Same stuff, different day.
In the 100th iteration of Farmageddon, Kansas State came out on top 31-26. This is the Wildcats’ ninth consecutive win in the series. As with most recent games against Iowa State, Kansas State dominated for much of the game, but miscues on both offense and defense made the game much closer than it should have been down the stretch.
However, as Jon Morse notes in What We Learned, Kansas State ran the ball well, and the defense got the stops when needed. You really can’t ask for a whole lot more, especially in view of a win in a tough road venue where the Wildcats have struggled of late.
What is everyone else saying?
- Kellis Robinett notes that Bill Snyder struggled to find positives in the win, pointing to inconsistency and an inability to sustain focus over four quarters (Wichita Eagle).
- The mood after the win was not celebratory. As Jesse Ertz noted, “we have to work on finishing games.” (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal).
- Still, there were some bright spots in the game including Deante Burton having himself a great game including five catches for a season-high 72 yards and his first TD pass of the season (Corbitt, Capital-Journal).
- For Iowa State, it was yet another case of progress that didn’t translate into a win on the scoreboard. Matt Campbell stressed the importance of being better teachers and fans are seeing definitely improvement despite the 1-7 record (Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register).
It’s time to focus on the important things. Kansas State is 5-3 and one win from being bowl eligible for the seventh consecutive season. That streak trails only Oklahoma’s 17 appearances and ties Baylor in the Big 12.
Kansas State beat Baylor in four sets (25-22, 21-25, 25-13, 25-20) at Ahearn Field House last night and improved in the Big 12 standings. The VolleyCats are now just a half game back of third place.
Katie Brand and Bryna Vogel both tallied double-doubles in the match, and the defense held the Bears to their lowest hitting percentage (.111) of the season. Baylor never managed better than .250 in any set yesterday, and hit below the .200 mark in three of the four stanzas.
Brand has 65 career double-doubles, behind only Kim Schau with 69. She also has 4531 career assists, just 10 points away from second place all-time at Kansas State.
The Wildcats now have 10 four-set victories in 2016, tied for the most in a single season (1987). It was also the 10th home win for the team, the most since 2013.
Up next, the Wildcats host the Jayhawks for the Sunflower Showdown rematch on November 1, where Kansas State will be looking for a bit of revenge. First serve is scheduled for 7 PM.
The men’s and women’s cross country teams just wrapped up the Big 12 Championships in Lubbock this weekend. The men’s team finished in eighth place, while the women’s team took 10th. The men’s title was won by Oklahoma State, while Iowa State claimed the title for the women.
It was a disappointing result for both teams, but especially for the women. Coach Ryun Godfrey noted that “we did not run like we should be running.” The men did not run their best race either.
Next up, the teams will head to Iowa City, Iowa for the NCAA Midwest Regional Meet on November 11.
The men’s golf team is currently in North Carolina for the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. Play for the first two rounds began earlier today with a shotgun start, and will conclude with another shotgun start on Monday.
Kansas State is currently tied for second, at -6 through holes 10-13.
For Kansas State, youth is the buzzword. There are no upperclassmen competing for the Wildcats in this tournament, with sophomore Jeremy Gandon the most experienced player. He’s currently tied for the lead at 4-under through 12 holes, while teammate Ben Fernandez is tied for third at -3 through 10 holes.
Happy Sunday, all!