Sports Extra: Win Over Miami One of the Best

John Hubert helped propel K-State to one of the greatest non-conference wins of the Bill Snyder era.

Sept. 27, 2011

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By Mark Janssen

Here’s another coffee shop topic to ponder.

Where did Saturday’s 28-24 heart-thumper over Miami rank among K-State’s all-time non-conference regular season victories?

Here’s the Top 5 thinking of yours truly at “Sports Extra.”

No. 5 – 1989 – Kansas State 20, North Texas State 17
It was Bill Snyder’s first win, and like Saturday’s, it wasn’t decided until the very, very end. In fact this one had the winning points scored on the final play of the game, a 12-yard pass from Carl Straw to Frank Hernandez. “The Drive” covered 85 yards in 95 seconds and ended with 0:00 left on the clock.

The game makes the Top 5 not because North Texas State was any kind of special team, but what it did was clear away that black cloud that hovered over KSU Stadium, 16 straight losses and a 0-29-1 record in its previous 30 games.

On this day, those dreaded streaks were put to rest.

No. 4 – 2000 – No. 8 Kansas State 27, Iowa 7
Playing in the Eddie Robinson Classic before 77,148 fans at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, K-State’s defense posted seven sacks with the performance led by defensive end Monty Beisel, who had 13 tackles.

Offensively, David Allen rushed for 65 yards and Jonathan Beasley passed for 250 with Quincy Morgan catching passes for 72 yards and Aaron Lockett for 85 yards.

No. 3 – 2001 – No. 12 Kansas State 10, USC 6
Bill Snyder’s 100th all-time win came at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum where the Wildcats scored 10 first-half points, and then held on for dear life.

Do you remember who scored K-State’s lone TD? Josh Scobey fumbled the ball into the end zone where Wildcat center Nick Leckey jumped on the loose ball for the score. Scobey rushed for 165 yards and Ell Roberson for 119.

K-State denied Carson Palmer and the Trojans on a late-game go-ahead drive as Henry Bryant recovered a fumble at the Wildcat-26 with two-plus minutes to go.

No. 2 – 2011 – Kansas State 28, Miami 24
Stars emerged from every angle in K-State’s win at Miami with the highlight coming by the collective defense that stopped the Hurricanes - not once, not twice, not three times, but four times from the 2-yard line to lock up the four-point win.

Collin Klein and John Hubert were headliners on offense as Klein passed for 133, rushed for 93 and accounted for three touchdowns, while Hubert rushed for 166 yards and had what proved to be the game-winning score at the 10-minute mark of the fourth quarter as the Wildcats came from behind for the win.

This one may step up to No. 1 if it ends up propelling the Wildcats into a huge season.

No. 1 – 2002 – No. 25 Kansas State 27, No. 11 USC 20
The win at KSU Stadium was a first over a nationally ranked non-conference team in Wildcat history. USC was ranked No. 11 in the national polls, plus it was Snyder’s second win over Trojans coach Pete Carroll.

Ell Roberson came in as a reliever to K-State QB Marc Dunn and earned a 204-yard offensive day with 134 coming through the air and 70 by land.

K-State had to hold on to stop the Palmer-led Trojans, who scored the final 14 points in the game.

Big 12 Honors Walker
Wildcat linebacker Tre Walker has been named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week following K-State’s 28-24 win over Miami.

The award for Walker was the first of his career and also the first for a Wildcat player this season, while the last K-State defensive player to earn weekly honors from the league was Courtney Herndon against Montana State in 2008.

Against Miami, Walker made four of the Wildcats’ last seven tackles inside the K-State 13-yard line during the Hurricanes’ final drive, including the final three and the goal line stop on quarterback Jacory Harris on fourth and goal to seal the victory. He also finished the game with eight total tackles.

Wildcats on ABC, Again
Not only is this week’s game with Baylor going to be televised by ABC, but next week’s contest with Missouri will be as well. Both games will have a 2:30 p.m., start.

K-State’s game against Missouri will be the 38th appearance all-time on ABC and will also mark the first time since 2003 that multiple games will air on ABC during the same season.

Tickets Going Fast for Baylor
Fewer than 3,000 tickets still remain for Saturday’s ABC-televised matchup with No. 15 Baylor but are going fast following two sellout crowds for the Eastern Kentucky and Kent State games. Bowl and sideline level tickets are available for $55, while reserved view level tickets are available for just $35. Additionally, military personnel and veterans can purchase tickets for just $20 for Fort Riley Day at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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