The "Muscular Midwest" is flexing, and it has been a pretty incredible seven days for sports fans in Kansas!
For the 'Cats it started last Wednesday with our No. 22 volleyball team sweeping Oklahoma and then defeating West Virginia in Morgantown on Saturday as Coach Fritz's squad improved to 19-3 overall and 6-2 in Big 12 play. Saturday of course also included the 23-0 football shutout of the Longhorns in front of the 10th-largest crowd in Bill Snyder Family Stadium history.
Sunday featured a thrilling and memorable milestone for K-State golf as Robert Streb ('09) celebrated his first PGA Tour win with a gutsy come-from-behind run and dramatic playoff birdie to cap a huge final round on Sunday at The McGladrey Classic in Georgia. Robert always shows his K-State pride by wearing purple on Sunday. With this win he earns a coveted two-year PGA exemption and an invitation to the 2015 Masters. We are so proud of Robert and look forward to welcoming him and his wife, Maggie, back to Manhattan this weekend for our golf reunion, and we know you will enjoy congratulating him during Saturday's football game. Click here for a video feature on Robert following his win.
The Chiefs scored a big win Sunday afternoon, the Royals and Kauffman Stadium have been the center of the baseball world this past month and last night's Game 6 blow-out has Kansas City abuzz about tonight's decisive World Series Game 7, while Sporting KC is back in the MLS Cup Playoffs Thursday night! Meanwhile as basketball season approaches K-State, KU and Wichita State are all again projected to factor into the conference and national races.
And last night, the College Football Playoff (CFP) Committee recognized K-State's performance and tough schedule by including the 'Cats in its historic first top 10 rankings. There is a lot more football to be played of course and there is no game more important than the next one. The national spotlight swings back to Manhattan Saturday for our ABC televised game against Oklahoma State which will kick off at 7 p.m. Let's be in the stands early again to show the nation our purple passion for the 'Cats!