Archive for Sunday, October 28, 2001

Eudora tight end has never lost to Jayhawks

October 28, 2001


— Nick Warren wasn't even playing football the last time Kansas University beat his Kansas State squad.

Actually, the Eudora High product was just wrapping up seventh grade in 1992.

But when the Wildcats clinched a 40-6 victory Saturday at KSU Stadium, their ninth consecutive win over KU, the 6-foot-7, 255-pound senior orchestrated cheers of more than 50,000 purple-clad fans as he ran off the field with his index finger pointed skyward.

"Having never lost to these guys in my career means a lot," said Warren, a fifth year senior. "We take a lot of pride in that, for all the guys that played before me that never lost and now I haven't ever lost to KU either."

The three-time Eudora team MVP didn't have a great day statistically speaking Saturday, as he only caught one pass for 16 yards, but Warren usually isn't the top threat. He only has a little more than 200 receiving yards in his career.

Still, the tight end has his place, especially in the Wildcats' running game which amassed 349 yards in KSU's first conference victory of the season Saturday.

Senior running back Josh Scobey had a career day, rushing 28 times for 204 yards and two touchdowns.

"We ran hard, the line blocked and we got a lot of yardage," said KSU coach Bill Snyder, whose team improved to 3-4 overall and 1-4 in the Big 12.

Snyder, known for his elusive answers in post-game interviews was down right enthusiastic after KSU's win, the ninth in a row for the 'Cats over the Jayhawks. He even joked with the media about his team's ongoing kicking woes.

The 13-year coach readily admitted that Saturday's win was a shot in the arm for a team that had suffered four straight setbacks, something the Wildcats hadn't done since '92.

"I don't know if it's relief," Snyder said, "but by nature it feels good to get the win.

"Our players weren't particularly boisterous in the locker room, it was more business like usual."

For the seventh straight year KSU scored 38 or more points against the Jayhawks and senior captain Ben Leber said it was sweet to raise the Governor's Cup one last time.

"It was a great feeling with the governor in there once again," Leber said. "Honestly, we kind of lost that feeling in recent weeks."

Several K-State players said the outcome could turn around their season.

"We wanted to come out today and start basically a new season," said junior starting quarterback Marc Dunn. "We're 1-0 and we have four games left."

While Snyder, of course, would have preferred if things had been perfect, defensive coordinator Phil Bennett praised the Wildcats' ability to keep KU out of the end zone.

"In today's college football with the way teams spread the ball, like they did today, if you hold anybody to 200 yards, your kids are playing pretty good," said Bennett, whose defense allowed 212 total yards offense on 67 plays. "Any time you can play the way we have probably the last six quarters you get the feeling you can play with anyone."

Warren, who turned down a walk-on opportunity with the Jayhawks, hopes such renewed confidence will help KSU build momentum toward becoming bowl eligible.

"We can use this game to turn things in the right direction," he said. "It was a big win, and we're excited about playing Iowa State."

And what about being perfect against the Jayhawks?

"Anytime you can go 5-0 against a team," Warren answered with a smile, "that's a pretty good accomplishment."

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