October 2014 Top 10 Moments

10. Matthew McCrane earns Groza Star of the Week
Redshirt freshman kicker Matthew McCrane was honored by the Lou Groza Award after connecting on 3-of-3 field goals against Texas by being named one of three "Stars of the Week," the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced on Monday, Oct. 27.
His three field goals, including two from a career-long 30 or more yards, helped the Wildcats earn a 23-0 win over the Longhorns and kept him true to every field goal he has kicked this season. McCrane is a perfect 6-for-6 in field goals and 20-for-20 on extra-point attempts during the 2014 season. 
"I'm pretty confident with the way I'm kicking the ball right now, and as long as I continue to do that I think that it will help us out," said McCrane after the Texas game.
9. Football records first conference shutout in 11 years
The Wildcats' recorded the program's 500th win in style by shutting out the Texas Longhorns, 23-0, on Saturday, Oct. 25. It marked K-State's first shutout since the team beat Kent State, 37-0, in 2011, the first conference shutout since a 45-0 win over Iowa State on Nov. 8, 2003, and the first conference shutout at home since a 66-0 blanking of Missouri on Nov. 20, 1999.
The Wildcat defense held the Longhorns to only 196 total offensive yards, and the win marked the first time Texas had been shutout since the 2004 season. 
The sixth win of the season for the Wildcats, the game also earned K-State bowl eligibility for the fifth-consecutive season.
8. Dante Barnett earns Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
Following a seven-tackle contest in which he batted away four Texas passes in the Wildcats' win over the Longhorns, junior defensive back Dante Barnett was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, Oct. 27.
Though it was the first career Big 12 weekly honor for Barnett, it marked K-State's 28th time earning a weekly conference honor since 2011, the most in the Big 12.
Barnett's four passes defended are tied for the eight most nationally in a single game this season and the most by a Wildcat since 2003. With six passes broken up so far this season, Barnett is just one shy of tying his high for a single season.
7. Natalie Jones Named Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week
After hitting over .600 and averaging 3.0 kills and 1.5 blocks per set last week, redshirt senior Natali Jones was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week for the period ending October 26, the AVCA announced on Oct. 28. It is the first national player of the week award for a Wildcat since 2012, and Jones has become only the fourth player in program history to earn the accolade.
In the Wildcats' wins over Oklahoma and West Virginia last week, Jones matched her career-high in kills (12) in each match. 
Along with the National Player of the Week recognition, Jones also received Big 12 co-Offensive Player of the Week (her first conference weekly honor) for her stellar performance on the court.
6. Volleyball goes 6-1 in Conference Play during October
Starting with a 3-2 win at KU on October 1, the Wildcat volleyball team has recorded six wins during the month of October and, though the team fell to No. 2 ranked Texas, it has climbed in the AVCA Coaches Poll and held a No. 22 national ranking this month. The 6-1 record is K-State's best in the month of October since 2003 (8-0).
Along with its win over the Jayhawks, K-State remained perfect on the road this month as it swept both Texas Tech (Oct. 4 in Lubbock) and TCU (Oct. 15 in Fort Worth) and mustered up a 3-2 win at West Virginia on October 25.
At home, the Wildcats defeated Iowa State, 3-1, on October 8 and swept Oklahoma, 3-0, on October 22. 
5. Jaffrey earns Big 12 Golfer of the Month
Freshman golfer Connie Jaffrey has made quite an impact on the Wildcat women's golf team in her first season at K-State. So much so that the Big 12 took notice and, on Oct. 9, named the Killwinning, Scotland, native the Big 12 Golfer of the Month for September.
"Connie has come in and played well this month," head coach Kristi Knight said after learning Jaffrey received the honor. "To get a win in your third college event says a great deal about her golf ability and her composure."
Jaffrey finished September with a first-place finish at the Johnie Imes Invitational by posting an 8-under par 208 - the second-lowest score in school history. In the first three events of the season, Jaffrey led her team in overall stroke average at 72.56, and so far during her Wildcat career, Jaffrey has captured three top-five finishes. 
The Big 12 honor was the first for K-State women's golf since Christine Boucher in November 2002.
4. Women's Golf wins Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate
The K-State women's golf team earned its second tournament title of the 2014 fall season as it posted a 13-over par 877 to capture the title of Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate champions on Oct. 12. 
K-State was led by individual champion Olivia Eliasson, who captured first place by posting a 3-under par 213. Eliasson's first-place finish marked the first individual championship of her career.
The Wildcats' win came after pulling away from in-state rival Kansas, which finished the tournament in second place, seven shots back of K-State.  For a full release and scores from the Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate, click here.
3. Volleyball earns five total Big 12 Player of the Week awards 
The Wildcat volleyball team has continued to impress throughout the month of October, and, as a team, has earned five total Big 12 Player of the Week awards this past month--which by itself would tie the program-record for most in an entire season.
Most recently, senior Natali Jones and freshman Kylee Zumach were honored by the conference for the period ending October 26. Jones received Big 12 co-Offensive Player of the Week (her first conference weekly honor) after hitting higher than .600 and matched her career-high in kills (12) in both of the Wildcats matches against Oklahoma and West Virginia. 
Zumach earned two Big 12 Player of the Week honors in October, and continues to prove herself among the league's most elite newcomers. So far this season the true freshman leads K-State in kills (290), kills per set (3.58) and is tied with redshirt sophomore Brooke Sassin for most sets played with 81. Her five Big 12 Player of the Week recognitions this season are a program best.
Overall during the 2014 season, K-State volleyball has earned a school-record eight weekly conference awards.  
2. Football defeats Oklahoma
On the road in a hostile environment, K-State showed discipline in its' 31-30 win over the then-No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Despite being out-gained by nearly 150 total yards, K-State capitalized on the Sooners' mistakes en route to its victory. The win marked the second consecutive game K-State has won in Norman and kept the Wildcats perfect in Big 12 play.
The Wildcats were paced by senior quarterback Jake Waters, who accounted for all three of K-State's offensive touchdowns (two passing and one rushing). Even when he was knocked down, he continued to get back up as he finished with 225 yards passing on 15-of-23 attempts and added 51 yards on the ground.
"He is a tough young guy," said head coach Bill Snyder after the game. "When I asked Jake, 'Can you do this?' He said, 'I can do it coach.' I asked if there was anything we need to be restrictive of and he said, 'I can do it all, if you want me to run it, tell me, if you want me to throw it, I'll throw it.'"
1. Fernando Roman nominated for Rhodes and Marshall Scholar
One of only four K-State students selected, Fernando Roman, K-State cross country and track and field distance runner, was recently selected to represent the university as a Rhodes and Marshal Scholar nominee. 
Awarded to 32 students nationally each year, the Rhodes Scholarship provides a fully-funded education to Oxford University in England, while the Marshall Scholarship awards as many as 40 students with full funding for two years of study at any university in the United Kingdom. 
"I was pretty excited," said Roman after learning he was nominated for the scholarship opportunity. "It feels really, really great in the sense that K-State thinks I'm one of the top students in their school to nominate me for that. I've been working very, very hard academically since I got to K-State, so I kind of felt it was sort of like a reward, like they've known I've been working hard. They recognized that."
Roman, a senior in mathematics has accumulated a 4.0 GPA during the 2013-14 school year and was named to both the 2012-13 USTFCCCA All-Academic and the 2012 and 2014 Academic All-Big 12 teams.
To continue reading about Roman and his nomination, click here
K-State's Fernando Roman competes in the Rim Rock Classic at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kansas on September 29, 2012. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
   

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