September 30, 2007

It's all smiles for Cats after big win

AUSTIN, Texas - Ron Prince did eventually come off the field. But not until he stopped near midfield and pointed at the Kansas State fans that cheered high in the upper deck at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. And not until he headed toward a purple-soaked Section 14 behind the north end zone. And not until he stood near the steps that led down to the visiting locker room and congratulated everyone right down to the last student trainer.

"Congratulations," he said.

"Congratulations," he said again.

Not since K-State upset top-ranked Oklahoma one night in 2003 have the Wildcats captured a bigger win away from Manhattan or devastated a ranked opponent so thoroughly, opening eyes nationally to a secret players and coaches said they knew all along.

If K-State made a mark in scaring the stripes off of then-No. 18 Auburn on national TV, than it left a Texas-sized bruise in Austin, where the bunch referred not-too long ago as the "In-Vince-ables" entered 50-5 under Mack Brown at home and was unblemished here in Big 12 openers.

K-State had never beaten a Top 10 opponent in a true road game. It never reached 40 points in any of those games, either.

So what to call the 41-21 conquest of the seventh-ranked Longhorns? Perhaps this is just the beginning for the Wildcats, who jumped into the national rankings at No. 24 in The Associated Press Top 25 Poll released Sunday. It was the first time K-State had been ranked since 2004.

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