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Wildcats punch ticket to Arlington with victory over Jayhawks

The Wildcats defeat Kansas College 47-27 on Nov. 26 at Invoice Snyder Household Stadium. The win sends Okay-State to the Large 12 Championship sport. (Macey Franko | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State is headed to Arlington, Texas to tackle TCU within the Large 12 Championship sport after defeating rival Kansas 47-27. This marks the Wildcats’ fourth convention title sport look and first since 2003. 

“The primary aim is the Large 12 Championship and you recognize we stated that in January, ” quarterback Will Howard stated after the sport. “To have the ability to be right here and having that in entrance of us, it means the world.”

The Wildcats didn’t essentially get off to the new begin they’ve been accustomed to this season – beginning with a three-and-out. Nonetheless, the Jayhawks gifted Okay-State the ball on a muffed punt. Large receiver Malik Knowles then opened the sport’s scoring with a 5-yard landing run.

The Jayhawk offense was capable of bounce again from the error. They marched down the sphere with little Wildcat resistance and tied the sport at 7-7. 

Okay-State responded proper again, with Howard hitting tight finish Sammy Wheeler for a giant 42-yard landing reception. The Wildcats led 14-7. 

Okay-State’s particular groups would make one other influence play, holding the Jayhawks inside their 5-yard line on the following kickoff. A pair Kansas penalties adopted, together with an offensive holding within the endzone which, by rule, compelled a security. One other jet-sweep landing for Knowles put the Wildcats up 23-7 on the first quarter’s finish.

Kansas working again Devin Neal would maintain Kansas within the sport with a landing. It concluded a drive that continued to spotlight the Wildcat protection’s battle to sort out within the first half. Each defenses struggled, however a greater particular groups for Okay-State was the story within the first half, with Okay-State main 30-21.

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“What damage us within the first half was an actual lack of communication … we bought misaligned a couple of instances … had a few busted coverages,” head coach Chris Klieman stated after the sport. “That price us, you may’t try this towards a great soccer group.” 

Within the second half, Okay-State struck first with a landing from working again Deuce Vaughn. Nonetheless, the remainder of the third quarter noticed pretty even play, with Okay-State main 37-27 with 13:39 left to play.

All that was left for Okay-State was to run the clock and battle off a Jayhawk comeback. A subject aim, landing and a dominant dashing assault within the fourth quarter would ice the sport for the Wildcats, giving them the 47-27 victory. 

The Wildcats will tackle TCU (12-0), who at present owns a spot within the School Soccer Playoff. Of their first assembly, Okay-State led 28-17, however accidents plagued the Wildcats and saved them from finishing the street upset. 

“They [TCU] confirmed that they had been a very good soccer group and had been capable of come again and win the soccer sport,” Vaughn stated. “It is a rematch for us and we will’t take it flippantly.” 

Okay-State completed the common season 9-3 (7-2 in convention) and has all however clinched a Sugar Bowl look whatever the final result in Arlington. Their opponent within the bowl sport in New Orleans would seemingly be LSU or Tennessee. 

The championship sport shall be performed on the residence of the Dallas Cowboys — AT&T Stadium — at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.

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“Extraordinarily blessed in our fourth season to get the chance to go to AT&T Stadium and signify this nice college,” Klieman stated. “I’m happy with this group… the entire credit score goes to these children within the locker room.”