Tomorrow is the day for which you’ve been impatiently waiting these long eight months. We’ll have plenty on that subject in a moment, but first... the bad news.
The K-State soccer program, having started the season 3-0 and failing utterly to allow a goal during those three games, invaded top-ten Santa Clara late last night for their first true road test of the season. The first chance of the night went to the Wildcats, as Katie Cramer broke away and fired a shot from 20 yards out which required a diving save by Santa Clara keeper Melissa Lowder. The scoreless streak extended to 288 minutes, but a penalty in the box led to a free kick for Bronco (and Mexican national teamer) Maria Sanchez, and she was able to slot the penalty past K-State keeper Emma Malsy.
As noted by K-State’s SID, the Wildcats became the final Big 12 team to allow a goal this season.
Brookelynn Entz nearly got an equalizer just before the half, and about ten minutes into the second Tatum Wagner forced Lowder into another diving save. But with 18 minutes to play, Santa Clara iced the game with a Kelsey Turnbow rebound which followed two deflections by Malsy. That score held, and Santa Clara came away with a 2-0 victory.
In some ways the game was a positive, and coach Mike Dibbini said the words coaches don’t say in public unless they mean it: “We have nothing to hang our heads about tonight.” On the other hand, just as in K-State’s own three-game winning streak against lesser opposition, the most glaring stat other than the scoreboard itself was corner kicks. The Wildcats had feasted on them at home while rarely giving any away; in Santa Clara, the Cats suffered from a 14-1 deficit.
At 2:00 CT on Sunday, the Cats will hop across I-880 for a game just 2 miles away from last night’s as they face San Jose State. The Spartans escaped Cal Poly-SLO with a 1-1 double overtime draw last night.
(San Jose State’s football team, by the way, suffered the first FCS-over-FBS defeat of the season as they fell to Cal-Davis last night.)
We’re still holding out on you for a minute, because we have former Wildcat news to get to first.
The Chiefs beat the Packers 33-21 last night in their final preseason game, but we have bad news: after snagging four passes for 122 yards, Byron Pringle was forced to leave the game with a hamstring injury. That’s terrible timing for a guy trying to cling to a spot on the final roster, reports the Star’s Lynn Worthy.
At the Eagle, Kellis Robinett reports on the shenanigans K-State is getting up to in order to get that sellout streak going again in the face of a nationwide decline in ticket sales. The streak ended, ironically, with a game which may have been more exciting than any which actually took place during the streak: last year’s win over Iowa State Cyclones. Among the new types of bait being dangled: the new beer garden, Chick-Fil-A at the concession stands, and digital ticketing.
The Capital-Journal’s Rick Peterson reports that Will Geary’s pro career is still alive, sort of. Geary has signed a contract with Salt Lake City of the new Alliance of American Football, a spring league which has a real honest-to-gosh television contract with CBS. His coach will be former Seattle Seahawks head coach and two-time national champion at Miami (FL), Dennis Erickson.
Finally, Mack McClure at the Mercury reports on Terence Newman as he begins his sixteenth and final season in the NFL as the league’s oldest defender.
As for current Wildcat news, with one exception all of today’s comes from... us!
Yesterday saw TB drop in for his annual preview of the Wildcat offensive line, followed by 00 doing her best to preview the special teams without just posting a shrug emoji. BracketCat hit #2 on his countdown with his profile of wide receiver Isaiah Harris, and last night Luke Thompson and JT visited with Matt Hall of K-State Online on this week’s Bring on the PodCats to discuss the start of the season. Matt says Skylar Thompson will answer the opening bell. Let’s see if he’s right.
And this morning, it officially became football season as TB checked in with the year’s first edition of Kicking the Tires.
Later this afternoon, be sure to hit up your fearless leader’s preview of the receiving corps and JT’s look at the running backs.
The final bit of football business is today’s Sports Extra, in which Corbin McGuire visits with safety Kendall Adams about his return from injury and facing the same team tomorrow against whom he took the field for the first time ever as a Wildcat.
K-State takes the court at 3:30 this afternoon in Saint Louis at the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic, hosted by the Billikens at the Chaifetz Arena. The Cats will face Marquette, then play a doubleheader tomorrow against Saint Louis at noon and Western Kentucky at 5pm. The only game being streamed on video will be the Saint Louis game, available on ESPN+; audio of all three games will be available at kstatesports.com.
Our friends over at Anonymous Eagle have lots of free time in the fall since they’re undefeated since 1960 in football, so they’ve got a preview of today’s match courtesy of Broadway Brown.