Ultimate Battle for Ultimate Destiny: Quarterfinals

1996-2014 K-State Football

2007 vs 1996

We’ve made it on to the quarterfinals, or elite 8, if you will, and it may be a fluke or it may be stats, but somehow 2 of the 3 Ron Prince teams have advanced… but can they beat ’96?

You can see all the match ups so far, as well as the methodology, here.
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The Matchup

Record5-7 (3-5 Big 12)9-3 (6-2 Big 12)
Head CoachRon PrinceBill Snyder
BowlNoneCotton (vs BYU; L 19-15)
Big 12 Award winners1st Team: Jordy Nelson, WR, Tim Reyer, P; Ian Campbell, DE (Coaches).

2nd Team: Justin McKinney, DB (Coaches); James Johnson, RB, Brooks Rossman, K, Ian Campbell, DE (AP).

Honorable Mention: Justin McKinney, DB (AP); Alesana Alesana, OL, Chris Carney, DB, Josh Freeman, QB, Rob Jackson, DE, Deon Murphy, WR/PR, Jordy Nelson, PR, Mike Pooschke, FB, Logan Robinson, OL, Brooks Rossman, K, Reggie Walker, LB.

Offensive Newcomer of the Year: Deon Murphy

Defensive Newcomer of the Year: Gary Chandler
1st Team: Chris Canty, CB; Nyle Wiren, DE; Mario Smith, FS (Coaches); Kevin Lockett, WR.

2nd Team: Jason Johnson, C; Mario Smith, FS (AP); Brian Kavanagh, QB (AP).

3rd Team: Todd Weiner, OT; Ryan Young, OT; Travis Ochs, LB (AP).

Defensive Freshman of the Year: Mark Simoneau
Pre-Tournament Salute Ranking#18#9

Seeding and methodology here

The Game

First Quarter

It’s all defense for the first half of the 1st quarter, between these two teams that each had very good offenses. That is until the well balanced attack comes together for the ’96 team. Mike Lawrence starts pounding on the ground, and Kavanagh connects with Lockett. It’s finished off with a 36 yard Mike Lawrence touchdown run. 1996 leads 7-0.

Second Quarter

To start the 2nd quarter the 2007 team puts an impressive drive together. They make it all the way down to 1st and goal on the 10 yard line, but after Josh Freeman misses Jordy Nelson twice in the end zone they settle for a Brooks Rossman 22 yard field goal. 1996 leads 7-3.

After a 3 and out for the ’96 team, the ’07 squad is back in business, and this time Freeman connects with Jordy Nelson for 24 yards. They can’t get back within striking distance, but they do settle for another Rossman field goal, this time from 35 yardds. 1996 leads 7-6.


At the end of the half the ’96 team is driving, but with :46 seconds left they go for it on 4th down, Kavanagh scrambles, and can’t convert. The ’07 team manages to hurry up to the 35 yard line, but the two passes to end the half both fall short in the end zone.

Third Quarter

The 2007 team came out of the locker room with some new found confidence, and manage to pick up just enough yardage to get into field goal range. Rossman hits his 3rd for the game, this time from 46, and now 2007 leads 9-7.

The next drive for ’96 is sparked by a pass from Kavanagh to Jimmy Dean who gets hit but scrambles ahead for a 32 yard gain. The eldest Lockett makes a 10 yard catch on the next play and they’re in field goal range. After a few running plays that don’t break free Jamie Rheem takes the lead back with a 31 yard field goal that just slips inside the upright. 1996 leads 10-9.

The next time ’96 gets the ball back Kavanagh looks for Kevin Lockett, but it’s picked off by Bryan Baldwin, who returns it to the 32 yard line. They make it all the way to 3rd and goal from the 3 yard line, but Mario Smith destroys Josh Freeman on the play for a 7 yard sack, and they settle for another field goal from 27 yards out. It’s Rossman’s 4th of the day and 2007 leads 12-10.

Fourth Quarter


With the upset brewing the ’96 team is looking to rally behind the arm of Brian Kavanagh. On a 10 play 69 yard drive he connects with Jarrett Grosdidier for 19 yards, Andre Anderson for 23, and caps it off with a 16 yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Dean. 1996 leads 17-12.

Later in the quarter, after a Travis Ochs sack of Josh Freeman, the ’96 team starts with great field position, and gets in the red zone after a 23 yard reception by Kevin Lockett. Marlon Charles finishes off the drive with a 9 yard touchdown run, and 1996 leads 24-12 with 2:02 to play.

Again the ’07 team finds their way to the red zone, and again Freeman is unable to connect with Jordy Nelson in the end zone. They turn the ball over on downs, and Kavanagh takes a knee.

Score by Quarters  Score 
2007 0 6 12
1996 7 0 14  24

And then one Prince team was left standing. Until next week….

Game Leaders:

tempPlayer of the Game
Mike Lawrence
’96 Running Back
24 carries, 111 yds, 1 TD

Leading Receiver
’07 Jordy Nelson

9 rec, 131 yds, 0 TDs

Leading Passer
’07 Josh Freeman
24/49, 253 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT

The Bracketultimate bracket

Game 13 next week: Quarterfinals – 2006 vs 2002

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