the Wildcats a 28-21 advantage with 7:45 to play in the third quarter.

"There are some things you have to do during the course of a game to snatch a win," Prince said after his team pulled off the improbably upset. "A team as good as Texas is not going to give it to you. We were thinking, ‘what the heck, we are playing the No. 4 team in the country,' and it all just worked out for us.

This is what we came here to do, we came to win the game."

On Texas' next possession, running back Selvin Young fumbled the ball when safety Andrew Erker knocked the ball loose. Campbell again recovered the ball, and K-State again responded with a point-producing drive.

Freeman dropped back from Texas' 30, and he flung a pass over all the defenders into the waiting arms of Figurs for another Wildcat touchdown with 6:53 remaining in the third. The Longhorns went three and out on their next drive, and fullback John McCardle blocked the punt, which was recovered by wide receiver Daniel Gonzalez on Texas' 23.

Three plays later Freeman again found the end-zone on a one-yard quarterback sneak to give the Wildcats a 42-21 lead, and a 21-point outburst in just 3:06 of the third quarter.

"It happened really fast," Freeman said about the three quick scores. "They had a couple turnovers and we capitalized on them. We got ourselves a big lead and were able to hold onto that down the stretch."

Freeman finished the game with 269 yards passing on 19-of-31 passing. He threw three touchdowns, rushed for one and threw an interception. He also passed former Wildcat quarterback Allen Evridge for first-place on the K-State freshman all-time passing yards list.

He is 41-of-57 for 520 yards and five touchdowns in his last two games.

Figurs was the leading receiver in the game. He tied his career-high in catches (6), and had a career-high in both yards (123) and touchdowns (2) against the Longhorns.

He also had a crucial 52-yard punt return in the second quarter that set up a Patton touchdown. He was tackled at the eight-yard line by the last man that stood between him and scoring, and he said he could practically taste the endzone.

"I really wanted to take that to the house," Figurs said. "It was just there and it was so open. I was surprised.

"The game was on national television, and now the world has seen us. They can judge how good we are from that."


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