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Tuesdays on The Salute

Tuesdays on The Salute

It’s been done before. Bill Snyder is coaching a game that the underdog Wildcats have no chance to win. He’s been in this situation before and he’s emerged victorious numerous times.

In 1997, #14 Texas A&M rolled in to Manhattan. The Aggies were 5-0 with an offense ranked near the top of the country. They had scored over 50 points in 3 of their five games, including hanging 56 on a conference foe in Iowa State. The Wildcats had narrowly escaped Ohio early in the year and had been destroyed by Nebraska in Lincoln. It didn’t look good for K-State. The Wildcats ran out to a 13-0 lead and whipped the Aggie offense all game. In the end, the Cats walked away with a statement win, 36-17.

How about 2002? USC came to Manhattan. The Trojans would eventually win the Pac-10 and finish 4th in the AP poll. They had Heisman trophy winner Carson Palmer leading a roster full of NFL talent. USC had beaten Auburn and Colorado to earn a #11 ranking. While the Wildcats had beaten nobody and just cracked the polls at 25. K-State had never beaten a ranked non-conference opponent in Manhattan in school history. The Wildcat D led the way, holding Palmer to 186 yards on 18-47 passing, as K-State walked away with a 27-20 win in front of a national TV audience.

So both of those games were over a decade ago. Then how about 2011? Another Heisman trophy winning Quarterback came to town in Robert Griffin III and the Baylor Bears. The unranked Cats would be facing another offensive juggernaut. RG3 and all the weapons on the Bears offense would be too much for K-State. Baylor would have 4 touchdown drives of less than 2 minutes in the game. But you all know how it ended. Arthur Brown intercepted Griffin for the first time all season. Anthony Cantele booted the game winning kick. The Wildcats stunned college football and jumped back onto the national scene.

Those are just 3 examples of K-State pulling upsets at home. If you want to talk about upsets where the Wildcats had no chance according to the “experts”. We all remember the 2003 Big 12 Championship demolision of the “unbeatable” Sooners.

K-State has done it before. And they will do it again.

Go Cats. Beat Auburn!

About The Author

Seth is a 2000 graduate of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism at Kansas State. While in Manhattan he wrote for the Kansas State Collegian, reported for the Wildcat 91.9 and interned at KSNT-TV in Topeka. He teaches now, but still play with his journalism degree. Living in the middle of Missouri makes it harder to follow the Cats, but he wears enough purple to draw stares at the grocery store. Follow him on Twitter at @catbacker77

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