Saturday, October 22, 2011

Kansas State coach, players gracious following blowout

A handful of remaining Kansas fans watch the final minutes of play from the Jayhawk student section as it is overrun with Kansas State fans on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at Kivisto Field.

A handful of remaining Kansas fans watch the final minutes of play from the Jayhawk student section as it is overrun with Kansas State fans on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at Kivisto Field.


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Members of Kansas State’s marching band — and several thousand purple-clad fans standing in the southeast stands of Memorial Stadium — chanted “Just like last year” on Saturday afternoon as the clock expired in the Wildcats’ 59-21 football victory over rival Kansas University.

The win was, indeed, eerily similar to KSU’s 59-7 pounding of the Jayhawks 373 days ago, also in Lawrence.

“For me, a win feels good, whether it’s by one point or 100 points,” KSU junior quarterback Collin Klein said after rushing for 92 yards off 13 carries, scoring four touchdowns and completing 12 of 19 passes for a career-high 195 yards and one score.

“My hat is off to KU. They are a tough team. Obviously they are struggling right now. They looked better than people sometimes give them credit for,” Klein added.

The Wildcats (7-0, 4-0) resembled a team in a different dimension than KU (2-5, 0-4), which has been buried, 118-28, by the ’Cats the past two years.

“We never approach it that it’s about the other team,” said Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, who improved to 16-4 lifetime versus KU. “For us, it’s all about us, about playing as well as we possibly can.”

Snyder was asked how he kept his team — which outgained KU 466 yards to 288 — so focused with a huge game against Oklahoma looming Saturday in Manhattan.

“We whip up on them (players) if they don’t stay that way. We have a hickory switch that I use,” Snyder joked.

“No ... they are just good young guys, and they want to succeed. They have had some success and believe in the process. You can make anything happen if you believe in what you are doing and prepare yourself. That’s the key for them ... to prepare yourself so you can play with that kind of belief and confidence.

“It’s truly one thing at a time. We’ve not talked about who we are playing next week. We didn’t even after the ballgame. We are not good enough to be looking five weeks ahead, two weeks ahead or even one week ahead.”

Snyder credited several thousand KSU’s fans and the Wildcat band for their support.

“They helped us like they always do — at home and on the road,” he said.

By the start of the fourth quarter, several hundred KSU students occupied KU’s student section on the east side of the stadium.

KU’s fans had fled from the premises with the Wildcats up, 52-14, after three quarters. The KSU players sprinted over and greeted those fans, as well as those seated near the band, following the final gun.

“By and large, we played well,” Snyder said.

None of the ’Cats were gloating after the beatdown.

“They held together pretty well,” senior defensive end Jordan Voelker said. “We were hoping they would throw in the towel if we jumped on them early. They did a good job staying with us the whole game.”

“It feels great to go out a senior beating your rival,” senior offensive tackle Clyde Aufner said. “It’s real special. Our guys take extreme pride in this game. To say we won is great. The way we’ve won is great. The guys from Kansas ... this is for them,” added the Raymore, Mo., native.

For the Wildcats, it’s now all about Saturday and the OU game.

“It’s another step,” QB Klein said. “It’s all about coming to practice Monday ready to work.”


Steve Brown 10 years, 9 months ago

Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse praised long golden hair also.

danmoore 10 years, 9 months ago

Coach Snyder is 72 and he'll have to retire someday. That's our consolation.

FSUJHAWK 10 years, 9 months ago

This is ridiculous! Regardless of how fans feel about the coaching staff and or the season, rival fans should never be allowed to occupy the student section. This is beyond disrespectful and disgraceful to Ole KU! Where was the stadium security? Where were the students/fans? Where was the pride? Where were those who claim they bleed crimson and blue?


HawkNVegas 10 years, 9 months ago

Pride for what? Support for which coach or player? Security to protect what non existent fans? Students should waste their weekend sitting through the heartburn why? I bleed Crimson and Blue and I know when We Suk a Major Football. Mangino Won, turner gill is a simple minded coach who rubs that Loser-ism off on The Team He Coaches. Sorry, but I'm a realist not a stupid fanboy living in fantasy land.

actorman 10 years, 9 months ago

I'm one of the biggest Mangino critics there is, but if you're going to rip on people you should at least get your facts straight: he did NOT have an overall losing record. He was 52-48.

John Randall 10 years, 9 months ago

You have to credit Big Lew for that 'winning' record. Another year . . .

I notice you weren't so diligent about looking up the conference record.

Mangino pulled KU back up to the mediocrity our 0.504 W-L (1890-2009) attests. No more than that.

The 2007 team caught lighting in a bottle — very few injuries, the soft half of the south (which we eked out two wins we maybe shouldn't have), NU off on their west-coast offense binge, MU taking the conf champ game off our shoulders, and then VaTech dumping on themselves.

Every school should luck into a season like that one, at least once every 50 years or so. K-State hasn't had theirs, and I doubt this year will be it either.

Geekinout 10 years, 9 months ago

I've never had a problem with Snyder or any of his players... It's the fans that came out of no where that I despise! I even have friends that were KU fans growing up that became Turncoats.

UmbertoConforti 10 years, 9 months ago

Any chance Mangino will come back? Come Back, Fat Man, Come Back. Come Back, Fat Man, Come Back. "But Shane (Fat Man) rode off into the sunset."

Listen the talent may be there but the performance isn't, so the talent doesn't mean squat. It could be said that this time Gill didn't outcoach (coached them out of the game) Kansas in the second half, he outcoached them both halves. Hell, if they played three halves he still would fug up. The starters miss tackles, many, they don't block effectively, they pick up the wrong man on sweeps, they just about foul up two thirds of all offensive plays and three fourths of all defensive downs.


Our football program belongs in the Big East or perhaps C-USA. Those big, bad boys in the Big 12 (read 10) are too mean to us. Even Silo Tech. This is my last football post this year. No interest.

Dear God, please hurry basketball season and help Mr. Self recruit.

scraptown 10 years, 9 months ago

I knew it was coming! The old jayhawk fallback, "wait 'til basketball season!" Way to brush off that old chestnut! Weird thing is, nowadays, wildcats look forward to basketball season as much as football.

ku11 10 years, 9 months ago

Just stick with football. KState basketball has been relevant only in the last few years with the appearance of Beasley. Then you had Pullen and Clemente. With Pullen gone now, they really don't have anyone to build the program around. Wildcat basketball will fade away and become irrellevant once again and you won't be looking forward to basketball season anymore. Just wait

Hammertoe 10 years, 9 months ago

K-State has made the Elite 8 more recently than KU. How many teams in the NCAA will have 3 recruits ineligible this year? Only KU. Frank Martin is a national celebrity, just as recognized at the other Coach Bill in Kansas (Self) College Athletics is all about Football and K-State is number 8 in the latest BCS ranking. KU streak of winning the Big 12 will come to and end this year- no depth.

scraptown 10 years, 9 months ago

I'd venture to say k-state has more to look forward to in their basketball season than ku has to look forward to in their football program. K state will at least win a conference game in basketball, and probably finish in the top half of the conference standings, and make post season play. When's the next time, you think, that ku will do any of these things in football?

Hammertoe 10 years, 9 months ago

K-State went 13-1 against KU in all sports last year. #8 in latest BCS rating. Football is the "only sport that counts" . The best coach in the state of kansas is named Bill , but it's not Self.

ku11 10 years, 9 months ago

synder won't be around forever. then what is kstate going to do? we all know what happened when he left the first time!!

Chad Dexter 10 years, 9 months ago

Only 1 of those Bills has a national championship.

kansas25 10 years, 9 months ago

My guess is K-State fans are much happier about being 7-0 and ranked 8th in the BCS than about beating a KU team that finds itself very down. Just guessing...

Micky Baker 10 years, 9 months ago

Yes, they are gracious for Turner Gill not being hired by their Athletic Director. I would be gracious too. They didn't even need work hard to beat Turner Gill yesterday.

Gill is being out coached by every opponent thus far. Gill doesn't understand that he has to actually get better at this level. He doesn't think he is bad, so he won't get better.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 9 months ago

16-4 lifetime against KU---Bill Snyder's record against the Jayhawks, that is. That is stinkin' ridiculous. Sorry, just saying. And the last two games (in Lawrence, no less) weren't even close. I am getting restless, to say the least.

squawkhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

Thank you, K-State for not hanging at least 70 points on us this weekend, even though we all know you easily could have, even with your back ups in the game.

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