Live Blog: K-State 17, KU 10

FINAL
It’s a done deal. The fans are still in their seats SCREAMING the K-S-UUUUU Wildcats cheer.

Good win for the Wildcats. They run out the clock and win 17-10 to stay on top of the Big 12 North standings.

3:07 4th Quarter
Kansas is beginning to call timeouts in an attempt to save clock.

K-State can end the game with a series of good runs here.

5:20 4th Quarter
Kansas just made its first field goal of the game and has pulled to within 17-10.

The drive ate up all kinds of clock and ended with a 46-yard field goal.

Kansas State will get the ball back after the ensuing kickoff. A touchdown return from Brandon Banks would be perfect for the Wildcats right now. But a handful of first down runs by Daniel Thomas would do the trick too.

End 3rd Quarter
Kansas just finished off a nice drive with a missed field goal, and as it has all day the Kansas State defense survives.

From here on out the game should be simple for the Wildcats: repeatedly hand the ball off to Daniel Thomas, who has 160 yards rushing, and they will win.

10:27 3rd Quarter
Daniel Thomas just ran in a five-yard touchdown to put K-State up 17-7.

The junior running back had a monster drive to get the score. He carried the load every time he was on the field and now has 118 yards in the game.

He also cracked the 1,000-yard mark on the season.

HALF

MANHATTAN — Grant Gregory hit Lamark Brown for a 31-yard touchdown pass with 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter and the Kansas State football team leads Kansas 10-7 at Snyder Family Stadium.

The Wildcats have benefited greatly from three Jayhawks turnovers, all coming from quarterback Todd Reesing.

He was intercepted by Emmanuel Lamur in the first quarter and twice fumbled in the opening 30 minutes.

Those mistakes put K-State in good position to score, and it took advantage often enough to take a three-point lead into the locker room.

The Wildcats went on top first with 11:12 to go in the second quarter with a 47-yard field goal by Josh Cherry, but the Jayhawks came back to take a 7-3 lead less than three minutes later.

K-State went back ahead just before halftime.

So far Daniel Thomas leads the Wildcats with 55 yards rushing on nine attempts. Gregory is 6 of 13 for 65 yards and a touchdown. He has connected with Brown three times for 43 yards and a score.

Briscoe leads the Jayhawks with 60 yards on five catches and Kerry Meier has four catches for 40 yards.

Reesing has 123 yards through the air and 28 on the ground.

K-State will receive the ball first in the second half.

20 sec. 2nd Quarter
Kansas State seems to have this KU team figured out. Don’t pressure Todd Reesing, wait for him to make a mistake and then score after that mistake.

That’s what happened at the end of the half here in Manhattan. Reesing committed his third turnover of the game and with 20 seconds left Grant Gregory connected with Lamark Brown for a 31-yard touchdown pass.

K-State will go into the half leading 10-7.

2:02 2nd Quarter
K-State moved the ball to the KU 11 and decided to pull Daniel Thomas from the game. Not sure what that decision was about, but it led to a missed field goal by Josh Cherry.

4:27 2nd Quarter
Where the K-State offense fails, the K-State defense comes through.

Two mistakes forced the Wildcats to punt on their last possession, but they got the ball back right away. On the Jayhawks’ first play, Jeffrey Fitzgerald forced Todd Reesing to fumble at the end of a decent run and K-State jumped on the ball.

Grant Gregory then ran for a 13-yard gain and K-State has a 1st and 10 at the KU 11.

5:13 2nd Quarter
Kansas State should be back ahead right now, but Brandon Banks dropped a sure-fire touchdown pass and then an unnecessary roughness penalty wiped out one of his long runs.

Instead, the Wildcats punted and KU has the ball on its own 7.

8:18 2nd Quarter
Perhaps Kansas finally figured things out. The Jayhawks came out on that drive, concentrated on throwing short passes and methodically moved the ball down field for a touchdown.

Todd Reesing connected with Dezmon Briscoe for a 17-yard touchdown score to put Kansas ahead 7-3.

That was an important score for the Jayhawks. To drive into K-State territory and again leave with nothing would have been horribly deflating.

11:12 2nd Quarter
You could easily make a case for Josh Cherry as K-State’s most improved player this season.

At the beginning of the year, he couldn’t make anything. Now he’s a consistent threat for the Wildcats. He just kicked a 47-yard field goal to put K-State ahead 3-0 here in Manhattan.

Field goals will mean a lot in this one. The game is ugly so far, and three points could end up being the difference.

End 1st Quarter
You could call this a defensive slugfest so far.

You could also call it an offensive struggle.

After 15 minutes of action, we have no score despite Kansas twice driving deep into K-State territory. The Wildcats’ defense is holding tough and their offense is doing all right.

They have had one shot at scoring but Gregory couldn’t hook up with Lamark Brown in the end zone on a fourth down try.

3:43 1st Quarter
Todd Reesing just threw a very ill-advised pass to the end zone and K-State safety Emmanuel Lamur took advantage.

He grabbed an interception and returned the ball to midfield. A KU penalty at the end of the play now has K-State in KU territory.

8:06 1st Quarter
So far we have a missed field goal and a punt from these teams. KU opened the game promisingly, moving the ball into the red zone, but came away with nothing.

K-State looked good on its first series too, with Daniel Thomas carrying defenders forward for a 20-yard gain, but ended up punting.

KU has changed up its O-Line today. KSU already has a sack against it.

Kickoff
Kansas State has won the toss and has deferred.

Kansas will receive the opening kickoff, and Todd Reesing will get his chance at redemption right off the bat.

Lots of energy here at Snyder Family Stadium. Should be an emotional first drive for both sides.

5 minutes till kickoff
The fans who are here are pumped, but it looks like at least 1,000 seats will be empty at kickoff. Still a good overall crowd.

Some extra motivation for K-State: the steps at its football complex were vandalized with red and blue paint.

Willie appears to have taken that prank personally. He tackled a mock Jayhawk at midfield with so much force that he lost his Cat head.

20 minutes till kickoff
What a beautiful day for football here in Manhattan. Not a cloud in the sky, and it’s actually warm.

The student section is packed already, and they are making lots of noise down there. You can tell it’s a big game by the pregame fan presence.

Other pregame observations:

–Junior cornerback Joshua Moore is in uniform and warming up. It appears he will play.

– Representatives from the Insight, Holiday and Independence Bowls are in attendance.

– Kansas is white pants after last week’s experiment with the blue trousers.