October 9, 2006

Sour apples

Three minutes to go, up by 10.

Game over, right?

Usually, yes.

But that definitely wasn't the case this past weekend in Manhattan, Kan., as Oklahoma State allowed Kansas State to score two late touchdowns and secure a 31-27 win.

Its one of those losses that is akin to a gut punch, where you're left staggering and gasping for air after a sudden blow.

The sudden blow for OSU came in the form of freshman quarterback Josh Freeman, who went wild on the Cowboys in the waning moments of the game, piecing together two scoring drives. He had clutch moments both times, with a 46-yard pass setting up the first score and a 21-yard QB keeper which turned out to be the game-winning touchdown.

It was a "worst-case scenario" ending for the Pokes (3-2 overall, 0-1 Big 12), who were coming off a bye week after a defenseless loss to Houston on Sept. 23. This time, special teams miscues played a big role in the loss, as KSU (4-2, 1-1) got on the scoreboard first via a blocked Matt Fodge punt which was returned 21 yards. Later in the game, a 95-yard kickoff return in the third quarter put the Wildcats up 17-13.

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