K-State Athletics Top Moments | November 2013
December 2, 2013
By Kelly McHugh
The past month has been an exciting one for K-State Athletics. Here are a few moments K-State Sports Extra has highlighted as November's greatest.
10. 2003 Big 12 Champions Reunited in Bill Snyder Family Stadium
On Dec. 6, 2003, the K-State football team took on No. 1 ranked Oklahoma and came away with a huge 35-7 victory and the Wildcats' first conference championship since 1934. This month, 30-plus members of that team were reunited and celebrated during K-State football's game against Oklahoma.
"It's a great thing to be honored and come back for a game," All-American linebacker Josh Buhl said. "It's good to see everyone and reunite - a lot of these guys I haven't seen in almost 10 years. It brings back memories of just our camaraderie as a team; the fun that came with the championship that we won."
9. K-State Football wins its first road game of the season at Texas Tech
On Nov. 9, K-State football traveled to Lubbock, Texas, and came back to Manhattan with a 49-26 victory over then-No. 23 Texas Tech. A complete effort from both the Wildcats' offense and defense - running back John Hubert rushed for 157 yards while safety Ty Zimmerman snatched an interception for a touchdown - the win continued the Wildcats' winning streak and marked its first win on the road.
"We're not a team that's going to get pushed over," senior wide receiver Tramaine Thompson said. "A lot of people, as I said last week, turned their back on us. We had a couple of tough losses at the beginning of the year, but to go to another team's house, and play solid and play aggressive, and come out with the W, you know, it's a positive thing for us."
8. Jake Waters throws to Tramaine Thompson for a 79-yard touchdown in win against TCU
The Wildcats' receiving corps played a crucial role in K-State's 33-31 win over TCU on Nov. 16. Jake Waters went 10-of-24 for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Waters' 79-yard touchdown pass to Tramaine Thompson's was the longest pass play touchdown since the Wildcats' 2005 season.
"The offensive line gave me all day to throw and the guys like Curry [Sexton], Tramaine [Thompson] and [Tyler] Lockett were just making plays for me, just getting open for me."
7. K-State Volleyball senior Kaitlynn Pelger earns Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
On Nov. 4, volleyball senior middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the week. Her third Big 12 weekly honor this season, Pelger now has a K-State record eight Big 12 weekly honors. That week, Pelger recorded a Big 12-leading 5.67 kills per set, 0.67 aces per set and 7.00 points per set in two matches and helped lead her team to a sweep of the then-No. 25 Oklahoma Sooners.
While she has found her share of success on the court, on Nov. 19, Pelger was named to the Academic All-Big 12 team for the first time in her career.
"It's probably the most important award that I've ever received," Pelger said about the academic achievement. "I've had to work extremely hard with my grades over the past four years here. I learned my lesson my first spring as a freshman coming in thinking it might be a little easier than I thought, and it wasn't. I feel like it's the ultimate package for a student-athlete. The student comes first, so to be able to receive that award is just extremely special."
Along with Pelger, K-State volleyball's six seniors - Courtney Cook, Tristan McCarty, Lilla Porubek, Courtney Traxson and Dakota Kaufman - were celebrated before their final game in Ahearn Field House on Nov. 30.
6. K-State football honors 27 seniors
Despite a 41-31 loss to Oklahoma on Nov. 23, K-State's 27 seniors were celebrated for the final time in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. This year's senior class is among the most successful groups of seniors in Wildcat history and has helped lead their team to a bowl game now four seasons in a row.
"I think they're better than good," head coach Bill Snyder said about his seniors. "(Senior day) is always emotional, regardless of which class it happens to be, but there's some awfully good youngsters in this class. I'm awfully proud of them and will certainly miss them."
5. K-State equestrian records win over No. 4 Georgia
On Nov. 22, K-State equestrian took down No. 4 Georgia, 13-7, at Timbercreek Stables in Manhattan. The K-State hunt seat came away with a 7-3 win while the Western team won, 6-4. Junior Madison Wayda took home the competition's Most Outstanding Player honor after a dominant performance in Equitation on the Flat.
"We are undefeated at home so far, so that is a boost of confidence for our team," said head coach Casie Maxwell. "Georgia is an incredible team. They have a wealth of experience and have historically done well at the National Championships in the last few years. To be able to compete with them this early in the season is great."
4. K-State women's basketball freshman Leti Romero's solid performance
Following a game-high 16-point debut performance against Tennessee State on Nov. 8, Leti Romero put away a huge 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Wildcats' 73-65 win over Charlotte. The Las Palmas, Spain, native is currently averaging a team-high 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
"I feel like I am adjusting to everything here," Romero said after her 25-point performance. "All of the coaches and players have given me the confidence and now I feel comfortable. I really enjoy playing with this team."
3. Men's Basketball freshman Marcus Foster's game-winning performance
In the Wildcat's 71-63 win over Oral Roberts, men's basketball freshman Marcus Foster scored a game-high 25 points going, 9-of-12 from the field, including four 3-pointers. Foster's 25 points were the most by a freshman since Michael Beasley also scored 25 points against Texas A&M in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship at the Sprint Center on March 14, 2008. Foster is the first freshman to post a 20-plus-point game since Thomas Gipson in 2011.
"I just noticed that our team was looking a little sluggish and we needed a little spark," Foster said after the game, "and I think I am pretty good scorer. I decided to take it upon myself to get my team going on offense. It got everybody going and then we just made a run and got back in the game."
2. Tyler Lockett tears through the K-State record books
Lockett's 278 receiving yards in the Wildcats' 41-31 loss to Oklahoma broke the K-State single-game record, which he set earlier this season against Texas after recording 237 yards. He is now tied with former wide receiver Jordy Nelson (2007) as the only Wildcat to record two 200-plus receiving yards games in their career.
Along with his exceptional receiving game, Lockett totaled 162 yards on kickoff returns, putting him at a record breaking 440 all-purpose yards. Lockett's 440 all-purpose yards pushed him ahead of Darren Sproles, who recorded 351 total yards vs. Louisiana Lafayette in 2004, while it was the fifth most in FBS history.
Lockett now has 1,760 kickoff-return yards - breaking another school record - and his three receiving touchdowns tied for the single game record.
1. Jack Cantele's game winning field goal against TCU
Sophomore Jack Cantele hit a thrilling 41-yard field goal in the final seconds of K-State's 33-31 win over TCU on Nov. 16. The field goal was Cantele's first ever game winning kick, and his fourth and longest field goal of the game.
"It has to be like any other kick," Cantele said after the game. "I have to say I have been ready for this my whole life. Everything up to this point has been getting me ready for this. "
And of course...
John Hubert rushes for 220 yards in the Wildcats' win over Kansas
Hubert rushed for a career-high 220 yards on 30 carries in the Wildcats' 31-10 win over the Kansas Jayhawks on Nov. 30. The most yards rushed by a Wildcat since Daniel Thomas rushed for 269 against North Texas in 2010, Hubert is now only 32 yards away from his first 1,000-yard season.
"The offense did a great job running," Hubert said with a smile after the game. "I just said to myself, 'Every little crease, every little hole I'm going to get it and rush down field, try to break the tackles and run hard.' That's what I came in today trying to do. It was the first time I touched the ball 30 times, so I was loving it."