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K-State Slate: 1.11.15 - Clutch Victories and All That

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Yesterday was weird and fun and all the stuff we like about purple sports. I think.

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We won! We won!! We won!!!

Kansas State won an overtime thriller against #16 Oklahoma 66-63 in Norman yesterday, on a clutch play from Marcus Foster. It's not obvious if this means anything more, but it was a good sign that execution and effort from the entire team translate to victory, as suggested in TheBig E's recap: Kansas State 66, Oklahoma 63 (OT).

Your other post-game recaps, in no particular order: K-State SID, Associated Press (via ESPN), Wichita Eagle (Kellis Robinett), Topeka Capital-Journal (Ken Corbitt), K-State Collegian (Timothy Everson), and The Oklahoman (Ryan Aber).

Although Foster is getting most of the press this morning, this was definitely a team effort. Kansas State got scores from nearly everybody, with Justin Edwards, Thomas Gipson, Nino Williams, and Foster all getting at least eight points on the night. But the big story might be the contribution of Stephen Hurt, who had 15 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes and hit on every jumper at the most critical moments.

Hopefully, this win is a springboard to a good run in the Big 12.

Much like the men's team yesterday, the women's team is in desperate need of a win, after starting out 0-2 in Big 12 play. Hopefully, that win will come against the Jayhawks this afternoon. The game will be carried regionally on FSN.

Kansas is also 0-2 in Big 12 play, but the ladies from Lawrence are chasing their third straight victory in Manhattan. Here's hoping they don't get it.

I did not link this yesterday, but Kansas State has put together a tribute video for Bill Snyder and his election to the College Football Hall of Fame: Congratulations, Bill Snyder. The highlight of the video (at least for me) is definitely the brief clip of a much-younger Snyder jumping on to one of his assistants in glee after that first ever win over North Texas. I'm pretty sure that's the last time he ever reacted with such joy to an on-field event.

Three Kansas State players (Jake Waters, Curry Sexton, and Ryan Mueller) played in the 2015 Medal of Honor Bowl yesterday, as part of the American team. But a second half rally from the National team led to a 26-14 National win. Waters was 9-21 for 71 yards on the day.