Ultimate Battle for Ultimate Destiny: Quarterfinals

1996-2014 K-State Football

It had to happen sometime, and now we have teams from back to back years in a match up. And there may not be a better 2 back to back years to pair than 1998 and 1999.

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

Record11-2 (8-0 Big 12)11-1 (7-1 Big 12)
Head CoachBill SnyderBill Snyder
BowlAlamo (vs Purdue; L 34-37)Holiday (vs Washington; W 24-20)
Big 12 Award winners1st Team: Michael Bishop, QB; Ryan Young, OT; Darnell McDonald, WR; Martin Gramatica, PK; David Allen, PR; Jeff Kelly, LB; Darren Howard, DE; Jarrod Cooper, SS; Lamar Chapman, FS (Coaches); Mark Simoneau, LB (AP).

2nd Team: Damion McIntosh, DT (Coaches); Mark Simoneau, LB (Coaches); Lamar Chapman, FS (AP); Travis Ochs, LB (AP).

Defensive Player of the Year: Jeff Kelly
1st Team: Quincy Morgan, WR; Randall Cummins, C (Coaches); Jamie Rheem, PK; David Allen, PR; Darren Howard, DE; Mark Simoneau, LB; Lamar Chapman, FS.

2nd Team (Coaches): Aaron Lockett, WR; Mario Fatafehi, DT; Jarrod Cooper, SS.

Defensive Player of the Year: Mark Simoneau

Defensive Newcomer of the Year: Mario Fatafehi
Pre-Tournament Salute Ranking#1#6

Seeding and methodology here

The Game

1st Quarter

The first quarter beings with defense as Michael Bishop gets stopped on a 3rd down attempt, sacked by Travis Litton. Following the punt Beasley takes over and he’s intercepted by Lamar Chapman. It isn’t until halfway through the first quarter when someone finally gets on the board, and it’s thanks to a Martin Grammatica 31 yard field goal. That score was preceded by some nice scrambles by Michael Bishop to set it up, but was ultimately stopped when the ’99 version of Mark Simenou sacked his former quarterback. 1998 leads 3-0. Just as time expires in the 1st quarter Grammatica attempts another field goal, but this time misses (what?!?!) from 48.

2nd Quarter

In the 2nd quarter Jonathan Beasley is able to start a drive that looks like the 1999 offense is finally going to look at solving the brutal ’98 defense. He connects with George Williams and Brandon Clark and they’re on the 24 yard line. He’s off the mark on his next pass, however, and Dyshod Carter picks him off to get the ball back to the ’98 team.

Thanks to passes from Michael Bishop to Hickson, Lockett, and McDonald they’re threatening to score again. Bishop scrambles on a 3rd and 5, but loses the ball. The ’98 team falls on it, but they’re forced to punt. When 1999 faces 3rd and 8 Beasley completes a pass to Quincy Morgan who is able to take it 57 yards all the way to the 3 yard line. Joe Hall finishes it off and now 1999 leads 7-3.

With 3 minutes left in the half 1998 sets up for another field goal, and somehow Martin Grammatica misses it again. The teams go to halftime with 1998 down by 4.

3rd Quarter

Quincy Morgan and Aaron Lockett are the stars of the opening drive for the 1999 team. They manage to lead the ’99 team to the 14 yard line but that’s as close as they’ll get. Jamie Rheem makes the 31 yard field goal and now 1999 leads 10-3.

Following a few defensive stands, with 5:18 left in the quarter the ’98 team takes over on their own 35 yard line…. and it just takes one play as Marlon Charles sneaks away and finds the end zone on a 65 yard rush. The game is tied 10-10.

4th Quarter

Headed into the 4th quarter the ’99 team is rolling. The drive stalls when Beasley’s screen pass to George Williams is sniffed out for a 2 yard loss, but Jamie Rheem is able to connect on his 2nd field goal of the night and 1999 leads 13-10.

With 3:45 left in the game Martin Grammatica finally gets some redemption and makes a 25 yard field goal, and the game is tied at 13, possibly looking at OT. But 1998 is able to get the ball back with 2:48 to play after they force a 3 and out.

Who puts the game on their back in this situation? Michael Bishop. He scrambles 3 times on the next drive and puts them in position to win before fumbling the ball looking for extra yardage. Luckily for the 1998 team this time, they recover it, and Martin Grammatica connects on the game winning field goal.

Score by Quarters  Score 
1998 3 0 16
1999 0 7 13

Player of the Game

tempMarlon Charles
’98 Running Back
8 att, 148 yards, 1 TD

Leading passer
’99 Jonathan Beasley
18/31, 221 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs

Leading receiver
’99 Quincy Morgan
5 rec, 98 yards, 0 TDs

The Bracketultimate bracket


Next week’s Semifinal: 1996 vs 2002


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