Best Moments of Game 3

24 Sep

Overall, Kansas State’s win over Miami put the Wildcats in a great spot going into the Big 12 portion of the season. In such a good game, there were some even better moments. Here are the ones I found particularly compelling.

  • Goal-line stand to end the game – With Miami in the red zone and just minutes to play in the game, the Wildcats got the Hurricanes into a third down situation. A pass interference penalty on Kansas State, however, gave Miami new life in the form of first down just yards from the end zone. Despite the lack of distance, the Wildcats kept the Hurricanes from breaching the goal line. The team’s fourth-down try was actually ruled a touchdown before video replay showed that the player’s knee was down before he crossed the white line. That whole sequence demonstrated such impressive mental and physical fortitude on the part of the K-State defense. It was exhilarating to watch. (And if you watched the video, that was published on YouTube by ESPN.)
  • Tyler Lockett’s first touchdown – The wide receiver (and son of the Wildcats’ all-time leading receiver Kevin Lockett) had a rough outing last week, but on Saturday he came up big for the Wildcats, putting himself on the receiving end of a 20-yard zinger from quarterback Collin Klein for the team’s first passing touchdown of the game.
  • 4-of-4 in the red zone – Kansas State finished well. When they got within striking distance, the Wildcats struck. The efficiency with which the team trampled over the Miami defense and converted on those drives seems to be a very positive sign for the team.
  • Delay of game due to weather – Since I was unable to see the game live in Miami, I really enjoyed the irony that the “Sunshine State” was rainy and dreary while Kansas had beautiful, clear, perfect weather.
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