Trip in Time: 10 years ago, streaking Jayhawks claim first win at K-State since 1989

Late pick by Aqib Talib halts Josh Freeman’s bid to rally Wildcats

10 YEARS AGO | OCT. 6, 2007

 

KANSAS 30, K-STATE 24

MANHATTAN — Todd Reesing passed for 267 yards and three touchdowns as the Jayhawks won for the first time at Kansas State since 1989, Bill Snyder’s first season as coach.

Snyder, however, was not on the sideline for the Wildcats. Ron Prince was in his second season and had K-State ranked No. 24, but KU (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) remained undefeated by nabbing three interceptions thrown by the Cats’ Josh Freeman.

The last of the picks came with 1:12 remaining by Aqib Talib, who had been burned for a 68-yard touchdown in the first quarter by the Wildcats’ Jordy Nelson.

“That’s one of those situations where you’re the head football coach and that’s your responsibility, so that’s my deal,’’ Prince said of the thwarted two-minute drill. “We should’ve been able to perform in that situation and we did not.’’

Kansas not only won at K-State for the first time in 18 years, but scored its first touchdown on the Wildcats’ home field since 1999 when Jake Sharp’s 20-yard scoring burst forged a 7-7 tie.

The road game was the first for the Jayhawks after beating Central Michigan, Southeast Louisiana, Toledo and Florida International.

The victory launched an 11-0 start for Kansas, which went on win the Orange Bowl and finish 12-1.

“We’re going to have some fun and enjoy this,’’ fullback Brandon McAnderson said. “It feels great. I don’t remember feeling like this at any other time in my career. It’s the best.’’

Freeman finished with 305 yards passing, but the Wildcats dipped to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12 after beating No. 7 Texas a week earlier.

KEVIN HASKIN

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