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Thursdays at The Salute

Thursdays at The Salute

When your history is the story of the greatest turnaround in the history of college football, and perhaps all of sports, it means that your series record against, well, everyone, probably isn’t in your favor. And for K-State that’s certainly true when it comes to the series with Oklahoma. The Cats are just 18-72-4 against the Sooners. If you add all the points ever scored between the two teams, it ends just as badly as you’d expect:

KANSAS STATE  1,172
OKLAHOMA       2,930

Seth wrote early in the week why there’s ample reason to hate Oklahoma. And it really comes down to that first one. History. Because unlike other schools, Bill Snyder doesn’t own the series. He’s 7-12 against Oklahoma, and that includes the pre-Bob Stoops era. It’s even worse if you narrow it down to a battle of the two coaches: Stoops 8, Snyder 2.

But take a step back from the ledge. Because those two were pretty big. In fact, those two wins, coming in 2003 and 2012, helped earn K-State its 2 Big 12 Championships. The former doing it directly, while the latter opened the door early in the season.

2012 Kansas State at Oklahoma

"We had a chip on our shoulder. They came to my house and they kind of embarrassed us. We just wanted to come out and stay on them and keep pounding them, keep pounding them, keep pounding them until the best team won"  -John Hubert

“We had a chip on our shoulder. They came to my house and they kind of embarrassed us. We just wanted to come out and stay on them and keep pounding them, keep pounding them, keep pounding them until the best team won”
-John Hubert

So when it comes to history in the Kansas State – Oklahoma series, while wins may be rare, they certainly do make history. Take that 2012 win. Having been blown out in Manhattan the year before, and taking the first loss of the season, it was hard to have much expectation when the #15 Wildcats headed into Norman to face #6 Oklahoma a year later.

John Hubert was ready. He ran for 130 yards and a touchdown in the game. Jarrell Childs scooped up a fumble and ran it in for a touchdown. Colin Klein struck his best Heisman pose and ran in the winning score. And K-State held on to walk away with a 24-19 win, and a perfect 4-0 record that would ultimately end with a shared, but we really know who won, Big 12 title.

2003 Big XII Championship Game:  Kansas State vs Oklahoma

"I feel like we should probably be the No. 1 team in the nation right now" -Ted Sims

“I feel like we should probably be the No. 1 team in the nation right now”
-Ted Sims

And of course you know what happened in 2003. #13 Kansas State vs #1 Oklahoma. Many were saying that Oklahoma was the greatest team in the history of college football, and having honest discussions about how many NFL teams the Sooners might beat. K-State fans knew we were going to lose. It just felt inevitable. And after Oklahoma held K-State to a 3 and out on the first possession, and followed it with a 4 play 65 yard scoring drive it looked like we were on our way to being just another Sooner blowout victim.

But then the magic happened. Ell Roberson threw for 4 touchdowns. Darren Sproles ran for 235 yards. The K-State defense shut down Oklahoma, and held them scoreless the other 58:31 of the game, and capped it off with that Ted Sims pick-6 in a game that the nation saw as a fluke, but those who watched, Oklahoma fans included, could only say was pure domination.

1993 Oklahoma at Kansas State

"Now you listen to me... for the first time since Exodus 14, the Red Sea has been parted, and Pharaoh's Sooner chariots have been swallowed up, becaus Bill 'Moses' Snyder says 'Let my people go from 23 years of Sooner bondage." -Mitch Holthus

“Now you listen to me closely… for the first time since Exodus chapter 14, the Red Sea has been parted, and Pharaoh’s Sooner chariots have been swallowed up, because Bill ‘Moses’ Snyder says ‘Let my people go from 23 years of Sooner bondage.”
-Mitch Holthus

But let’s go way back. 10 years farther back. 1993.

For the K-State teams of the mid-90s there were two obstacles. We struggled to beat Colorado, then a great program, and Nebraska. In 1997 we finally got past that Buffalo hump, and of course, in 1998 we broke through and beat the Huskers. But before that, in 1993, it was Oklahoma.

It had been 23 years since that last victory. K-State had just broken into the rankings at #25 for the first time under Bill Snyder. Well, for the first time since 1969. And #13 Oklahoma was coming to town. K-State dominated the game from wire to wire, winning it 21-7 en route to K-State’s first bowl game under Bill Snyder, and a streak of 11 in a row.

Then the voice of the Wildcats, Mitch Holthus ended the game with the greatest call imaginable. And he was exactly right. And it’s time for Bill “Moses” Snyder to do it again. It’s only been 2 years since that last huge victory in Norman, but it’s time to part the Red Sea and swallow up those Sooner chariots.

Something special could be on the way.

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Mike is a '00 graduate of Kansas State University and holds season tickets for Football and Men's & Women's Basketball. He lives in Kansas City, but stays loyal to his Chicago sports (Bulls & Bears & Hawks & Sox). He's a social media marketer by day and dreams in purple at night.

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