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K-State State: 9.21.14 - Saved by the (Cow)bell

Insanity reigned yesterday, until last minute shenanigans preserved order.

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Chaos. College football. They just go together.

First, a K-State tidbit: Bill Snyder is among the most underrated coaches in the country, but we already knew that. What was more surprising is that he's less underrated than David Cutcliffe, and apparently only as underrated as Minnesota's Jerry Kill. I'm not sure what to make of that.

With K-State off and only two Big 12 teams in action, yesterday's action got off to a bit of a slow start. But boy did things pick up!

Close to home, in what can only be considered a shocking development, Kansas won a game against an FBS team. The Jayhawks needed a 60-yard fourth quarter strike from Montell Cozart to break a tie with Central Michigan. It was only the third win for Charlie Weis over an FBS opponent.

With Oklahoma and West Virginia deadlocked at 24-24 to start the third quarter, Sooner Magic was unleashed at Morgantown. This time, it took the form of freshman running back Samaje Perine who rushed for 242 yards and logged four touchdowns, including three in the second half. His ability to find the hole helped the Sooners to a decisive 45-33 victory.

The LOL B1G meme took a bit of a hit yesterday. First, Wisconsin and Michigan State ran right through their opponents, getting an explosion of points (Michigan State) and record rushing yards (Wisconsin) in the process. Second, Big Ten teams went 4-1 against competition from the Power 5 conferences, including a win by lowly Indiana over mighty SEC East champion Missouri. Please to note that Missouri was ranked #18 and was at home.

The lone loss belonged to Michigan as the Wolverines got trucked at home by a Utah team that controlled the tempo of the game and kept Michigan out of the red zone. The Big House was more like an Empty House:

Oh, and Minnesota football set the sport back about a century by completing exactly one pass in a 24-7 win over San Jose State.

All the best action last night happened in the evening though. That ringing sound you heard last night was CLANGA CLANGA CLANGA, as Mississippi State ran right at and ultimately through LSU in a 34-29 victory. A furious late-game comeback by the Bayou Bengals fell just short. Quick prediction: this year's Egg Bowl is going to be a cacophony of violence.

In the featured game of the night, where all the pre-game talk was around the Jameis Winston situation/fiasco/whatchamacallit, Clemson did everything it could to win the game, and then everything it could to lose. Because Clemsoning. Florida State ultimately won the game in overtime. There was some disagreement whether this was an actual Clemsoning or not, but the Washington Post ran with the idea.

The dread pirate Mike Leach nearly pulled off the ultimate pirate trick against Oregon. On a day when Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was sacked six times, and the Ducks offensive line was best described by this tweet from our own TB,

Mariota also managed five touchdowns to hold off the Cougars 38-31. Washington State had come into the game as 24-point underdogs.

Playoff hopes were mostly preserved for the nation's top teams, but a few teams deserve special mention for losing. Virginia Tech lost at home to Georgia Tech, and UNC forgot how to play football, losing to a very good ECU team 70-41. That is the most points ever given up by the Tar Heels, and it is also ECU's second-straight victory over an ACC team.

The volleyball team is still cruising. The Wildcats beat Youngstown State 3-1 at the Michigan Invitational to run their winning streak out to eleven matches. Chelsea Keating had a career-high 13 kills and eight blocks to lead the team.

K-State senior Laura Galvan finished fifth at the Big Ten Preview in Iowa City. This is her fifth top-five finish. Meanwhile, the men's and women's teams finished fourth overall.

The tennis team continued its strong outing at the OU Invite, winning five singles and three doubles matches. Sara Castellano and Palma Juhasz, playing together for the first time, managed to win twice, and each also added to the singles win total.