OTC: K-State Chokes Away BCS Title Shot, Heisman and COTY All In A Wild Night In Waco

“You choked it away. You should have beat Baylor. I don’t care what happened – you should have beat Baylor, regardless. They choked it away. I’ve done three Baylor games this year. I’ve seen that team. And there’s no way if you’re the number-one team in the country that you don’t show up ready to play. Baylor put up most of their numbers against bad football teams.”
Jayice Pearson, on Kansas State’s 52-24 loss at Baylor, 610 AM
GH: Pearson took a tough-love approach to Kansas States shocking upset loss in Baylor. Kevin Kietzman offered a different approach. Read on.

“[Kansas State] looked tired. I would say [Baylor] is the best four-win team in the country.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Baylor was 1-5 in the Big 12 and ranked dead last in the NCAA in total defense. Dead freaking last. At 5-5 overall, they still need to beat Texas Tech or OSU to become bowl eligible. This was not the best four-win team in the country. This was one of K-State’s easiest games in a season where the Cats had built a sparkling resume of impressive wins. This was a disaster. Read on.

“No reason for this. Worst defensive team in football and you can’t get a yard, you don’t deserve a championship.”
Curtis Kitchen, @curtiskitchen, Twitter

“A defense that couldn’t stop anybody… they’re about to carry their coordinator off the field.”
Brad Nessler, ESPN play-by-play voice, after Baylor’s goal line stand against K-State, ESPN

“I think [Johnny Manziel] is going to win the Heisman. It’s over. Who else is going to win it? Who do they play – Missouri next week? Johnny Manziel’s going to win the Heisman trophy.”
Chris Childers, Sirius XM 91
GH: How cruel a twist is this? Mizzou’s miserable football season can culminate by ripping the Heisman from Collin Klein and gift wrapping it for Johnny Football.

“Collin has not played the same. He was a little dinged up.”
Nick Leckey, 810 AM

“He hasn’t looked the same since the injury at Oklahoma State.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: Kansas State sent out their Klein-for-Heisman promotional mailer last week to the media and it cleverly included a Band-Aid – a Band-Aid that will serve as a reminder that Klein just doesn’t look healthy.

“That’s a monumental loss to that program. Two major awards just went bye-bye.”
Jay Binkley, on K-State losing to Baylor possibly costing them the COTY and the Heisman, 610 AM

“Hahha SIC ‘EM BEARS!!!!”
Johnny Manziel, @JManziel2, Texas A&M’s Heisman candidate, Twitter

“Really? I know you’re a frosh and all, but son, this is a DICK TWEET.
Jeff Rosen, @jeff_rosen88, KC Star sports editor, responding to Manziel’s tweet above, Twitter
GH: I am pretty sure Manziel did not use his dick to type that tweet – but I get what Rosen’s laying down. But kids will be kids. Some choke, some send out smart-ass tweets.

“I think that [Coach of the Year award for Bill Snyder] is gone.”
Jayice Pearson, 610 AM
GH: Pearson named A&M’s Kevin Sumlin as the new leader of COTY honors. He is probably correct.

“Let’s not lose perspective of what the K-State Wildcats have achieved.”
Josh Vernier, 610 AM
GH: This is true – but how many times have K-State, Kansas or Missouri ever played their final football game of the season with a chance to be crowned the national champion? None. This opportunity might not reappear for our local schools for another 125 years. Kansas State had a real shot – a tremendous shot – at meeting and beating Notre Dame for the title. Gone. That kind of a loss isn’t easy to replace with a nice bowl trip.

“I think K-State fans will get over this one rather easily.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: This from the guy who likes to tell us he’s knows what we’re thinking. While many MU, KU, ISU and NU fans quietly rooted for Bill Snyder, Collin Klein and K-State – it was KK’s crowing and attempts to build the Texas/K-State game into the greatest sporting event to ever occur in the state of Kansas that turned non-KSU fans off. His attempts to downplay the Baylor upset are just as unattractive.

“I’ve been sitting here for ten weeks saying what happens when K-State gets behind and Collin Klein has to throw the ball. I have never liked Collin Klein as a passer. I had a sneaking suspicion all year that when K-State got behind that would happen.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: What is KK talking about? Kansas State was one of the best comeback teams in the country last season. Snyder and Klein conducted miracle come-from-behind victories almost every Saturday last year. It was what built their reputation as a never-say-die team. I know I wasn’t alone at halftime in thinking K-State would own the third quarter and eventually score 50 on Baylor on their way to another easy win.

“To lose when you’re number one and two weeks away [from the BCS title game]… You’re going to live with that forever. You will live with that forever.”
Jayice Pearson, 610 AM
GH: Pearson referenced his senior year at Washington when his Huskies lost to USC and their chance to play for the national championship. BYU was voted the title that year and Pearson has never forgotten how it felt.

“To me, both Oregon and Kansas State looked like they were just tired of playing football. They were tired of carrying that [undefeated] zero around. … I thought [Baylor’s] defense came out of nowhere. That was the worst defense in the country!”
Dennis Dodd, 810 AM
GH: Tired? How can young men who are playing for everything play tired? They didn’t look tired to me. They looked slow, out of sync and lost. It may have been just for this game – but it didn’t look like this was a fluke win. Baylor even gave KSU a free touchdown with an interception on the goal line. Baylor didn’t play error free – they just played better. A lot better.

“It was simply the nature of this loss and how dominant Baylor was in running the football. That’s what shocked me.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: Watching Baylor dominate Kansas State reminded me of another top-ranked and undefeated team that was humbled on their way to an expected national championship. Nebraska was that team in 2001 when they went to Colorado in late November and were eviscerated 62-36. I didn’t think Nebraska looked tired. I thought they looked dominated – not unlike what we saw in Waco on Saturday night.

“It’s different when you get beat by a highly-rated team. Baylor was the worst team in the country defensively. And you get blasted? You lose everything – because everything was right there for you.”
Jayice Pearson, 610 AM

“I get to go on the radio today and talk about four, FOUR football losses. And in each of the losses they were total devastation.”
Kevin Kietzman, on the losses by the Chiefs, Cats, Hawks and Tigers, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman was willing to rate K-State’s as devastating as long as he linked KU, MU and the Chiefs along with his Cats. Yes, all four losses were devastating – but only K-State was playing for anything more than mediocrity. K-State was playing for a national championship.

“I have a tough time saying 18- to 21-year-olds choked – just because they are 18- to 21-year-olds. … It has been and will continue to be a great season for Kansas State. All they did is just return to being K-State – and that’s what they are, right?”
Josh Vernier, 610 AM
GH: Is there an age minimum on choking? If so, athletes playing DI BCS football are not on that list. Kansas State deserved all the praise and adulation we sent their way this season. They also deserve to hear the truth after this loss. This was Baylor. That is called choking.

“This is Jean Van de Velde at the British Open choking it away at the end.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM
GH: Kansas State’s collapse against a 1-5 Baylor team was catastrophic to their BCS title hopes – but was it as big a choke job as Van de Velde executed at the 1999 British Open? You be the judge – click here to relive that 72nd hole at Carnoustie.

“I don’t think Notre Dame makes it through this [Big 12] league undefeated.”
Kevin Kietzman, on K-State’s 51-24 loss to Baylor, 810 AM
GH: This is the same argument that the SEC schools were using against K-State and Oregon when they were ranked ahead of Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Notre Dame has the most difficult schedule of any of the top-ranked teams. I am guessing ND would have beaten Baylor in Waco last Saturday night. Lose with grace, Kietz.

“Two more games and Kansas State will play in the national championship game!”
Wyatt Thompson, in what sounded like a live-read commercial before the K-State/Baylor game, Wildcat Radio
GH: Sirr Parker probably heard this and smiled.

“Where are all the people that, for years, said Baylor ‘didn’t belong’ in the Big 12 & would ‘never be able to compete’ in the Big 12?”
Jason King, @JasonKingESPN, Baylor alum, Twitter
GH: Well, for years, Baylor had no business in the Big 12 – or the MAC for that matter. Instead of slashing that bear claw, what Baylor should be doing is thanking the other Big 12 teams for carrying their sorry ass for the first dozen years of this conference.

“They wanted us gone! Roll Damn Tide is back! Notre Dame – I hope you’re undefeated because we want some of that Irish ass!”
Caller Johnny, following the upsets of K-State and Oregon on Saturday night, Sirius XM, 91
GH: Kansas State had a chance to shut these Roll Damn Tide idiots up for the entire year. They are now more juiced than ever.

“You want the real reason [Alabama jumped Oregon in the polls]? It’s the SEC. It’s because it’s the SEC and that’s the way it works.”
Chris Childers, host, responding to a caller who asked why Oregon’s loss to Stanford is viewed worse than Alabama’s loss to A&M, Sirius XM 91
GH: Perfectly logical, right? What a joke it is how we determine our college football national champion.

“What a night of college football. There’s nothing wrong with the BCS system.”
Jason Whitlock, @WhitlockJason, Twitter
GH: Nothing that a colonic wouldn’t cure.

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32 Responses to OTC: K-State Chokes Away BCS Title Shot, Heisman and COTY All In A Wild Night In Waco

  1. kc says:

    Reading the comments of grown men (I assume), I have to laugh. The amount of envy and inferiority in these comments is really sad. K-State would demolish mu, already dismantled ku. K-State is football KING in KC. Get over it. Maybe mu can take some credit for their league being in the top 10 because the tigers suck! When K-State is winning their BCS bowl, you mu and ku “fans” can watch and weep!