"We Played Our Hearts Out"

The Cowboys outlasted the Cats to squeeze out a 41-39 victory in front of 41,725 at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday night. Although the score will only show a L, these Wildcats gave it everything they had---and then some.

Kansas State football coach Ron Prince said, "We gave a good fight, but it wasn't enough."

Wide receiver Deon Murphy added, "We played our hearts out, but it wasn't enough." Both Wildcats were right. K-State was good, but not good enough.

Just check out some of these numbers in Saturday's 41-39 loss to Oklahoma State:
* Kansas State rolled up 529 yards, the most in a Wildcat loss dating back to posting 565 against Nebraska in a 45-28 setback in 1993.
* The Wildcats moved the chains 30 times, the most since also having 30 first downs against Iowa State in 2001.
* K-State averaged a whopping 7.1 yards per snap.
* Josh Freeman passed for 404 yards, the fourth highest single-game total in K-State history ... and he did it without an interception and a single-game KSU record of 36 pass completions.
* Jordy Nelson became just the seventh Wildcat to ever catch three touchdowns in a single game.
* On defense, K-State held O-State to six non-scoring drives of no more than four plays out of 13 total offensive series, yet the Cowboys totaled 510 yards of offense with five touchdowns and two field goals.
* Twice, OSU had the ball at the KSU-10, and first down, yet was able to gain just three total yards on seven plays, and settled for three points.

All of those numbers, yet in a 41-39 loss Saturday night at Oklahoma State University.

"There is no such thing as a moral victory. It just doesn't equate to anything," said Freeman, whose 51 passing attempts ranks fourth in K-State history. "We're 2-2 in the conference and Oklahoma State is 3-1, which is where we wanted to be."

While K-State's defense had moments of glory, it was also guilty of giving up drives of 15, 14, 10 and 9 plays, and OSU possessions that covered 83, 80, 69, 60 and 57 yards.

That's not to mention OSU's six-play, 49-yard drive in the final 70 seconds of the game that resulted in the game winning 26-yard field goal.

"I don't think we lost the game on that last drive," defensive back Chris Carney said. 'I think we lost it throughout the game when we couldn't stop them."

To Carney, it was a case of "... missed tackles. It's been an issue, and still is an issue. It comes down to fundamentals."

"We have some things that need fixed," defensive end Ian Campbell admitted.

For whatever it's worth, K-State is not the only team that has been beaten up by the Cowboys offense. Since losing to Troy, 41-23, on Sept 14, O-State has posted a 4-1 record with at least 39 points in four of the five games, and having yardage games of 610, 584, 459, 551 and 510 yards.

Still, the loss wasn't all the fault of the K-State defense.

K-State had six fumbles, three of which were lost, plus a give-away on a punt when the ball glanced off a Wildcat and was recovered by O-State. And, there was the 98-yard kickoff return given up by special team play.

The Cowboys scored a touchdown and a field goal after K-State turnovers, plus the Wildcats lost a fumble at the OSU-6 costing them a potential three to seven points.

For the 2-2, 4-3 Wildcats, the 0-3, 3-5 Baylor Bears coming to town might be at just the right time.

Baylor's rushing game (81) ranks 111th in the nation, and its scoring offense (21.9) is 97th nationally.

Kickoff Saturday for KSU's Homecoming game with the Bears is 2:35. The game will not be televised.


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