November 6, 2007

K-State has proven it bounces back

Coming off a crushing, and almost embarrassing loss, head coach Ron Prince's team will look to rebound in Lincoln this weekend against a Nebraska team in disarray. And while it may be easy to think last week's loss to previously 1-8 Iowa State, who was without a Big 12 win, could crush Kansas State's spirit and induce a downward spiral, there is every reason to believe this will not be the case.

K-State has been in this position before. But then again, what team hasn't? The difference is: The Wildcats have been at their absolute best in games following losses this season.

Between the 2003 and 2006 seasons, K-State lost 23 games, and the school was defeated 12 times following loss in it's previous game, a trend that has reversed this season, as K-State is 3-0 in such games. And the Wildcats haven't just slipped by their opponents. K-State has outscored its competition 132-47 in rebound games this year, and it seems as though the team has played with a controlled sense of anger after suffering defeat.

"That's just the kind of team we are," said quarterback Josh Freeman. "Coming back from a loss, everybody feels like their backs are against the wall. We just respond and win."

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