October 6, 2007

Jayhawks rule state's roost ... again

The most anticipated "Sunflower Showdown" in years came down to the waning minutes. Unfortunately for the No. 24 Kansas State Wildcats, they came up empty on a potential game-winning drive. The Wildcats fell to the Kansas Jayhawks, 30-24, Saturday afternoon at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, KU's first win in Manhattan since 1989 and its third in the last four meetings.

"We had an opportunity to win the game at the end with a two-minute drive," coach Ron Prince said following the game. "We did not do so.

"We should have been able to perform in that situation, and we did not."

With a comeback opportunity at hand, a Josh Freeman-led passing attack advanced efficiently down the field with three straight completions, before sputtering. The comeback opportunity vanished with an Aqib Talib interception on a Wildcat fourth-and-8.

"I think a couple times we tried to force the ball into places that we didn't need to," Prince said of the passing attack. Freeman threw for 305 yards, but also tossed three interceptions.

In a back-and-forth affair, the Jayhawks went ahead for good when quarterback Todd Reesing connected with Dexton Fields for a 30-yard score. The Jayhawks needed just five plays to advanced 62 yards for the score. For the game, the Jayhawks out gained the Wildcats 437 total yards to 363.

Kicker Scott Webb[ added a field goal four minutes later to cap the day's scoring, but his kick came on the heels of a strong Wildcat defensive stand.

"I told the defense at that start of the fourth quarter that this was their game," Prince said. "It was time for us to make a stop and show that we were a great defense."

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