What’s in a Win

3 Jan

They can call this one the Redemption Bowl.

10 weeks into the season, it looked as though “Kansas State vs. Oregon” would be the subtext on the advertising logo for the national championship game.

On Nov. 17, everything changed.

The Wildcats’ title hopes ended abruptly and unceremoniously as unranked Baylor walloped them 52-24 in one of the most stunning upsets of the college football season. No. 13 Stanford sealed the fate of the Ducks with a 17-14 win in overtime.

To say the Fiesta Bowl is a consolation prize is not too far from the truth. However, it also presents an opportunity for both Oregon and Kansas State.

The Wildcats can win their 12th game of the season. It would be the most ever in program history. Kansas State won 11 games in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003. With 11 victories already this season, the Wildcats have a chance to make a lasting impression in their school record books even though they fell short of making the national championship game.

“Sure would like to have this last one,” co-offensive coordinator Del Miller said. “There’s nobody in Kansas State that has had the 12th.  Whichever way that goes, I mean, that legacy is tremendous.”

If these Wildcats get this win, they can safely stake a claim to being part of one of the best Kansas State teams ever. Maybe the best. 

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