Ultimate Battle for Ultimate Destiny: First Round

1996-2014 K-State Football

2010 vs 2002

Last week we had our first huge upset. If you play that game 100 times, 2006 may only win it once, but it was the one that matters. I’d say that similar odds face 2010 headed into this match-up. But that’s why they play the fake games, right?

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

The Matchup

Record7-6 (3-5 Big 12)11-2 (6-2 Big 12)
Head CoachBill SnyderBill Snyder
BowlPinstripe (vs Syracuse; L 36-34)Holiday (vs Arizona State; W 34-27)
Big 12 Award winners1st Team: William Powell, KR (Coaches), Daniel Thomas, RB (AP).

2nd Team: Daniel Thomas, RB (Coaches); Zach Kendall, OL, Wade Weibert, OL (AP), Ty Zimmerman, DB (Coaches).

Honorable Mention: Josh Cherry, K (Coaches), David Garrett, DB (AP), Stephen Harrison, DB; William Powell, KR (AP), Aubrey Quarles, WR (Coaches), Terrance Sweeney, DB (Coaches, Ty Zimmerman, DB (AP).
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#13#5

Seeding and methodology here

The Game

First Quarter

This game may seem like a a huge match up problem on paper for 2010, but Daniel Thomas can shred even great defenses on a good day, and with the first possession, he did just that. A combination of 4 carries by Thomas and a couple well timed passes by Carson Coffman, and the 2010 squad was in field goal range. Josh Cherry makes the kick and on the opening drive 2010 leads 3-0.

2002 must have been stunned to be down early because they get nothing going on their first possession. Sproles is stuffed behind the line, Roberson gets jammed on the next carry, and then can’t complete the pass on 3rd and 11. After punting, however, the 2002 team gets the ball right back Terence Newman intercepts Carson Coffman and returns it to the 23 yard line.  The 2010 defense holds strong again, however, and limits the damage to a Joe Rheem 42 yard field goal. 2002 ties it 3-3.

Second Quarter

In the 2nd quarter, after each team fails to put a valuable drive together, Carson Coffman puts together a nice string of passes Adrian Hilburn, Aubrey Quarles, and Chris Harper to pick up 5 first downs. All together it’s a 11 play, 62 yard drive, but it stalls out on the 23 yard line where Josh Cherry connects for his second field goal of the day. 2010 leads 6-3.

Late in the second quarter, Darren Sproles finally starts doing Darren Sproles things. With under a minute left in the half he breaks free for 85 yard before somehow being knocked out of bounds at the 1 yard line. Who catches Sproles from behind? Someone from the 2010 team apparently. But Ell Roberson drives in from the 1, and we have the first touchdown of the day. 2002 leads 10-6.

The 2010 team takes over with 34 seconds left in the half, and thanks to a 41 yard pass from Carson Coffman to Chris Harper. With 3 seconds left Josh Cherry attempts a 41 yard field goal, but hits the upright.

Third Quarter

Despite having a 4 point lead at the half, the 2002 team came out of the locker room hungry to prove they were better than what they showed in the first half, and they do so on the ground with runs by Ayo Saba, Victor Mann, and a 28 yard run by Darren Sproles. To cap off an 8 play, 64 yard drive Victor Mann plunges into the end zone on a 9 yard touchdown run. 2002 leads 17-6.

Later in the quarter the 2002 team makes it back into the red zone. This time on 3rd and 5 at the 9 yard line Ell Roberson can’t connect with Taco Wallace, and the team is forced to kick a field goal. Rheem nails the 26 yarder, and 2002 leads 20-6.

Fourth Quarter

At this point the ’02 defense is having it’s way with the ’10 offense. Early in the 4th quarter they take over at their own 37 yard line, but the ’10 defense is powerless to stop them on this drive. Sproles picks up 20 of the 63 yards on the drive, including a 6 yard draw play for the touchdown. 2002 leads 27-6.

After another 3 and out by the 2010 team, Darren Sproles takes over again. He finishes the next drive with a 13 yard touchdown, and 2002 is now running away with it, 34-6.

The 2010 goes into desperation mode and is finally able to put a solid drive together in the 2nd half. Starting from their own 28 yard line Coffman is able to lead a drive all the way to the 13 yard line, but his 4th and 8 pass is batted down, and Roberson can assume the victory formation.

Score by Quarters  Score 
2010 3 3 6
2002 3 7 10  14  34

The 2010 team was the first sign that Snyder was going to right the ship again. But the 2002 team was coming off a disappointing season with a lot to prove… and proved a lot. They rolled today, just as expected.

Game Leaders:

tempPlayer of the Game
Darren Sproles
’02 Running Back

22 att, 190 yds, 2 TD

Leading Receiver
’10 Aubrey Quarles

5 rec, 78 yds, 0 TD

Leading Passer
’10 Carson Coffman
17/34, 198 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT

The Bracket

ultimate bracket


Game 7 next week: 1st Round: 2014 vs 2000

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