Ultimate Battle for Ultimate Destiny: Semifinals

1996-2014 K-State Football

Last week saw one of the most underrated teams in K-State history make it to the finals. Who will match up with that 2002 team? 2000 can use that same descriptor, but to make it there they’ll have to beat everyone’s favorite to win the whole thing: 1998.

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 Match up

Record11-3 (6-3 Big 12)11-2 (8-0 Big 12)
Head CoachBill SnyderBill Snyder
BowlCotton (vs Tennessee; W 35-21)Alamo (vs Purdue; L 34-37)
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: 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
Pre-Tournament Salute Ranking#7#1

Seeding and methodology here

The Game

1st Quarter

After a 12 yard kickoff return, the 2000 teams comes out guns blazing with Jonathan Beasley throwing a 17 yard strike to Quincy Morgan. Josh Scobey then picks up 6 yards on his first run, but they don’t pick up a first down and they’re forced to punt to that potent 1998 offense. They don’t fare much better, however, picking up just 30 yards on their drive before Martin Grammattica misses a 49 yard field goal attempt.

The 2000 team keeps it on the ground and with a 17 yard run by David Allen, and a 13 yard run by Beasley they manage to get into field goal range where Jamie Rheem manages to hook a 48 yard field goal through the uprights. 2000 leads 3-0.

The ’00 team forces a 3 and out, and they’re back in business on their own 21 yard line following the fair catch. Once again Beasley connects with Quincy Morgan for double digit yardage, and the team finds themselves in field goal range again when the drive stalls out. This time from 25, Jamie Rheem is right down the middle and 2000 leads 6-0.

The lead won’t last long, however. On the next play from scrimmage Marlon Charles breaks away for 36 yards. Still on their heels, the 2000 team gives up another long run when Eric Hickson takes it to the house, 34 yards for the touchdown. 1998 takes the lead, 7-6.

2nd Quarter

With 9:14 left in the half Chris Claybon begins a drive on their own 12 yard line by gaining a yard before losing the ball. Needing to gain just 12 yards is no problem at all for Marlon Charles, and he gives 1998 a 14-6 lead.

3rd Quarter

Early in the 2nd half the 2000 team comes out pounding the football, and it pays off. After Scobey picks up 12, Rock Cartright goes off tackle and breaks away for a 49 yard touchdown run. 2000 pulls within 1, 14-13.

4th Quarter

The 4th quarter opens with 1998 rolling and Michael Bishop continuing the drive with a 22 yard pass to Darnell McDonald. 2 plays later the pair hooks up again, this time for a 24 yard touchdown pass. 1998 leads 21-13.

With 4 minutes left in the game Jamie Rheem misses a field goal, and 1998 takes over. On 2 plays in a row Hickson picks up 12 yards. Then, from the 48 yard line Michael Bishop rolls out and hits Aaron Lockett in stride and no one can catch him. 1998 leads 28-13. 

The 2000 team goes into their hurry up offense. Aaron Lockett takes off his purple jersey, and switches to the white one for the 2000 team and makes a reception for 9 yards, but it isn’t enough. With 13 seconds left in the game the 1998 team takes over, Bishop takes a knee, and they’re headed to the championship.

Score by Quarters  Score 
2000 6 0 13
1998 7 7 14  28

Player of the Game

tempMichael Bishop
’98 Quarterback
9/14, 195 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs

Leading rusher
’98 Eric Hickson
18 attempts, 90 yards, 1 TD

Leading receiver
’98 Darnell McDonald
5 receptions, 86 yards, 1 TD

The Bracket

ultimate bracket

Next week’s Final: 2002 vs 1998


About The Author

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Mike is a '00 graduate of Kansas State University and holds season tickets for Football and Men's & Women's Basketball. He lives in Kansas City, but stays loyal to his Chicago sports (Bulls & Bears & Hawks & Sox). He's a social media marketer by day and dreams in purple at night.

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