Freeman injured; Wildcats to play for pride Saturday


Freeman injured?
K-State quarterback Josh Freeman apparently left Saturday’s game against Nebraska midway through the third quarter because of an injury. Freeman finished the game 7-18 for 114 yards and was sacked a season-high four times.
“We are going to take a look at him here in the next day or two,” coach Ron Prince said. “He probably will not practice or be limited on Tuesday. I anticipate him practicing on Wednesday, with some limitations perhaps, but I expect him to play in the game.”

Home for Christmas
K-State will be home for Christmas once again. With Saturday’s loss, the Wildcats were eliminated from bowl eligibility. It is the fourth time in five seasons the Wildcats have not qualified for a bowl because of failing to win at least six games. Their only bowl appearance since the Fiesta Bowl in 2003 was the 37-10 loss to Rutgers in the Texas Bowl in  Prince’s first season at K-State in 2006.
If the Wildcats had won six games, they would likely have traveled to Shreveport, La., for the Independence Bowl.

Message to the team
Prince said he would talk to his players who are concerned about their future at K-State at the end of the season.
He said it ultimately is a business decision.
“I’ll try to explain to them that the reality is that I recruited you to come to Kansas State and all of the benefits of this program,” Prince said. “Where it’s going academically, get your degree from here, and all of those types of things — that is what’s important.
“These are emotional decisions that you need to step away from and see who [administrators] hire and give the guy a chance to fit into his system and understand his philosophies. No one wants to see Kansas State [be] successful more than I do.”

Pride on the line
The loser of Saturday’s game will finish in last place in the Big 12 Conference. Every team in the Big 12 South has at least two wins in conference play. Iowa State (2-9, 0-7) and K-State (4-7, 1-6) will battle for pride in a 2:35 p.m. kickoff. Twenty-three seniors will be honored prior to kickoff as they play one last time in Snyder Family Stadium.

— Compiled by Cole Manbeck