Kansas State 35 - Tennessee 21
By Ben Brake
What a game! The temperature at opening kickoff was 29 degrees and a
snow residue still present on the field.
Kansas State was not affected by the weather at all.
Jonathan Beasley is going to leave the KSU fans with something to remember
him by. He led the Wildcats to an
impressive victory over Tennessee to finish his career as a Wildcat. Beasley went 13 of 27 passing with one
interception for 210 yards. He also ran for 98 yards on 17 carries with one touchdown. Jonathan also showed his
talent by surprising Tennessee with pouch punt on 4th down and landed inside the 5-yard line.
Running Back Josh Scobey showed the Tennessee defense that they needed
a little work. Scobey had 147 yards
rushing with 2 touchdowns.
Wide receiver Quincy Morgan raised his stock for the 2001 NFL draft
by catching 7 passes for 145 yards with 2
touchdowns. K-State had 507 yards of total offense compared to Tennesseeís 298 yards.
Kansas Stateís defense did a fantastic job putting pressure on Tennessee
Quarterback Casey Clausen. Clausen
only completed 7 passes on 25 attempts for 120 yards with 3 interceptions and 1 touchdown. What is amazing is
that Clausen averaged 62% passing coming into the game and only completed 28% against the Wildcat defense.
I feel that I need to make a correction for Tennessee Coach Phillip
Fulmer; he stated "They took us out behind
the woodshed and spanked us." Iím sorry, but that bare-bottom spanking happened on national TV and there
wasnít a woodshed anywhere nearby!
I was a little disappointed with the stadium play announcer during the
game. He had a month to prepare for the
Cotton Bowl and mispronounced almost every name he possibly could. The fans showed their appreciation when
he finally pronounced Mario Fatafehiís name correctly by giving him a loud cheer. They also started chanting
"Ell, Ell, Ell" when he announced the arrival of "Eli Roberson" into the game.
I would like to thank Jonathan Beasley and the other 24 seniors for
a wonderful season and for putting forth the
time and effort to keep the program going strong. Good luck in your careers!