November 7, 2006

Running game, Freeman shined for Cats

BOULDER, Colo. - Kansas State coach Ron Prince has always said that he would like his team to be playing its best football at it hits November, and judging from the Wildcats' 34-21 win at Colorado, that may be happening.

"We didn't play a perfect game, but I was really pleased with a couple of things that took place," Prince said. "We were able to go out early and get a lead, but the third quarter did not go our way."

K-State led 17-0 at halftime, but was clinging to a 20-14 lead early in the fourth quarter. Then, in the face of a blitz, quarterback Josh Freeman hit Jordy Nelson on a short pass that the junior receiver converted into a 74-yard touchdown. K-State's next possession saw senior receiver Yamon Figurs carry a reverse 30 yards into the end zone.

"That's a very proud team that came back on us," Prince added. "They're used to winning. The fact that our team was in a similar position and we made a play and then another play; it was an answer to their best response."

The win pushed K-State to 6-4 on the season and 3-3 in the Big 12, good for third in the North standings, while CU dropped to 1-9 and 1-5.

"It was a good road win. That was our main focus. We went into a place we hadn't won at in a while and did something that we hadn't done to that point in the year," Prince said. "I found growth in all of the aspects of our performance."

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