September 20, 2006

Wildcats hoping to make a little history

The legendary racehorse Man O' War finished second only one time in his career. In 1919, he finished second to a 100-to-1 longshot named Upset. Thus, the term "upset" was born. Once, the term was used to describe Kansas State's feat in the 2003 Big 12 Championship game. On Saturday, the Wildcats could become a famous underdog again if they make history against No. 8 Louisville in Manhattan.

"This is what they call the money game," cornerback Byron Garvin said. "Everybody has to come out and play big. This is a TV game. Everybody wants to see what you're about."

Coming off back-to-back losing seasons and last-place finishes in the Big 12 North division, K-State, behind first-year head coach Ron Prince, has started out 3-0, outscoring its previous two opponents 68-7. The Wildcats are one of four teams without a loss in the Big 12.

The 37-year-old Prince, a Junction City native, has a chance to become the only first-year coach in the program's 110-year history to win his first four games. To do that, he must engineer a feat that eluded even his soon-to-be Hall-of-Fame predecessor, Bill Snyder during his 17-year career: Beat a Top 10 non-conference opponent. It's never been done at K-State.

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