September 30, 2007

Oh, so special

AUSTIN, Texas -- Kansas State's defense ruled, special teams fueled and Jordy Nelson schooled as the Wildcats rolled to an impressive 41-21 victory over the seventh-ranked Texas Longhorns on Saturday at Royal-Memorial Stadium in the team's Big 12 Conference opener.

K-State's defense generated four Texas interceptions, K-State returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdown and Nelson put on a pass-catching show (12 for 126) in addition to taking a punt return 89 yards for a touchdown in a breakthrough performance for Coach Ron Prince's Wildcats.

The Wildcats started the game with an impressive 80-yard drive that featured quarterback Josh Freeman completing all six of his pass attempts as the Wildcats set a tone for the day by cruising down the field.

"We made it a point of emphasis to come out in a rhythm and try to sustain it the entire game," Freeman said. "We knew if we could got through this game without turnovers and limit our penalties, we could win this game. We did what we could do, but our special teams came through today and our defense did a great job."

K-State entered the game as two touchdown underdogs, but the Wildcats were confident and their self believe was not misplaced as the Cats beat a Top 10 Texas team for the second season in a row and move to 4-1 on the season.

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