A short-handed K-State football team beat number three Oklahoma 38-35 in Norman yesterday in one of the biggest upsets in school history. While it wasn’t always pretty, the Cats never gave up and fought valiantly to pull out the win. Let’s take a look at what the players, coaches and media had to say about the victory.
“Any chance in the world Kansas State makes it two in a row against Oklahoma?”…Rece Davis, College Gameday
JM: The College Gameday crew unanimously picked Oklahoma to win in a blowout against K-State. Read on…
“I HIGHLY doubt that. I’m going Sooners.”…Desmond Howard, College Gameday
JM: Emphasis on “HIGHLY.”
“Boomer Sooner, Kirk.”… David Pollack, College Gameday
“Oklahoma BIIIIIG.”…Lee Corso, College Gameday
JM: Lee Corso is just a caricature of himself anymore. Granted, I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this one. I picked K-State to cover the 28 point spread, but I didn’t predict a victory. However, these guys are paid to be the “experts.” They knew as little as we all did.
“Skylar Thompson threw for 334 yards and a touchdown and ran for three more scores as Kansas State upset No. 3 Oklahoma 38-35 in Saturday’s Big 12 clash in Norman, Okla.”…Reuters
JM: Skylar was a beast in this one. Never gave up, never got down on himself. Just kept grinding. Impressive.
“This time, it was the Wildcats (1-1, 1-0 Big 12) who rallied after trailing 35-14 late in the third quarter.”..Reuters
JM: I thought this one was over when it was 35-14. So glad I was wrong.
“No. 3 Oklahoma collapses in 38-35 loss to Kansas State.”..FoxSports
JM: This was the headline on FoxSports. Headlines like this irritate me. Did Oklahoma collapse or did K-State turn things around, keep playing hard, and play very well in the second half in order to pull the upset? Was Oklahoma bad or was K-State great? Let’s give the Cats some credit here, please.
“There is something about this guy,” Klieman said. “When people want to count him out, he makes plays.”…Kellis Robinett, KC Star
JM: Klieman talking about Skylar Thompson here. Keep that chip on your shoulder, Skylar.
“Keep in mind that K-State was down seven starters due to COVID-19 concerns and contact tracing.”…Ben Kercheval, CBS Sports
JM: Seven starters were out for the Cats. No word on how many, if any, were out for the Sooners.
“In fact, five of the final six possessions of the game for K-State went as follows:
- 5 plays, 29 yards, FG
- 2 plays, 38 yards, TD
- 8 plays, 38 yards, TD
- 3 plays, 75 yards, TD
- 7 plays, 78 yards, TD”..Ben Kercheval, CBS Sports
You’re going to hear a lot about Vaughn now — namely that he’s 5-foot-5. Yes, he’s short, but he has big-play ability. He finished the day with eight carries for 45 yards and a touchdown. Not bad, considering the Wildcats had a hard time finding a consistent running game. That’s about 5.6 yards per carry. But where Vaughn really made his impact was in the passing game, where he had four receptions for 129 yards. Again, 77 came on one play, but he has great speed, and yes, he can get lost in the coverage a little bit. Either way, Kansas State knows how to use him. “…Ben Kercheval, CBS Sports
JM: High praise for Deuce Vaughn. Deuce is small in stature like Sproles and is shifty like him, but that may be where the comparisons end. I don’t think he’s quite as fast or elusive as Darren was, but we will see how things evolve over time.
“In order to win, Kansas State needed help. Boy did the Wildcats ever get it. They won the turnover battle 4-0 while scoring 14 points off of a Seth McGowan fumble and a Rattler interception.”…Ben Kercheval, CBS Sports
JM: Make no mistake, turnovers were the key to this game. However, it was a product of K-State playing well as much as it was the Sooners playing poorly.
“The first half was dominant,” (Lincoln) Riley said. “I remember thinking, ‘Man, I don’t even know how this game is this close right now.'”…Sam Khan, ESPN
JM: I was stunned when the game was still 14-7. OU had completely dominated the game up to that point and K-State was only down seven. OU out-gained K-State 171-12 in the first quarter!
“K-State had 302 offensive yards in the second half and averaged 10.1 yards per play in that span.”…Sam Khan, ESPN
JM: This stat is mind boggling to me. 10.1 yards per play in the second half?
“Knock on wood because who knows who’s gonna be available next week, you know?” Klieman said. “And that’s kind of what everybody has to realize on our team and across college football. This is a great win … OK, now we got to go back on Monday and see who’s available and get those guys ready to play, whoever that is. “I hate to say that and you guys don’t want to hear that, but that’s, unfortunately, the reality we’re living in.”…Sam Khan, ESPN
JM: This is the unknown of the Covid world we are living in. Especially with contact tracing forcing a two week benching. We won’t know who is eligible to play week to week. It’s gonna make for an interesting season.
Here is a highlight package of the game from yesterday…