Ultimate Battle for Ultimate Destiny: First Round

1996-2014 K-State Football

2013 vs 1998

Going into the tournament, 1998 is only the 6 seed, based on the attempt to remain unbiased in the seeding process. But they were the nearly unanimous #1 in the poll of Salute writers. Today we see them in action for the first time against the 2013 team that made a great rebound after a slow start.

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

The Matchup

Record8-5 (5-4 Big 12)11-2 (8-0 Big 12)
Head CoachBill SnyderBill Snyder
BowlBuffalo Wild Wings (vs Michigan; W 31-14)Alamo (vs Purdue; L 34-37)
Big 12 Award winners1st Team: B.J. Finney, OL (Coaches); Tyler Lockett, WR; Tyler Lockett, KR/ PR (Coaches); Tyler Lockett, All-Purpose (AP); Ryan Mueller, DE; Ty Zimmerman, DB

2nd Team: B.J. Finney, OL (AP); Cornelius Lucas, OL (AP); Blake Slaughter, LB (AP); Cody Whitehair, OL (Coaches)

Honorable Mention (Coaches Only): Travis Britz, DL; Gleen Gronkowski, FB; John Hubert, RB; Tyler Lockett, Offensive Player of the Year; Cornelius Lucas, OL; Daniel Sams, QB; Blake Slaughter, LB; Tramaine Thompson, KR/ PR; Ty Zimmerman, Defensive Player of the Year

Special Teams Player of the Year: Tyler Lockett

Defensive Lineman of the Year: Ryan Mueller
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#11#1

Seeding and methodology here

The Game

First Quarter

With everyone expecting the 1998 team to destroy 2013, it didn’t happen on their first possession. But it did on their 2nd. Behind the running of Eric Hickson, the 1998 team is able to get on the board first on the strength of a 30 yard touchdown run. 1998 leads 7-0.

After a 3rd down fumble on their first possession, the prolific 2013 offense takes over again, but the drive is over almost as quickly as it begins with Jeff Kelly’s sack of Jake Waters on 3rd down. On the ensuing drive, the 1998 team is able to move the ball again, but this time they’re held to a 28 yard field goal… but naturally Martin Gramattica hits it and 1998 leads 10-0.

The 1st quarter comes to an end shortly after the 2013 team is able to pick up a first down on a connection from Jake Waters to Tyler Lockett, but end up having to punt once more.

Second Quarter

Early in the 2nd quarter Martin Grammatica makes his 2nd field goal of the day, and 1998 leads 13-0. The 2013 team follows that scoring drive with one of their own that looks like it’s headed to good things before Robert Rose fumbles the ball. The 2013 team recovers, but is forced to punt once more.

The 2013 team is spared on the next drive, when Martin Gramattica hits the post on a 41 yard field goal. Rumor has it he tried it blindfolded just for fun, but that can’t be confirmed.

The arm of Michael Bishop is the star on their next drive, however. He completes 3 passes on a 7 play, 72 yard drive with a 10 yard touchdown pass to Justin Swift. 1998 leads 20-0.

Third Quarter


To open the 3rd, John Hubert fumbles the ball on 3rd down, and it looks like all may be lost, when Eric Hickson takes the 2nd play from scrimmage 32 yards for his 2nd touchdown of the day. 1998 leads 26-0.

Midway through the 3rd Jake Waters finally starts to look like the Jake Waters we expect to see. He connects on several passes, including throws to Tyler Lockett and Torell Miller before turning it over to John Hubert for the final 3 plays to get the touchdown. 1998 leads 26-7.

Fourth Quarter


Midway through the 4th quarter Jake Waters’ pass is intercepted by Dyshod Carter, and that sets up a 3 play, 59 yard drive ending in a touchdown pass from Michael Bishop to Aaron Lockett, who for the second week in a row is looking to best his nephew’s team. 1998 leads 34-7.

2013 can’t buy luck this game, and following a reception Kyle Klein loses the ball and 6 running plays later the ’98 team has scored another touchdown. 1998 leads 41-7.

Score by Quarters  Score 
2013 0 0 7
1998 10 10 14  41

No upsets today. Everyone expects the 1998 team to roll, and that’s exactly what they do in round one.

Game Leaders:

tempPlayer of the Game
Eric Hickson
’98 Running Back
21 att, 157 yds, 2 TDs

Leading Receiver
’13 Tyler Lockett

7 rec, 76 yds, 0 TD

Leading Passer
’13 Jake Waters
21/34, 250 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT

The Bracket

ultimate bracket

Game 9 next week: 1st Round: 2007 vs 2012

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