September 15, 2007

Nelson's big day leads Cats to victory

The story of the Kansas State Wildcats' 61-10 victory over the Missouri State Bears on Saturday night could be effectively summarized by a simple look at the first quarter. Jordy Nelson made plays, the Wildcat defense stymied the Bear offense and K-State took a comfortable lead on a chilly night at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Nelson set two new K-State single game records, with 15 receptions and 209 receiving yards. He also had 291 all-purpose yards.

"We thought we had a match up in our favor with Jordy tonight," coach Ron Prince said. "Jordy made the most of every opportunity we gave him."

With his records, Nelson knocked well-known K-State names Michael Smith and Darnell McDonald out of the record book.

"I've been around K-State quite a bit," the Riley native said. "I know who these guys are. I watched them play and everything. They were great players, and it's kind of awkward to be named with them."

Running back James Johnson was also impressed with Nelson's effort. "He's one of the best receivers I've seen," Johnson said. "He's a great receiver."

The first quarter saw the Wildcats accumulate 158 total yards, including 118 in the air. Quarterback Josh Freeman was on the mark early, connecting on 10 of 12 attempts in the first quarter. Despite Freeman's accuracy, the Wildcats grabbed an early lead thanks to a touchdown toss by wide receiver Nelson to Deon Murphy.

"I was glad," Nelson said of his reaction to seeing Murphy waiting, wide-open, for his pass in the end zone. "It made [the throw] a lot easier. It's something we've been working on for awhile.

It may be deemed a "trick play," but Nelson's touchdown strike, his second of the season, came on a play that is beginning to seem routine for the Wildcats. Nelson found Murphy for a 24-yard score to put the Wildcats up 7-0 just over three minutes into the contest.

"Josh and I are in a battle now for the season lead (in touchdown passes)," Nelson said, cracking a smile after the game.

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