October 21, 2007

Gundy's Cowboys find final answer

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Kansas State and Oklahoma State issued an emphatic reply to the decision makers that deemed their contest unworthy for television. They teamed to deliver a finish made for ESPN Classic. Five lead changes. A total of 1,039 yards. A critical two-point conversion by the Wildcats. A 26-yard field goal by the Cowboys. When the final two seconds expired, K-State ran out of answers in a 41-39 loss in this epic shootout.



Most races begin with a starter's pistol. This one ended when Pistol Pete unloaded his final chamber into the air at Boone Pickens Stadium shortly before 10 p.m., and immediately after the Cowboys stopped the Wildcats' last-gasp kickoff return at the K-State 15-yard line as time expired. Gun smoke punctuated a massive celebration in the stands while the suite adjacent to the press box, the one that had been occupied by K-State officials and former Coach Bill Snyder, and seemingly shook with excitement just 70 seconds before, was deathly silent.



No matter the allegiance, the 3-hour, 36-minute roller-coaster that featured several big-time players and numerous big-time plays in front of the homecoming crowd of 41,725 was a show witnesses wouldn't soon forget.



"I anticipated this being a really terrific game," said K-State coach Ron Prince, whose team lost for the first time in 10 occassions when scoring at least 30 points. "I tried to compare (Oklahoma State) offensively to the 2002 St. Louis Rams, 'The Greatest Show on Turf.'"

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