Monday Report Card

Monday Report Card

The Kansas State football did the unthinkable Saturday night by upsetting the No. 4-ranked Texas Longhorns 45-42 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in front of a national audience. Find out who made the Grade? Who got the Highest Marks and WHY! Who gets Player of the Game (not who you think) Grades are in...Read More

The win gave K-State seven victories on the season and its first winning season since 2003, and it knocked Texas out of the national-championship race. The Wildcats became bowl eligible with their victory last week against Colorado, but the win over the Longhorns guaranteed them a spot in a bowl, and now they have a shot at getting to an even more prestigious bowl game.

There were so many players who had incredible performances against the Longhorns, and it was tough to narrow it down to only a few, but here you go.


Players of the game on offense – Quarterback Josh Freeman

Freeman has been just incredible during his last three games. In those games, all conference wins, he has combined to complete 55-of-77 passes for 681 yards. He has six touchdowns in the air, one rushing touchdown and only two interceptions.

In the victory against Texas, Freeman completed 19-of-31 passes for 269 yards and a career-high three touchdowns while also running for another score. He completed six passes for more than 20 yards in the game, with all three touchdowns going for 30-plus yards. He spread the ball around, completing passes to nine different receivers.

He also set the K-State record for passing yards in a season by a freshman. He has 1,407 passing yards this season, and he passed the old mark set by Allan Evridge Six passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns, 10 interceptions 1,407 yards passing 107-of-205 on the season.

For his efforts against the Longhorns, he was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week and he was named a finalist for the Cingular All-America Player of the Week.


Honorable mention –

Wide receiver Yamon Figurs Figurs had his best game as a Wildcat in his final game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. He had career highs in receptions (6), yards receiving (123) and touchdown catches (2). The game was his second 100-yard receiving game of the season. He also contributed a 52-yard punt return in the second quarter that came up eight yards shy of a touchdown.


Players of the game on defense –
Linebackers Brandon Archer and Zach Diles

Archer and Diles were flying all over the field all game long. Archer led both teams with 10 solo tackles, and the two combined for 22 tackles. These two players were the biggest reason why Texas did not have a 100-yard rusher, and only 143 yards rushing in the game.


Honorable mention –
Defensive ends Ian Campbell and Rob Jackson

The two combined for nine total tackles and three sacks, and they are a huge reason why K-State leads the Big 12 Conference in sacks this season with 37. These guys were a disruption to the Texas offense all game long. With Campbell's one sack, he tied the K-State record for sacks in a season with 11.5.


Surprise contributor –
Wide receiver Cedric Wilson

Wilson had only caught eight passes for 82 total yards all season coming into the game with Texas. He had two receptions for only 26 yards Saturday against Texas, but he also caught his first-career touchdown pass.


Offensive Grade – A

Freeman led the Wildcats with his 269 yards passing. K-State combined for 323 yards passing but only had 23 yards rushing. The Wildcats tied their season-high with 45 points, but this wasn't against Florida Atlantic, it was against the No. 4-ranked Longhorns.

Almost every possession for K-State either resulted in a touchdown, a three-and-out or the end of a half.

The Wildcats scored on seven different possessions (6 touchdowns, 1 field goal), recorded six three-and-outs and held the ball to end both halves. The only time this trend was stopped was in the fourth quarter when Freeman threw an interception.


Defensive Grade – B-

The Wildcat defense allowed 384 yards of total offense to the Longhorns, and it also yielded a season-high 42 points. Texas came into the game averaging 39.2 points per game, and K-State couldn't slow down the offensive attack. Texas receiver Billy Pittman had 102 yards receiving, and quarterback Jevan Snead threw for 190 yards and one touchdown.

The K-State defense was helped tremendously by two costly Texas fumbles by running backs Jamaal Charles and Selvin Young. The Wildcats also combined for five sacks.


Special Teams Grade – B+

This was a difficult grade to assess. At one end, punter Tim Reyer fumbled the ball after attempting to fake a punt, which led to a Texas touchdown. He only had to punt three times to Texas' six, and Reyer had a 53-yarder and a 20-yarder, quite a discrepancy. He also had a punt blocked, which led to another Texas touchdown, but K-State blocked a punt as well, which led to a Wildcat touchdown.

Figurs had a 52-yard punt return that set up the Patton score from eight yards out, and the kick coverage units were outstanding.

Kicker Jeff Snodgrass had only one field goal opportunity, but he made it count. He drilled a 51-yarder with 3:19 to play in the fourth quarter, giving K-State a 10-point cushion. This was huge because Texas scored a touchdown on its next possession. The Longhorns needed three more points to tie, but K-State's hands team recovered the ensuing onside kick.

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