Big D for Wildcats Next on Countdown

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The 13th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats used a stifling performance from its defense to defeat 15th-ranked Texas in a 1999 game in Austin, which was voted as the second-best road win in the last 25 years by the k-statesports.com staff in Powercat Passport’s countdown of the program’s top wins away from home.

K-State’s defense forced six turnovers on the afternoon, all against quarterback Major Applewhite. Applewhite, who entered the contest with a streak of 136 consecutive passes without an interception, was intercepted three times including one by linebacker Mark Simoneau that was returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Applewhite also lost three fumbles. Kansas State’s defense limited the Texas offense to just 33 net yards rushing on 25 carries.

The Wildcats’ special teams wizard David Allen blew open a close game midway through the third quarter with a dazzling 74-yard punt return for a touchdown. The return was the seventh in Allen’s impressive career, which tied him for the NCAA career record.

Kansas State’s offense generated just one touchdown on the day – a 35-yard run by Allen in the fourth quarter – but won the field position battle. Jamie Rheem was a critical weapon in the contest as he set the K-State and Big 12 single-game record for field goals with five.     

The weekly countdown of k-statesports.com’s top-10 road games will continue each week through August 31, when the No. 1 road game of the past 25 seasons as selected by the staff at k-statesports.com is announced. The countdown is leading up to the Wildcats’ season opener at Auburn on Sept. 1.

Each week’s game will be announced on Thursday afternoon on k-statesports.com, with the webcast of the game available the next day.

In conjunction with the top-10 road game countdown, a one-year subscription discount of $10 is being offered on Powercat Passport, which provides hundreds of hours of video including live webcasts of selected events, full-game replays, Wildcat coaches' shows, game-day features, season highlights, exclusive interviews with players and coaches and classic games like the this summer’s top road game countdown.

Since launching in 2003, Powercat Passport has been the only site on the Internet for K-State fans to access live streaming video of Wildcat football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and volleyball.

Countdown to Kickoff: Top 10 Greatest Road Wins of the Last 25 Years
As voted by k-statesports.com staff

  • #10: October 23, 1999 (Stillwater, Okla.) - #7 Kansas State 44, Oklahoma State 21
  • #9: November 2, 2002 (Lawrence, Kan.) – #14 Kansas State 64, Kansas 0
  • #8: September 8, 2001 (Los Angeles, Calif.) - #12 Kansas State 10, Southern California 6
  • #7: September 25, 1999 (Ames, Iowa) - #15 Kansas State 35, Iowa State 28
  • #6: October 10, 1998 (Boulder, Colo.) - #4 Kansas State 16, #14 Colorado 9  
  • #5: September 9, 1995 (Cincinnati, Ohio) – #21 Kansas State 23, Cincinnati 21
  • #4: October 19, 1996 (College Station, Texas) - #19 Kansas State 23, Texas A&M 20
  • #3: October 29, 1994 (Norman, Okla.) – #23 Kansas State 37, #25 Oklahoma 20
  • #2: October 2, 1999 (Austin, Texas) - #13 Kansas State 35, #15 Texas 17
  • #1: Released August 30