October 6, 2007

Nelson's big catch stands out for Cats

Kansas State controlled the first quarter, but failed to cash in against the Kansas Jayhawks. It proved fatal. Despite the big pass and catch from Josh Freeman to Jordy Nelson that burned KU cornerback Aqib Talib, the Wildcats were controlled in the second half by the Jayhawks in a 30-24 defeat. GoPowercat's D. Scott Fritchen takes you inside the numbers and moments with his Game At-A-Glance.


GAME AT A GLANCE



































Kansas (5-0, 1-0 Big 12)

30


(24) Kansas State (3-2, 1-1 Big 12)

24


Bill Snyder Family Stadium • Manhattan

Attendance: 50,924

Kickoff time: 11:08 a.m. • End of Game: 2:34 p.m.

Temp: 79 • Wind SW 18 mph • Partly Cloudy

STATISTICS


KU


KSU


1st Downs

24


17


Total Yards

437


363


Passing

267


310



Rushing

170-


53


Penalties

3-34


4-45


3rd Down Conversions

6-14


4-16


4th Down Conversions

0-1


0-1


Turnovers

3


3


Possession

29:20


30:40


INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Kansas
Passing: Reesing 22-35, 267 yds, 3 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: McAnderson 12-81
Receiving: Fields 6-78, 1 TD

Kansas State
Passing: Freeman 31-48, 305 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Johnson 11-30
Receiving: Nelson 10-137, 1 TD

SCORING SUMMARY


FIRST QUARTER

KU


KSU


KSU TD - 8:48 JORDY NELSON 68 YD PASS FROM JOSH FREEMAN (BROOKS ROSSMAN KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 68 yards.

0


7


SECOND QUARTER

KU


KSU


KU TD - 9:11 JAKE SHARP 20 YD RUN (SCOTT WEBB KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 86 yards.

7


7


KSU TD - 3:52 LEON PATTON 7 YD RUN (BROOKS ROSSMAN KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yards.

7


14


KU TD - 0:11 AQIB TALIB 5 YD PASS FROM TODD REESING (SCOTT WEBB KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 44 yards.

14


14


THIRD QUARTER

KU


KSU


KU TD - 6:59 DEZMON BRISCOE 28 YD PASS FROM TODD REESING (SCOTT WEBB KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.

21


14


KSU FG - 0:51 BROOKS ROSSMAN 32 YD FG
Drive info: 13 plays, 61 yards.

21


17


FOURTH QUARTER

KU


KSU


KSU TD - 7:32 DEON MURPHY 5 YD PASS FROM LEON PATTON (BROOKS ROSSMAN KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 16 yards.

21


24


KU TD - 6:27 DEXTON FIELDS 30 YD PASS FROM TODD REESING (TWO-POINT PASS CONVERSION FAILED)
Drive info: 4 plays, 62 yards.

27


24


KU FG - 2:21 SCOTT WEBB 24 YD FG
Drive info: 6 plays, 19 yards.

30


24












"Your resolve has to clearly be to come back and to fight again. That's my personality and my nature. I talked about that in the locker room. We're going to have a team that comes in here next week that's committed to playing good football. (Colorado) was able to run the football on Oklahoma. They'll look at this tape and see some opportunities and we're resolved to come back and fight. I don't know any other way."
- Kansas State coach Ron Prince






8
Winning streak by K-State that was snapped by KU, as the Jayhawks won in Manhattan for the first time since 1989.


0
Times KU won in 7 all-time meetings when K-State was ranked prior to Saturday.

9
Turnovers committed by QB Josh Freeman in two meetings against KU.




Play of the game
It didn't take long for the Biletnikoff Award candidate to test the preseason All-American. On the first play of the Wildcats' second possession, sophomore quarterback Josh Freeman dangled a brilliant pass in front of senior wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who was matched up with junior cornerback Aqib Talib along the Kansas sideline. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound Nelson used his fingertips to haul-in the floater over Talib's head inside Kansas territory and pulled away. It was off to the races, as Nelson darted down the sideline for a 68-yard touchdown and the Wildcats struck first for the fifth-straight game this season.



Defining moment
Nelson's touchdown reception was the good. K-State's inability to solve the Jayhawks' pressure and establish any running game was the bad. But Freeman's final pass attempt on fourth-and-8 at the Kansas 49 with 1 minute, 12 seconds remaining was the ugly - or, make that a great finishing touch by Talib, who intercepted Freeman's pass in front of the K-State sideline. K-State had trouble finding answers on both offense and defense. Its final two-minute drive best exemplified as much at the end.



Injury report
ILB Reggie Walker (right shoulder) went to the sideline with 11:27 left in the 1st quarter. He returned on the next possession. Walker (leg) left with 8:22 left in the 1st quarter. He returned on the next possession. … FS Marcus Watts took the first on defense for the first time with 3:50 left in the 1st quarter after not playing against Texas (unspecified). … NG Steven Cline went to the sideline with 11:49 left in the 2nd quarter (nose injury) and returned. … C Jordan Bedore went to the locker room (left wrist/hand) with 2:04 left in the 2nd quarter and did not return. Prince was unsure about Bedore's status immediately after the game. … FS Kevin Hollis (unspecified) did not play. … CB Joshua Moore and TE Rashaad Norwood (suspension) did not play. … OLB Antwon Moore (left leg) is out for the season.



Key performers
QB Josh Freeman had a career-high 305 yards passing and became the first signal-caller in K-State history to complete 20 passes in five straight games. … Freeman had a streak of 106 consecutive pass attempts without an interception snapped late in the second quarter. … WR Jordy Nelson recorded his 12th career TD reception to tie Andre Coleman (1990-93) for 6th on the all-time list. He became the first player since Aaron Lockett in 1998 to have three straight 100-yard receiving games. Nelson's 1,850 career receiving yards ranks sixth at K-State. … RB Leon Patton tossed his second-career TD pass, a four-yard connection with WR Deon Murphy in the fourth quarter. … DE Ian Campbell had five tackles, including three for a loss and one sack and broke-up one pass. … FS Chris Carney had a career-high two interceptions. … P Tim Reyer averaged 47.2 yards on six punts, including a 61-yarder and played four inside the 20. … DE Eric Childs carried the American flag and RG Gerard Spexarth carried the State of Kansas flag onto the field.



Notes
Kansas leads the all-time Sunflower Showdown series 64-36-5 and K-State holds a 13-4 advantage in the last 17 years. … Kansas has won two straight in Manhattan for the first time since it won three between 1988-90. … The crowd of 50,924 was the 15th-largest crowd in KSU/Bill Snyder Family Stadium history. … K-State suffered its third home loss in 11 contests in Manhattan. … Kansas' 69 points are the most in back-to-back games in the series since it 72 against K-State in 1962 and 1963. … Kansas had not reached 30 points during a game in Manhattan since a 38-29 win in 1968. … Kansas had scored 40 points in its last five meetings in Manhattan before it totaled 30 on Saturday. … K-State is 26-22 in October since 1996.



Next up

Oct. 13: Colorado at Kansas State, 8:15 p.m., ESPN2

Oct. 13: Baylor at Kansas, TBA




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