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Well that was fun. We’ve come to expect the Sunflower Showdown to be the Sunflower Beatdown, and yesterday definitely didn’t disappoint. KU has clearly gotten better under Clint Bowen, but for a team that’s been down so long, it didn’t take a lot to break their spirit.

  • Free advice for KU: Hire Bowen. Whatever bigger name you can come up with isn’t going to work. Hire the guy that actually wants to be there and try. You can do that for a fraction of the price, too. Of course, knowing you won’t take my advice is where the comedy comes in.
  • Opponent quote of the week:
    Kansas Head Coach Clint Bowen on getting down early…

    “We came out and they jumped all over us. It was 14-0 before anything even happened and we did not need that. We are coming into a road game and everyone knows the story about our road woes. We were looking for something good to happen early, but it did not. I believe our kids continued to fight throughout the game, but the bottom line was that Kansas State was better than us today.”

  • Today?
  • A lot of talk about attendance for a Thanksgiving weekend game. There were definitely some unused seats, but officially it was K-State’s 20th consecutive sell out. K-State did a nice job of anticipating the attendance issues and doing everything they could to get the stadium as full as they could.
  • One of the main stories of the game, of course was the play of Tyler Lockett. Not only did he break Kevin’s career reception record, a couple plays later he tied the career receiving touchdowns record. His next TD, either vs Baylor or in the bowl game, will take care of that record as well. So there’s still a little purpose to the Lockett watch:
 ReceptionsReceiving YardsReceiving TDs
Needed Entering 201475 rec838 yds9 TDs
vs Stephen F. Austin1 rec9 yds1 TD
vs Iowa State6 rec136 yds0 TDs
vs Auburn6 rec45 yds0 TDs
vs UTEP4 rec84 yds0 TDs
vs Texas Tech12 rec125 yds2 TDs
vs Oklahoma6 rec86 yds1 TD
vs Texas8 rec103 yds0 TDs
vs Oklahoma State6 rec94 yds1 TD
vs TCU11 rec196 yds1 TD
vs West Virginia10 rec196 yds0 TDs
vs Kansas9 rec119 yds2 TDs
Currently needsBROKENBROKEN1 TD
  • Someone had to get him the ball, of course, and Jake Waters was spectacular. This was the 12th straight game that he threw for at least 200 yards. No other Bill Snyder quarterback can say that. Last  year’s quarterback controversy does seem pretty silly in retrospect.
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    Curry Sexton is now at 940 receiving yards for the season. 60 more yards over the next two games, and the combo of Lockett & Sexton will be the first ever wide receiver duo to each get to the 1,000 yard mark in the same season. Both had 100+ receiving yards yesterday, which is the 12th time a duo of K-State receivers have done it. 4 of those 12 are Tyler and Curry. 14, 15, and 16, man. What a great series of seniors.

  • Quote of the week:
    Quarterback Jake Waters on the connection with Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton…

    “It is awesome for us. Tyler had a great game especially with breaking the record in front of all our fans cheering us on. It is awesome throwing the ball to him. Curry is always there and making good plays and to recognize the game he had means a lot to me. We are the best of friends on and off the field and playing with them on Senior Night is something I will never forget.”

  • Pick. Pick. Pick. Pick. Pick. Pick. That’s how many interceptions K-State has had against KU in the past two years. Dante Barnett owns half of them.
  • Field goals were even fun in this one. Matthew McCrane continued to be McConsistency, and they were long ones. He hit from 41 and 52. Jack Cantele came in and kicked a field goal as well, and got a great ovation from the crowd.
  • Senior Day is always something special. Probably the most emotional moment came at the unlikeliest time. After senior David Smith had what appeared to be a broken leg, he was placed on the cart to exit the field. Not only did he receive a huge ovation from the crowd, every member of the K-State defense came over to give him a hug before the cart left. It was an incredibly touching, family style moment with a player who most fans couldn’t even recognize before the play.
  • The VolleyCats lost a 5 set match to West Virginia last night to end the regular season. That ends a rough stretch of the season in which the Cats lost 5 of their last 7 matches. Certainly not ideal headed into the NCAA Tournament. They’ll get a spot, but it’s extremely unlikely they’ll be hosting. The selection show is tonight at 7:30 on ESPNU with the 1st round beginning either Thursday or Friday. Should the VolleyCats advance out of the first weekend regionals are in Austin, Lexington, Des Moines, and San Diego this year with the Final Four in Oklahoma City.
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