K-State erased any doubt that it would be going to a bowl game by shocking No. 4 Texas 45-42 Saturday night at Snyder Family Stadium.
After giving up an early touchdown, K-State took less than 2 minutes to respond. Josh Freeman connected with Yamon Figurs on a 36-yard play action pass for a touchdown to tie the game, 7-7.
True freshman quarterback Jevan Snead took over for Colt McCoy on Texas’ second offensive series. Trainers took McCoy to the locker room late in the first quarter because of a shoulder injury he suffered while scoring the Longhorns first touchdown on a quarterback sneak.
Coach Ron Prince continued his “bold and daring” tactics by faking a punt early in the second quarter. The plan backfired when punter Tim Reyer fumbled and the ball was recovered by Texas at the K-State five-yard line.
The Longhorns scored a touchdown three plays later on a one-yard carry from Jamaal Charles to put Texas up 14-7.
The Wildcats answered with an eight-play 86-yard drive to even up the score, 14-14. The score was on a 32-yard screen pass from Freeman to James Johnson.
K-State pulled ahead, 21-14, with about 6 minutes left in the first half when Leon Patton ran eight yards on a draw play for a score. The touchdown was set up by a 52-yard punt return by Figurs.
Selvin Young opened up the second half with a five-yard touchdown run to even up the score, 21-21. The touchdown was set up when Michael Griffin blocked a punt for the Longhorns and Tyrell Gatewood recovered it at the K-State five-yard line.
K-State pulled ahead, 28-21, midway through the third quarter with a pair of trick pass plays. First Freeman threw back to Jordy Nelson who passed 28 yards downfield to Rashaad Norwood on the first trick play. The Wildcats then scored on a 18-yard halfback pass from Patton to Cedric Wilson.
K-State increased its lead to 35-21 on a 30-yard play action pass from Freeman to Figurs. The play was set up when Andrew Erker forced a fumble and Ian Campbell recovered at the 30-yard line.
Late in the third quarter, John McCardle blocked a punt and Daniel Gonzalez recovered at the 23-yard line. Three plays later, K-State went up 42-21 after Freeman carried the ball one-yard for a touchdown.
The Texas offense finally woke up when Charles ran 18 yards for a touchdown with less than 4 minutes left in the third quarter. The score cut the Wildcats’ lead to 14 points.
After Freeman’s touchdown, he ran off the field to the Wildcat locker room. Dylan Meier took over at quarterback for a series before Freeman returned at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Snead cut the lead to 42-35 with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Limas Sweed.
Jeff Snodgrass put the game out of reach with a 51-yard field goal, putting the Wildcats up by 10 with about 3 minutes left in the game.
The win gave K-State its seventh win and all but guarantees that it will be participating in post-season play.