“I would have felt terrible losing to this team. It would have been like a tragedy. I don’t want to use that word, but that’s kind of what it would have been had we lost.”
Chris Harper, K-State wide receiver, after K-State pulled out a last-minute 10-7 win at home over Eastern Kentucky, Wichita Eagle
GH: This was a “Big Gulp” game for K-State and their loyal fan base. Dropping their opener to the Colonels would have been akin to Turner Gill and his Jayhawks loss to North Dakota State last August. With under two minutes to play that embarrassment was avoided. But many, many questions remain for a Wildcat team that many thought would win 7-9 games this season. Read on.
“The Colonels haven’t beaten an FBS school since knocking off Louisville in 1985.”
AP, ESPN.com“Eastern Kentucky, of the Football Conference Subdivision, was not supposed to be able to compete with K-State. Instead, the Colonels put a real scare into the Wildcats for four full quarters. All while playing without their usual starting quarterback.”
Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle
GH: While Stan Weber previewed this game last week on 810, he mentioned that the loss of EK’s starting quarterback and a key receiver would make the game even more mismatched than expected. That did not prove to be the case.
“It didn’t take long for the high expectations of a new (K-State) season to turn to bewilderment about how a team that was so dynamic offensively last season could be so inept.”
Bob Lutz, columnist, on the Wildcats come-from-behind 10-7 win over Eastern Kentucky, Wichita Eagle
GH: This is year three of the return of Bill Snyder. He is not expected to challenge for the Big 12 title but he is expected to crush lower division teams that show up in Manhattan without their quarterback. CBS is under the gun. 50,000 Kansas State fans want to know why the magic is taking so long this time.
“We probably eliminated some things in our package that probably we shouldn’t have.”
Bill Snyder, on his watered-down game plan for K-State’s opener against Eastern Kentucky, GoPowerCat.com
GH: Snyder needs to go back to coaching his Cats like he did in the early 90s – when every win was cherished. He didn’t hold back in game preparation back then and there is no reason to try and fool future opponents now. Winning each week is the only thing that should matter. Saving anything for later assumes there will be a later.
“I gave up a quarter into the game. It was difficult to watch with all the buffer
problems and the screen freezing. It was like watching a really long YouTube
video. I ended up switching to the radio.”
Soren Petro, on watching the Eastern Kentucky/K-State game on the Wildcats new online TV network, 810 AM
GH: K-State’s online answer to the Longhorn Network appears to have more thorns than horns.
“Overall, the (KU) defense looked much faster and a little like the KU offense in that the KU D is full of playmakers. Opurum and juco transfer Tunde Bakare were active all night. The coaches also dialed up a lot more blitzes than we saw at any point last year.”
Matt Tait, columnist, on KU’s 42-24 win over McNeese State, Lawrence Journal-World
GH: Tait’s take on the Kansas defense was in direct conflict with Nate Bukaty, the Jayhawks’ sideline reporter. Bukaty was troubled by the Hawks inability to make stops against McNeese State. We will get a better idea this Saturday night when KU takes on a consistently efficient Northern Illinois team at memorial Stadium.
“If Turner Gill wants to play the disrespect card, it’s certainly there.”
Kurtis Seaboldt, on the Jayhawks being 5.5 point underdogs to Northern Illinois, 810 AM
GH: A Big 12 team being listed as a dog in their own stadium to a MAC school is disrespectful – but accurate in this case. Gill’s team has not earned any respect. They have a chance to do so Saturday night.
“He’s the best player in the country right now. There’s no question.”
Denis Dodd, on Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, who lit up TV screens and Twitter with his QB performance against TCU, 810 AM
GH: Get the erasers out and uncheck all those Baylor losses you had penciled in before the season started. The Bears look to be as exciting as Waco is boring.
“If OU bolts Big 12 for Pac-12 (most likely with Okla St), we are staring at Armageddon in realignment, sources say.”
Chip Brown, of OrangeBloods.com, Twitter
“NY Post suggests Kansas, Kansas St and Mizzou to Big East if Big 12 falls apart. Makes sense. Baylor and Iowa St left out in the cold.”
Dan Wolken, columnist for The Daily,Twitter
“They may step back from the brink. It happened last time. I think the big one is
coming this time.”
Dennis Dodd, on the possible demise of the Big 12, 810 AM
GH: The college realignment rollercoaster is once again turning our stomachs upside down and inside out. Some of the proposed realignment scenarios appear to me to need a lesson in geography. Texas to the ACC? A two time zone jump to the west coast for Mizzou and KU? Kansas City will go from flyover country to flies-only country.
“Where can you pay $30 for your seat, go 2 the bathroom & come back to find some1 being given your seat by an usher, @SportingKC that’s where.”
Ethan (also @CravenMorhead), Twitter
GH: So Ethan post this comment on Twitter following his attendance at Sporting’s Saturday night match. What caught my eye is that Sporting saw it and responded. Read on.
“Ethan, if you’d like to speak w/ someone about this issue, feel free to email . Ask for Jake.”
GH: How cool is that? A real live professional organization reaches out to let a fan know they want to help. I hope Sporting remains this connected with their fans even/if/when they outgrow us.
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