Archive for Sunday, November 12, 2006

The ‘Cats are back

Texas loses QB, shot at national title

November 12, 2006


— Texas lost its young star - and a whole lot more.

Quarterback Colt McCoy was hurt scoring a touchdown on the fourth-ranked Longhorns' opening drive, and his replacement struggled in a 45-42 loss to Kansas State on Saturday night that knocked the defending national champions out of the title hunt.

"One thing about Texas," coach Mack Brown said. "There's never a good time to lose."

The Longhorns (9-2, 6-1 Big 12) got within a field goal on Chris Ogbonnaya's one-yard touchdown run with 1:36 to go. But Jordy Nelson recovered the ensuing onside kick and then caught a six-yard pass for a first down that sealed the Wildcats' win.

"I didn't feel good about this one until the very end," said coach Ron Prince, who has Kansas State back on a winning track after losing records in Bill Snyder's final two seasons as coach. "We were coaching our brains out down there at the very end to make this thing go the way we wanted it to go."

Josh Freeman took a knee, and purple-clad fans streamed onto the field to celebrate their biggest win in a few years.

Freeman threw for 263 yards and three scores and ran for another TD for Kansas State (7-4, 4-3), which scored three touchdowns over a 3:06 span in the third quarter on its way to breaking a six-game losing streak against ranked opponents.

The Wildcats also won their third straight and guaranteed their first winning record since they won the Big 12 championship in 2003.

"Our plan was to be the best team in November," Freeman said. "That's the equivalent of playoff football - be the best in November - and we're on our way to do that."

Texas, fifth in last week's BCS standings, had hoped to move up when No. 15 Rutgers stunned No. 3 Louisville 28-25 on Thursday. And when McCoy went in from a yard out for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, the Longhorns appeared well on their way to doing just that.

But McCoy, whose 27 touchdown passes this season are a school record and two shy of the NCAA's freshman record, got pinned under the pile on the play and came up favoring his right shoulder. He was replaced by freshman Jevan Snead.

It was the first action of the year for Snead, who had pushed McCoy hard for the starter's job this summer. He was 13-for-30 for 130 yards and one score and was sacked five times.

Before he got hurt, McCoy completed all four of his attempts for 51 yards.

"I give credit to their defense," Snead said. "I could have handled it a lot better, but they have a really good defense.

"There were a lot of plays that I could have made but I didn't."

Yamon Figurs caught two touchdown passes for Kansas State and Leon Patton ran for a touchdown and threw to Cedric Wilson for another. Ian Campbell recovered two fumbles, both of which led to touchdown drives.

The Wildcats won despite two disastrous plays by their punt team, which allowed Texas to start two touchdown drives at or inside the 5-yard line.

Snead's 33-yard TD pass to Limas Sweed got the Longhorns within 42-35 with just under 13 minutes left, but Jeff Snodgrass hit a 51-yard field goal with 3:19 left to give the Wildcats some room.

Jamaal Charles ran for 87 yards and two scores for Texas, and Selvin Young ran for another TD. But each also lost a costly fumble in the third quarter, when Kansas State went on its 21-point tear.

Young's 5-yard run early in the period, one play after Michael Griffin blocked Tim Reyer's punt and Tyrell Gatewood recovered, tied the score at 21. But on the Longhorns' next drive, Charles fumbled at Kansas State's 20.

Campbell recovered, and five plays later Patton hit Wilson for an 18-yard TD and a 28-21 lead.

Young fumbled on the second play of the Longhorns' next possession, and Campbell recovered again. Freeman's 30-yard pass to Figurs then put the Wildcats up 35-21.

After Snead threw three incompletions on Texas' next drive, John McCardle blocked Greg Johnson's punt and Daniel Gonzalez recovered at the 23. Gonzalez caught a 20-yard pass from Freeman two plays later, giving Kansas State a first down at the 1, and Freeman took it in on the next play for a 42-21 lead.


topflight 11 years, 6 months ago

GREAT, just a matter of time until they are kicking the crap out of KU again. Oh wait, it will be Saturday, and with one recruit in basketball, it may be 2 sports some day.

BunE 11 years, 6 months ago

That was a freaking crazy game. Who would have thought? Ron Prince is setting the bar for first year coaches, young Freeman has a golden arm.

Leprechaunking13 11 years, 6 months ago

why do non-jayhawk fans post on here, plus if they really think that they will ever "kick the crap" out of KU at basketball then the wildcats need to lay off the catnip

Mike Ford 11 years, 6 months ago

Mr Huggins may get grief from all of the believers of Phog mysticism for not living up to al of the mythical societal values that KU supposedly exhibits publically to make all of the Dick Vitales and Jay Bilas of the world KU groupies, but he does do this, Nick Van Exel, Rueben Patterson, Danny Fortson, Jannero Pargo, Kenyon Martin, and Jason Maxiell, who' showing to the Detroit Pistons why they were smart to pick him ahead of Wayne Simien. KU followers can live in their world of mysticism, but at least this is no longer a one NCAA B-Ball team state. FYI, Patterson went to Independence CC, Pargo went to Neosho CC, and Robert Whaley went to Barton CC. Mr. Huggins knows the CC system in Kansas, and all of these guys have played in the NBA. VIVA LE Wildcats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

willie_wildcat 11 years, 6 months ago

Tuschkahouma- You are dead on! Picking up Huggins was a smart move I feel to get KSU basketball back on track. And yes KU fans do live in a world of mysticism when it comes to basketball.

Last night proved that just because you are a high ranked team that does not mean squat

Leprechaun- Don't be hating :P

In the words tuschkahouma VIVA LE WILDCATS!!!!!

Leprechaunking13 11 years, 6 months ago

Sorry to tell you guys this but any of those players you mentioned couldn't take on a veteran team of KU players that are in the NBA. Say what you like but ya'll are still a football school, if that anymore, unfortunately for you guys if we have a quarterback get hurt next week we gots 2 more that'll kick the purple out of you kittys, and as for basketball maybe you guys can talk smack when you beat us on your home floor cause that's right you haven't done that yet. Your own beloved Huggins said himself that KU has all the players in the Big 12. I expect they'll finish in the middle of the conference no higher than 5 or 6, maybe after a few seasons......maybe

ASBESTOS 11 years, 6 months ago

MAN! That game both teams were laying the wood to each other. I have never seen as many high velocity collisions and hard hits in any game in recent memory. Except for maybe the KU-NU game where KU beat them.

as for B-Ball,

"And yes KU fans do live in a world of mysticism when it comes to basketball."

OF COURSE, they live in the PHOG!

KU has a GREAT Basketball tradition and well deserved.

Leprechaunking13 11 years, 6 months ago

Very well deserved the mancrappenin faithful can dream all they want but their vision of being a 2 sport school is a little out of touch, Prince had an OK year by Wildcat standards but he's 7-4 with a soft northern division and beat texas when they had a second string QB that had taken almost no snaps in real game situations. Huggins won't be able to keep any big recruit he gets more than 2 seasons because Manhattan has nothing there to offer the players or anything close by, besides Huggins couldn't keep recruits for more than 2 years when he was at CINCI in a big city. LIke I said when they beat us on their floor, I'll be more open to KSU basketball until then " I bleed Crimson and Blue, therefore I sh*t purple!"

BunE 11 years, 6 months ago

Oh, are a kick. Its great that you somehow think that one has to be a KU fan to live in Larry...Maybe you could put purple stars on KSTATERs and put them in ghettos so that you can be safe from them?
Your mean spirited jackassery is funny and typical of the KU fan. You feel threatened and confused by anyone who isn't a rabid fan of the 'hawks. After all KU is pure and good and has like 20 national championships and will get at least 10 more under Self.
How about you enjoy the Hawks this year and not worry about Huggy Bear? Mk? Solid.

willie_wildcat 11 years, 6 months ago

BunE- Thank you thank you thank you....I live in Lawrence and am a KSU fan and most people do not harrass me at all when I wear purple. I guess it is the small percentage of people like leprechaun that are insecure enough to slam on other fans that are not KU if even the slightest criticism or insult is hurled their way...

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