Ultimate Battle for Ultimate Destiny: Quarterfinals

1996-2014 K-State Football

2006 vs 2002

Last week the 2nd Ron Prince team fell. This week 2006 is the bold and daring one’s last hope. They had the shocking upset over 1997 in the 1st round. Do they advance again?

You can see all the match ups so far, as well as the methodology, here.
Remember, we run the simulation on whatifsports.com, so if you don’t like the results, fight them.

The Matchup

Record7-6 (4-4 Big 12)11-2 (6-2 Big 12)
Head CoachRon PrinceBill Snyder
BowlTexas (vs Rutgers; L 37-10)Holiday (vs Arizona State; W 34-27)
Big 12 Award winners1st Team: Brandon Archer, LB (AP); Ian Campbell, DE; Yamon Figurs, KR/ PR (Coaches).

2nd Team: Brandon Archer, LB (Coaches); Marcus Watts, DB (Coaches)

Honorable Mention: Yamon Figurs, WR (AP); Zach Diles; Quintin Echols, DT (AP); Rob Jackson (Coaches); Jermaine Moreira, WR (Coaches); Rashaad Norwood, TE (AP); Leon Patton, RB; Jeff Snodgrass, PK (Coaches); Greg Wafford, OL; Kyle Williams, DB (Coaches).
1st Team: Nick Leckey, C; Terence Newman, CB (both)/KR (Coaches); Tank Reese, DT; Terry Pierce, LB.

2nd Team: Darren Sproles, RB; Thomas Barnett, OL; Henry Bryant, DE (Coaches); Andrew Shull, DE (AP); Josh Buhl, LB (AP).

3rd Team (Coaches only): Taco Wallace, WR; Ell Roberson, QB; Andrew Shull, DE; Josh Buhl, LB; Travis Brown, P.

Defensive Player of the Year: Terence Newman
Pre-Tournament Salute Ranking#14#5

Seeding and methodology here

The Game

First Quarter

Following a 3 & Out for the ’06 team, the 2002 team is in business right away. Thanks in part to a lot of great runs by Darren Sproles they make it to 1st & Goal on the 10. They’re not able to punch it in, though, and settle for a 24 yard field goal by Joe Rheem. 2002 leads 3-0.

On the next drive defense takes over as Rashaad Norwood loses the ball after a completed reception. But ’02 can’t get anything going either, and the quarter ends with just 3 points on the board.

Second Quarter

It’s not long before the 2002 team doubles their lead. After getting good field position they put together a 14 play, 47 yard drive that culminates in Joe Rheem’s 2nd field goal of the game, this time from 33 yards out. 2002 leads 6-0.

The ’06 team looks to answer and gets to the 28 yard line where Jeff Snodgrass misses a field goal, and suddenly everyone is missing as Joe Rheem sails a 44 yard attempt wide left on the next possession.

With 3:32 left in the first half 2006 takes over and Josh Freeman looks downfield, but he’s picked off by, you guessed it, Terrance Newman. T-New returns it 34 yard for the first touchdown of the game and 2002 leads 13-0.


Josh Freeman heads back out on the field again, and for the 2nd straight possession, his first play is an interception to the highest draft pick in the history of K-State football. This time leaving the 2002 team with possession on the 34 yard line. They end up with nothing to show for it, however, as Joe Rheem misses the mark again from 42 yards, and we head to the locker room with the 2002 team leading by 13.

Third Quarter


On the 2nd possession of the 3rd quarter the 2002 team is in business thanks to a 56 yard completion from Ell Roberson to Taco Wallace. It looks like they may end up settling for another field goal attempt, but on 3rd and 13 Roberson finds Travon Magee who catches the ball and walks in for the touchdown. 2002 leads 20-0.

Later in the quarter, the arm of Josh Freeman gets the ’06 team back into field goal range, and this time Jeff Snodgrass converts the 44 yard attempt. 2002 leads 20-3.

Fourth Quarter

In the 4th quarter the 2006 team is finally able to find the end zone when Freeman gets them close with a 19 yard pass to Jermaine Moreira, then caps it off with a 6 yard touchdown pass to Rashaad Norwood. 2002 leads 20-10.

After a nice return the 2002 team isn’t able to put much else together, but it’s just enough to give room for Joe Rheem to make a 49 yard field goal. 2002 leads 23-10.

Late in the game Terrence Newman gets his 3rd interception of the night and returns it 15 yards to the 29 yard line. After Sproles picks up 14 yards they’re set for another Joe Rheem field goal and 2002 leads 26-10.

The ’06 team takes one last shot, but it’s intercepted by Bobby Walker. Ell Roberson takes a knee, and this ballgame, along with Ron Prince’s time in this tournament, is over.

Score by Quarters  Score 
2006 0 0 10
2002 3 10 26

Game Leaders:

Player of the Game
tempEll Roberson
’02 Quarterback
26 carries, 73 yards
7/11, 167 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT

Leading Receiver
’06 Yamon Figurs

3 rec, 70 yds, 0 TD

Leading Rusher
’02 Darren Sproles
32 att, 144 yds, 0 TD

Leading Passer
’06 Josh Freeman
18/33, 209 yds, 1 TD, 4 INT

The Bracketultimate bracket

Game 14 next week: Quarterfinals – 2000 vs 2003

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