October 15, 2006

Freeman fights in loss to Huskers

With the game decidedly at hand and time ticking down on an evening of growing pains for Kansas State, true freshman quarterback Josh Freeman in his second career start did what he does best: He fought. Going quietly into the night in front of the first sellout in two seasons and the first at Bill Snyder Family Stadium wasn't Freeman's style. Especially in the face of what would become a 21-3 loss to No. 21-ranked Nebraska.

So, after the K-State defense held the Huskers to their poorest possession of the contest - 3 plays for minus-6 yards -- Freeman embarked on an important charge with 9 minutes, 26 seconds remaining by hitting Jermaine Moreira with a pair of 22-yard passes. He found tight end Rashaad Norwood across the middle for 15 yards. In all, he completed five of nine passes on the drive, the Wildcats' last gasp and a jaunt that was well overdue.

Of course, for the 50,723 that sat through the offensive display - 47 passes, 18 runs -- in which the unit struggled in going 1-for-13 on third downs and churned out 294 yards despite finding no rhythm on the ground, a recap of what happened next is already a bad rerun.

True freshman Leon Patton scooted for three yards to set-up third-and-goal at the 1. The 5-foot-7, 184-pound Patton, who can race, juke, spin and sprint, couldn't discover the same success he had a week ago punching it in against Oklahoma State in a key goal-line situation. He finished with 13 yards on 12 carries, part of a 18-carry, 22-yard output by the running game.

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