Ultimate Battle for Ultimate Destiny: Quarterfinals

1996-2014 K-State Football

What a match-up we have today! Without question these are two of the best teams in K-State history, and only one is going to advance today. Both had 11 wins on the season. 2000 lost the Big 12 Championship game but won their bowl, while we all know just how special that Big 12 title was in 2003. Who will survive?

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

 20002003
Seed72
Record11-3 (6-3 Big 12)11-4 (7-2 Big 12)
Head CoachBill SnyderBill Snyder
BowlCotton (vs Tennessee; W 35-21)Fiesta (vs Ohio State; L 28-35)
Big 12 Award winners1st Team: Quincy Morgan, WR; Aaron Lockett, PR; Jamie Rheem, PK; Mario Fatafehi, DL; Randall Cummins, OL (Coaches); Jerametrius Butler, DB (Coaches); Monty Beisel, DL (AP).

2nd Team: Ben Leber, LB; Milford Stephenson, OL (Coaches); Dyshod Carter, CB; Monty Beisel, DE (Coaches); Chris Johnson, DL (AP); Randall Cummins, C (AP); Jerametrius Butler (AP).

3rd Team (Coaches): Jonathan Beasley, QB; Josh Scobey, RB; Chris Johnson, DE.

Defensive Newcomer of the Year: Derrick Yates

Defensive Freshman of the Year: Terry Pierce
1st Team: Josh Buhl, LB; Nick Leckey, OL; Darren Sproles, RB.

2nd Team: Bryan Hickman, LB (AP); Ryan Lilja, OL; Justin Montgomery, DL (Coaches); Andrew Shull, DE; James Terry, WR; Rashad Washington, DB.

3rd Team (Coaches only): Randy Jordan, DB; Joe Rheem, PK; Ell Roberson, QB
Pre-Tournament Salute Ranking#7#2

Seeding and methodology here

The Game

1st Quarter

On the first play from scrimmage Darren Sproles shows that he’s going to be in charge this game. He breaks away for 33 yards before he’s brought down on the 43 yard line. But that’s all that gets going for the ’03 team and they’re forced to punt. They get the ball right back on the 3rd play from the 2000 team, however, when Cedrick Williams picks off Jonathan Beasley. He returns it to the 38 yard line, but the offense sputters and they settle for a 50 yard field goal by Joe Rheem. 2003 leads 3-0.

The next drive for 2000 comes on the arm of Jonathan Beasley. He completes passes of 23, 12, and 17 to David Allen, Aaron Lockett, and Nick Warren respectively. But the drive stalls out, and not to be out down by his little brother, Jamie Rheem hooks it around the upright. 2000 ties it 3-3 before the defenses lock down the remainder of the half.

2nd Quarter

The 2nd quarter picks up right where the 1st left off. All defense all the time. With the exception of Jamie Rheem missing a 50 yard field goal, neither team comes close to scoring. Big defense plays included sacks by Lee File (2003) and Terry Pierce (2000) and Thane Berbeck’s interception of Ell Roberson’s hail mary attempt to end the half.

3rd Quarter

The 2000 team starts the 3rd on a high note with a 37 yard pass from Beasley to Lockett. But since no one has been able to find the end zone yet this game, the trend continues. Jamie Rheem nails his 2nd field goal of the game, this time from 48 yards, and 2000 leads 6-3.

On the strength of two great passes from Roberson to Jermaine Moreira the ’03 team is in business. They get into the red zone but can’t convert on a 3rd and 7 when Sproles is stopped at the 14 yard line. They settle for a Joe Rheem field goal, and 2003 ties it 6-6.

The two teams follow it by trading 3 and outs before the 2000 team makes a statement. Beasley hits Quincy Morgan for 14 yards not once, but twice on the drive. He then looks to David Allen on the screen who breaks away for 40 yards and a touchdown. It’s a 5 play, 74 yard drive and 2000 leads 13-6.

4th Quarter

Early in the 4th quarter Josh Scobey leads the 2000 team on a nice drive that David Allen finishes with his 2nd touchdown of the day, this time a 4 yard dive into the end zone. 2000 now leads 20-6.

The 2003 team is no stranger to comebacks, and they begin their bid on the very next drive. Roberson completes a pass to Darren Sproles who shakes ahead for 13 yards. Later, on the 19 yard line Roberson finds an open Brian Casey who sheds a tackle and then dives into the end zone cutting the deficit to 7. 2000 leads 20-13.

On the next drive the 2000 team looks to put the game away with a field goal, but Jamie Rheem misses from 48 yards, and 2003 takes over with 1:38 to play. Roberson scrambles and gets out of bounds on the first 3 plays, but leaves a 3rd and 1, but instead of diving for the first down he hits Davin Dennis for 17 yards. After a couple unsuccessful rushing attempts the ’03 squad finds themselves with a 4th & 7 on the 37 yard line. Roberson steps back to thrown and finds Jermaine Moreira who comes down with the tying touchdown! 2003 ties it 20-20 and this game is going to overtime.

Overtime

The 2000 team starts with the ball and on 3rd & 9 Beasley connects with Brandon Clark, who picks up 12 yards. On 3rd and 12 from the 14 yard line Beasley hits Ricky Lloyd who just barely gets across the first down line for 1st and goal at the 2. On 1st down Beasley overthrows Aaron Lockett. On the next play he attempts to run but is stuffed at the line of scrimmage. But on 3rd down they’re not to be denied, and Beasley hits Shad Meier in the end zone. 2000 leads 27-20.

Now it’s 2003’s turn and they go right to Darren Sproles. He picks up 3 yards on the first play but is stuffed at the line on the next one. On 3rd and 7 Roberson completes the pass to James Terry for 9 yards to the 13 yard line. Roberson tries to run the option but the 2000 defense is all over it and he loses a yard. On 2nd down he hands it off to Sproles who picks up just a yard. On 3rd and 10 Roberson picks up 5 yards, leaving one last shot from the 8 yard line. This time they come up short as the defensive line converges on Roberson’s draw play to end the game.

Score by Quarters  OT  Score 
2000 3 0 10  7 27
2003 3 0 14  0 20

Player of the Game

tempJonathan Beasley
’00 Quarterback
21/34, 318 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT

Leading rusher
’03 Darren Sproles
28 att, 90 yards, 0 TDs

Leading receiver
’03 Jermaine Moreira
3 rec, 95 yards, 1 TD

The Bracket

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Next week’s Quarterfinal: 1999 vs 1998

 

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