November 17, 2007

MU's second half dumps Cats

With the No. 6 Missouri Tigers in town, coach Ron Prince and the Kansas State Wildcats (5-6, 3-5) knew they needed to execute in all phases of the game to pick up an upset. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, things did not go as planned. The Tigers (10-1, 6-1) led by just three at halftime, but outscored the Wildcats 28-14 in the second half, on their way to a 49-32 victory Saturday afternoon at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

"We did some nice things today," Prince said. "But, against a great team like (Missouri), you can't do nice things, you can't do a couple nice things, you've got to do a lot of things right. That's my responsibility as a head coach, and we didn't get it done."

The loss marked the Wildcats' third in a row, and put a team once in position to compete for a North division championship in a situation where they have to win the final game of the season just to be eligible for a postseason bowl game.

"We just haven't made enough plays," said senior receiver Jordy Nelson. "We've been in situations to make plays and win the game, and we haven't been able to do it."

The Tigers wasted little time in finding the end zone for their first score of the day. Safety William Moore intercepted a Freeman pass on the third play of the ballgame and returned it 22 yards. Starting from the Wildcat 15-yard line, quarterback Chase Daniel needed just two plays to get Missouri in the end zone. The junior quarterback connected with receiver Jeremy Maclin for an 8-yard touchdown just one minute and seven seconds into the game.

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