November 4, 2007

Wildcats face time to regroup

AMES, Iowa -- The question was simple. Where does Kansas State, which for all intents and purposes eliminated itself from contention for the Big 12 North and endured one of its most damaging losses in recent history in falling 31-20 to Iowa State, go from here? Well, it goes to Lincoln. The Wildcats stirred with emotion, but understood more than ever the urgency looming ahead as they look to bounce back.

"It's the biggest game. It's the next game," wide receiver Jordy Nelson said. "The situation we're in we need to continue to get better during the week and get ready to play on Saturdays. Nebraska is the next one. We'll get ready to play."

Not too long ago, Nebraska-Kansas State was everything in the North. Not this time. It could be a big win for the Wildcats for two reason, though: 1) They want to go to a bowl, and 2) last season, the Wildcats won one Big 12 road game. They have the chance to win two this season. That is, if they can take care of the lowly Huskers, who have dropped five straight and continue to suffer through one of their worst seasons on record.

It was unknown immediately after the Wildcats' loss whether K-State coach Ron Prince knew No. 8 Kansas beat Nebraska 76-39 as the Huskers gave up their most points in history. But a visibly frustrated Prince, whose Wildcats might not win all the games but certainly hadn't suffered such a damaging loss to their resume in two seasons, was adamant about his resolve. He believes his assistant coaches and players will follow suit as well.

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