Fridays at The Salute

Fridays at The Salute

The scene is a cool November night in Manhattan, KS. It’s Senior Day at Bill Snyder family stadium and the recently retired coach is enjoying this game from the west side suites. First year coach and his freshman quarterback welcome in a Top 5 Texas team for tonight’s ballgame.

It’s a big game so the student section is packed and rocking. Lot’s of positives are being thrown out. The team is 6-4 and showing signs of competing at a high level. Tons of optimism like, “If we can get to quarterback and limit the running back, we got this.” After several of these comments I loudly and confidently boast to my buddy, Jay, “If we beat Texas, I’ll get a Powercat tattooed on my ass!”

On this night, Kansas State’s defense was stingy. Colt McCoy starts the scoring on a one-yard touchdown run, but the defense would knock his shoulder out of the game early. The Texas running game lead by a certain back by the name of Jamaal Charles was limited.

The first half was back and forth until Yamon Figurs take a punt 58-yards, all the way down to the Texas eight-yard line. On the next play Leon Patton punches it in and the ‘Cats take a 21-14 lead into halftime.

At this point I am thinking I might need to do some research on the local tattoo parlors. A few of my neighbors at the game remind me of the statement I made. I tell them it’s still early. Tons of time left and they have Mack Brown in that locker room making adjustments.

The Wildcats first drive hurt. Tim Reyer has his punt blocked and the Longhorns score a touchdown to time the game on the next play. The game feels as if it is already slipping away when the Ron Prince’s squad unleashes a fury of scoring drives.

A Charles fumble leads to a 5 play, 80 yard drive to put the ‘Cats on top. Another Texas fumble leads to an iconic 30-yard touchdown pass from Josh Freeman to Figurs. ‘Cats up 14. The Wildcats block a punt and score on three plays and the Wildcats have doubled up Texas 42-21.

Now it’s time to worry about the smooth skin on my supple cheeks. At this point, everyone in the section seems to have heard about my bet. Do you go with the right one of left one? If you get a Powercat tattoo on your ass, you have to put the date and final score on there, right?

Two straight Texas scores and the gap is closing. Jeff Snodgrass nails a 51-yard field goal with just over three minutes left to push the lead to ten and Texas responds with a touchdown and they are down three.

Do you root for the Wildcats and get a tattoo or secretly hope the Longhorns figure out a way to win? YOU ROOT FOR THE DAMN TATTOO! That’s what you do when you a senior in college watching your last home game as a student!

Jordy Nelson recovers the ensuing onside kick, catches the final first down pass, Freeman takes a knee and fans rush the field.

I must come clean. It’s is a debt that has gone unpaid. I tell myself I am just looking for the right guy with the right needle to do some great work on my back side. Maybe I will wait until the 10th anniversary. Or maybe I will wait to inscribe, “Big 12 Champions: 2003. 2012. 2014.”

About The Author

Ryan was born and raised around the “Little Apple”, and is a life-long Kansas State fan and 2007 graduate. He is also a lover of all things Tallgrass Brewing. Was once quoted on November 11, 2006 as saying, "If we beat Texas, I will get a Powercat tattooed on my ass!"

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