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Volleyball winning streak ends, but soccer gets the first home win in program history.

Could Charles Jones have cost himself the start Saturday?
Could Charles Jones have cost himself the start Saturday?
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As we fondly remember Jose Fernandez, Arnold Palmer, and Les Miles — no, he’s not dead, but he sure got murdered yesterday — we’ll head straight for the buffet.

Football

As Kellis Robinett reports, Charles Jones paid a high price for his failure to follow team policy and hand the ball to an official after scoring the game’s first touchdown. But perhaps of more import than the obvious concerns Robinett notes in his story is the burning question that we can’t stop wondering about: what is the deal here? Is there some sort of secret competition among college players to determine who can drop the ball closest to the goal line while still going over? Sort of the opposite of The Price is Right?

The Wildcats weren’t the only area team that didn’t play 60 minutes on Saturday. Missouri and Delaware State agreed to shorten the second half to 20 minutes, which probably kept the Tigers from hanging at least 90 on the hapless FCS Hornets. Blair Kerkhoff comments on both games for The Star.

At Today’s U, Wendell Barnhouse opines on the curious situation in which the Wildcats find themselves: on the charts with a bullet, but not actually having proven anything yet as September ends.

The Dominion Post (Morgantown, WV) is the first paper to start seriously discussing this week’s game. Todd Murray reports that the Mountaineers will be trying to improve over the course of the week, because they’re getting really tired of “West Virginia hasn’t beaten K-State since 1930”.

Volleyball

The streak is over. Baylor (13-4, 1-0) swept the #23 Volleycats (12-3, 1-1) in Waco, K-State’s first loss since way back on September 2, 10 matches ago. The win gives Baylor a nine-match winning streak. It doesn’t get easier; next up is a Saturday night date at Ahearn with the fifth-ranked Longhorns.

Soccer

For the first time ever, fans at the K-State Soccer Complex got to see K-State walk off the pitch with a victory. After a scoreless first half against the visiting Coyotes of South Dakota (1-9-1), Kim Braddock bent a direct kick into the net to give the Cats (3-5-3) the lead, and then Tatum Wagner notched her team-leading third goal of the season after intercepting a bad pass right in front of the goal mouth. Friday night, the Cats host UMKC in the final game of a four-game homestand.