There seem to be two kinds of K-State fans today: those who are mad as hell about last night, and those who are giddy as schoolchildren after a snow day's been announced. The middle ground is both narrow and torturous, and not an environment for the weak-willed.
It's probably worth noting, in the aftermath, that one team last night made clear errors in execution at key moments of the game, and the other didn't. The people who are mad scream about recruiting and playcalling and their binkies.
But didn't anyone notice that without two critical turnovers, K-State might have won last night? Or that manchildbeast Shawn Oakman was bludgeoned into irrelevance last night, left panting and disinterested by the second quarter? Or that, while nobody can deny the inability of K-State's Band-Aid™ secondary to effectively cover possibly the best receiver in the country, he was catching balls thrown by a quarterback who was totally cheating, because I am pretty sure that somewhere in the rules it says you can't install target-locking software on your quarterback.
(Just in case there's anyone reading the prior paragraph whose educational peak was not, in fact, the university for which they root, that's called a joke. Nobody is actually accusing Jarrett Stidham of cheating. Much.)
Really, the only area in which we can say K-State brought their best, threw it against Baylor's best, and lost was on the line of scrimmage when Baylor had the ball -- and even then it wasn't enough of a Baylor advantage to allow the Bears to run the ball. And after halftime, when the tide started to turn and the Wildcat line started to get pressure on Stidham, guess what? The targeting systems failed, and Baylor was held to one touchdown in the second half.
Wow. Think about that for awhile.
If those of you who are angry really want something to be angry about, be angry about the fact that all the national media wants to talk about is how awesome Stidham was throwing the ball to an All-American who was being covered by a true freshman. You'd think Baylor won by 40 to read some of this coverage.
Recaps of last night's tussle:
- Kellis Robinett at the Star, who is still right there next to us pounding the Run The Dang Ball drum
- The Capital-Journal's Ken Corbitt focused on Joe Hubener's legs and drew a clear comparison of philosophies between Bill Snyder and Art Briles
- Corbett's C-J colleague Kevin Haskin also opines on the contest, subtly drills home the point that Oklahoma was the fluke this season
- The Eagle's Bob Lutz is strangely complimentary of everything K-State in his column today... except for the fans that left, which he's really super-upset about
- Via FOX, the AP's Dave Skretta says a clean game was the only thing between K-State and victory
- ESPN's Jake Trotter mostly focuses on Baylor, but notes that given the competition, four more efforts like last night will have K-State bowl eligible.
- Mark Seymour, co-bossman over at Our Daily Bears, offers his thoughts on his team's victory.
- And finally, the offical recap from K-State.
Post-game quote hits:
Bill Snyder, on the final play: "We should have thrown the ball out of bounds and tried again."
Stanton Weber, who seems mad: "I feel like our record does not give our team justice, but we have to do what we have to do. We are beating ourselves right now. I do not care what logo is on the other team’s helmet – we cannot continue to penalize ourselves."
Deante Burton, asked what the next step is: "Win some games." Regarding his touchdown, Burton said, "Joe threw a trust pass and lobbed it over the top and hoped that I would make the play and it worked."
Elijah Lee: "We are making headway in certain spots that we were not earlier in the season. We have shown that if we fight, we can compete with anybody."
Art Briles: "They are an impossible team to play. Their opening drive was 10 minutes and seven points. That is an eternity for us." On Hubener: "I thought he was great. I do not know what his stats were. I just thought he was efficient and very much under control. He is a lot like Collin [Klein] in my opinion."
The women return Monday night with an exhibition against Pittsburg State, which means your fearless leader and his mother will not be on speaking terms for two hours.
Katie Brand and Kersten Kober have earned CoSIDA Academic All-District first team honors. They're the first K-State volleyball players to do so in five years, which is sort of surprising to be honest.
At the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Carolina Costamagna and Ana Garcia Navas were perfect yesterday. Costamagna took a 6-0, 6-2 win over Stetson's Maja Salibasic, while Garcia Navas beat FGCU's Joselyn Treyes 6-3, 6-0. The pair also combined for an 8-4 doubles win over Laura Matuskova and Alexandria Stiteler of South Alabama.
Today, and currently in progress at this writing, Costamagna faces Florida's Spencer Liang. Garcia Navas lost to NC State's Martina Frantova 6-3, 6-2 in a 7am match. The pair will square off against Central Florida's Sofia Baptista and Caroline Eberhart at 4:30. This stuff is available on ESPN3, by the way.
Alyssa Lombardi was named Big 12 Rider of the Month in Horsemanship for October. Lombardi was 3-0 against ranked opponents on the month.
Danielle Kemper, meanwhile, was named one of 16 riders to compete on November 15-16 in the American Quarter Horse Association Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge, part of the AQHA's World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.