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K-State Slate: 11.16.14 - Survival Saturday?

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All your Sunday morning quarterback news and notes.

Run, Melvin, run.
Run, Melvin, run.
Ronald Martinez

Well, that was interesting!

A day with Kansas State off and few really big games on the schedule turned into a day when even the most ordinary games you would dismiss as laughers turned into actual contests and kept our eyes glued to our televisions longer than is probably healthy.

There was no Slate yesterday, but here's what you may have missed around here. KSUEMAW! recapped Kansas State's season opening win against Southern Utah.

Yesterday's college football theme song was clearly "I Will Survive." Some teams are definitely breathing a sigh of relief, while others found the going just a bit too tough to survive. The mothership weighs in on yesterday's games and the playoffs.

Alabama played its way back into the top four in all likelihood with a win over Mississippi State, although CLANGA may not be out of the picture with the loss. Elsewhere in the SEC, LSU looked utterly lost against Arkansas, letting the Razorbacks win their first SEC game in forever and a day, and Auburn did itself no favors in getting pasted by Georgia in Todd Gurley's return to action.

There's something to be said for a team that just keeps surviving. Florida State seems to be on the edge of a loss every week, and yet, the Seminoles just keep ending up on the winning side of the scoreline. That happened again this week against a game Miami squad, and while some fans are (perhaps rightly) upset about their team being downgraded in the playoff rankings, Florida State is definitely in.

Closer to home, TCU was feeling unexpected heat in Lawrence despite the freezing weather, but ultimately managed to survive, thanks to a second half rally by the Horned Frogs. Oklahoma, playing without the injured Trevor Knight, did not look good in the early going, but the running game and Samaje Perine finally got going, and the Sooners survived a desperate challenge from Texas Tech.

In the Big Ten, Ohio State, playing in near-Arctic conditions left Minneapolis with a hard-fought win over Minnesota. Oh, and Wisconsin just scored again. Melvin Gordon ran all over Nebraska (again!), setting an FBS single game rushing record (408 yards) in the process. All the Blackshirts jokes ever.

A new era of women's basketball tipped off on Friday, with an 81-55 win over SIUE. The Wildcats continue their three-game homestand when they take on UMKC on Tuesday evening. Be there!

Kansas State runner Laura Galvan finished ninth at the Midwest Regionals and qualified for the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute for the second consecutive year.

In only their second loss of the season, the equestrian team was downed by No. 1 Baylor. Next up, the team travels to Fresno to take on Fresno State, and then No. 4 Auburn to close out the season.

The volleyball team rallied to beat Baylor in five sets. Freshman Kylee Zumach led the team in kills for the second straight game, and she was joined in double digit figures by Chelsea Keating and Natali Jones. This was Kansas State's first win over Baylor since October 2008.