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Kansas State wins a close game and completes an improbable in-season turnaround.

You can try to stop Morgan Burns. You will probably fail.
You can try to stop Morgan Burns. You will probably fail.
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Turnaround. It's a word frequently used to describe Kansas State football. There was the original turnaround, the "Miracle in Manhattan," when Bill Snyder took the sport's most moribund program and turned into a perennial bowl team. Then there was Snyder's second act, an effort that pulled the Wildcats from the shadows of irrelevance back into the spotlight. Then there was 2015, a season with six straight losses followed by three straight wins, a mini turnaround that even made a bit of history:

In the grand scheme of things, winning three games in a row against the weaker part of the schedule just to finish 3-6 in conference is not much of a turnaround. But in winning those three games, Kansas State needed a big win over an in-state rival sandwiched between two of the most improbable wins ever. In the process, the Wildcats discovered something that may have been missing for a few weeks in the middle of the season: chutzpah.

The dictionary defines the term as the supreme self-confidence that allows one to do things that shock others. I can't think of a better word to describe Kody Cook stepping into the game cold and reeling off two touchdown drives in the space of four minutes to change the entire tenor of the game, or for that matter, to describe Charmeachealle Moore being all over the field at critical points in the game, accounting for seventeen (17!) tackles all on his own. There is indeed no better word to describe Morgan Burns who continues to do special things on special teams.

But as always, Bill Snyder gets the final word on games like this:

Their fight, spirit, perseverance, their never give up attitude, that's what I'll remember about this team.

Kansas State beat West Virginia 24-23 to win its sixth game of the season and earn a sixth straight bowl appearance (Kevin Haskin, Topeka Capital-Journal). KSUEMAW! brings you the Five Things Recap of the game, highlighting the five players who earned on-field kudos.

This game clearly meant a lot to the players, even if they are extraordinarily subdued in talking about it (VIDEO, Wichita Eagle). Also...Kody Cook: wide receiver, quarterback, winner. When you are those things, it doesn't matter that your dress shirt is wrinkled and your collar is messed up.

Charmechealle Moore had to overcome injury last season, and this season, Moore had to battle the emotional upheaval of losing his father. He used football to ease the pain and managed to end the season in winning style (Emilio River, Capital-Journal).

The K-State Collegian has a gallery of photographs from the game, including Senior Day festivities (Cassandra Nguyen; George Walker).

Now that we're going bowling, the post-season immediately becomes more interesting, yes? For those of you who love bowl season as much as I do, Jon Morse has a handy guide/schedule to the entire season.

Not even an hour-long power outage could darken the day for Kansas State, as the basketball team beat Chicago State 63-54 yesterday. The win was the third straight for the Wildcats, and a second three-game win streak for the season.

Kansas State dominated the boards, getting a 37-22 edge on rebounds, while Chicago native Breanna Lewis, playing in front of family and friends, led the team with 21 points off 10-of-16 shooting and also had eight rebounds. Kindred Wesemann had 15 points and three assists and Megan Deines had 10 points and four assists.

Kansas State returns to Bramlage on Monday to host UT Rio Grande Valley.

Ed: Apologies for extreme lateness. Real life is real.