Kicked in Kansas City

Kansas State defenders pull down Oklahoma running back Kejuan Jones during the second quarter of Kansas State's 35-7 win over the Sooners Saturday night at the Big 12 Championship game in Kansas City. The 28-point loss marks the worst during the Bob Stoops era in Norman. Oklahoma's Sugar Bowl hopes will be decided on 4:30 p.m. Sunday during the BCS selection show on ABC. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Over 79,000 fans showed up at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Saturday night expecting to see a blowout. The only problem was the wrong team got blown out.

Kansas State quarterback Ell Roberson threw four touchdown passes and running back Darren Sproles rushed for 235 yards as the 13th-ranked Wildcats ended top-ranked Oklahoma's Big 12 title, and maybe even national title hopes with a shocking 35-7 upset.

"They played an excellent, well-played football game, and really just out played us in every part of the football game, out coached us and put their selves in a great position and won a Big 12 Championship," said OU Head Coach Bob Stoops. "Our hats are off to them. They really took it to us in every part of the game and they deserve the credit they will get and congratulations to them.

It looked like the Sooners were going to dominate as expected early when Kejuan Jones took a hand-off for a 42-yard touchdown run on the Sooners' first possession. But that would be the only time Oklahoma would see the end zone, as Kansas State's defense took over and Roberson and Sproles did the rest helping the Wildcats score 35 unanswered points (21 in the second quarter) to take control of the game.

Oklahoma quarterback Jason White struggled along with the Sooners' offense. White completed 27-of-50 passes for 298 yards, but also threw two interceptions (one returned for a fourth quarter touchdown).

"It was a tough game," said White. "It seemed that they tightened up when we got down to the red zone. We didn't execute down there (red zone), and that is one thing that we had been descent at this season and scoring, or at least scoring field goals. They executed well in the red zone and came out on top."

"We made big plays and we are the team that always makes big plays all year," said junior defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek. "We have always seemed to make the plays, but tonight Kansas State made them. They beat us in every aspect of the game."

"I think it probably becomes the most important (victory) as we have never won a conference championship before," said Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder on the win. "I think there's been a lot of wins in the past 15 years that we cherish a great deal. This one probably is maybe the most significant."

The only question now is if the Sooners are stil headed to play for the national championship in the Sugar Bowl. National BCS experts speculated before the game that OU would be in the Sugar bowl regardless of the outcome in Kansas City, but that answer won't officially come until 4:30 p.m. Sunday when the final BCS standings are announced on ABC.

"All we can do is re-group and come back and play to our capabilities, and play like we have all year," said senior linebacker Teddy Lehman. "We just have to come out and get one more win."

"We would of liked to do a lot of things better," Stoops said. "We had some opportunities early in the game that we weren't able to come through with and they made the plays that mattered. We had opportunities to make some plays and didn't, and in the end that is what matters in these kinds of games and that is what wins for you and loses for you. "We will see where our situation and future is after this tomorrow."

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