In one of the most stunning upsets in national conference championship history, Kansas State upended Oklahoma, consensus No. 1 in the polls for 16 consecutive weeks, 35-7. Ironically, it was the fourth consecutive win for the North Division champ in an odd-numbered year - Nebraska in 1997 and í99, Colorado in 2001 and KSU in 2003.
Head coach Bill Snyderís squad played fundamental football in the Wildcatsí third trip to the title game, amassing 519 yards of total offense and clutch defense in the red zone to produce victory.
It began with a 42-yard Kejuan Jonesí run and Trey DiCarlo PAT kick just 2:49 into the game to give Oklahoma a 7-0 advantage.
Snyderís Wildcats then began a 35-0 run almost 15 minutes later in game time as tight end Brian Casey caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ell Roberson. The speed of the drive - four plays for 73 yards and 58 seconds to score after taking over at the 27-yard line - sent a ripple through both teams and the crowd.
It started a skein of three touchdown drives on the Wildcatsí next four possessions and the 28-point victory was about to come to fruition. After the initial score, OUís offense was three-and-out with a missed field goal over the next five possessions.
Roberson and All-America running back Darren Sproles turned the tide with a 21-point second quarter. Roberson had 30.3 yards per connection and threw three TD passes in the opening half while Sproles rumbled to an eventual championship record of 235 rushing yards.
Two of the nationís testiest defenses entering the game allowed almost 1,000 yards (917 total), but the Wildcats limited the nationís No. 1 scoring team (48.3 points per game) to a touchdown and added a defensive score to ice the game with 10:16 left to play. Sophomore linebacker Ted Sims had perfect placement for a 27-yard interception return for the fifth K-State touchdown of the night.
|Kansas State Wildcats||0||21||7||7||-||35|
|OU (0-7) -||Kejuan Jones 42-yard run (Trey DiCarlo kick); 12:11|
|KSU (7-7) -||Brian Casey 19-yard pass from Ell Roberson|
|(Joe Rheem kick); 13:57|
|KSU (14-7) -||James Terry 63-yard pass from Roberson|
|(Rheem kick); 11:34|
|KSU (21-7) -||Darren Sproles 60-yard pass from Roberson|
|(Rheem kick); 3:18|
|KSU (28-7) -||Antoine Polite 10-yard pass from Roberson|
|(Rheem kick); 3:02|
|KSU (35-7) -||Ted Sims 27-yard interception return|
|(Rheem kick); 10:16|