MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Touchdown, Colt McCoy. Texas, 7-0. Let
the rout of Kansas State begin.
Not so fast. The Longhorns' star quarterback injured his right
shoulder on the play and was done for the night.
And now so are Texas' chances of repeating as national
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Josh Freeman threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score to
lead the Wildcats to a 45-42 victory over No. 4 Texas on Saturday
"One thing about Texas," coach Mack Brown said, "there's
never a good time to lose."
Texas, fifth in last week's BCS standings, had hoped to move up
when No. 15 Rutgers stunned No. 3 Louisville 28-25 on Thursday. And
when McCoy went in from a yard out on Texas' first possession the
Longhorns appeared on their way to doing just that.
But McCoy, whose 27 touchdown passes this season are a school
record, got pinned under the pile on his 1-yard TD run in the first
He left the game and was replaced by freshman Jevan Snead.
It was the first action of the year for Snead, who had pushed
McCoy for the starter's job this summer. He was 13-for-30 for 130
yards and one score and was sacked five times.
Before he got hurt, McCoy completed all four of his attempts for
"I give credit to their defense," Snead said. "I could have
handled it a lot better, but they have a really good defense.
"There were a lot of plays that I could have made but I
Kansas State (7-4, 4-3) made its share of mistakes, too. The
Wildcats won despite two disastrous plays by their punt team, which
allowed Texas to start two touchdown drives at or inside the 5-yard
But nobody was in a mood to gripe about that.
"There's always things that we're going to have to clean up,
but we've obviously shown that we can play with any team in the
country," linebacker Brandon Archer said.
The Longhorns (9-2, 6-1 Big 12) got within a field goal on Chris
Ogbonnaya's 1-yard touchdown run with 1:36 to go. But Jordy Nelson
recovered the ensuing onside kick and then caught a 6-yard pass for
a first down that sealed the Wildcats' biggest win in years.
"I didn't feel good about this one until the very end," said
Prince, who has Kansas State back on a winning track after losing
records in Bill Snyder's final two seasons as coach. "We were
coaching our brains out down there at the very end to make this
thing go the way we wanted it to go."
Freeman took a knee, and purple-clad fans streamed onto the
field to celebrate.
Freeman threw for 263 yards and Kansas State scored three
touchdowns over a 3:06 span in the third quarter on its way to
breaking a six-game losing streak against ranked opponents.
The Wildcats also won their third straight and guaranteed their
first winning record since they won the Big 12 championship in
"Our plan was to be the best team in November," Freeman said.
"That's the equivalent of playoff football -- be the best in
November -- and we're on our way to do that."
Yamon Figurs caught two touchdown passes for Kansas State and
Leon Patton ran for a touchdown and threw to Cedric Wilson for
another. Ian Campbell recovered two fumbles, both of which led to
Snead's 33-yard TD pass to Limas Sweed got the Longhorns within
42-35 with just under 13 minutes left, but Jeff Snodgrass hit a
51-yard field goal with 3:19 left to give the Wildcats some room.
Jamaal Charles ran for 87 yards and two scores for Texas, and
Selvin Young ran for another TD. But each also lost a costly fumble
in the third quarter, when Kansas State went on its 21-point tear.
Young's 5-yard run early in the period, one play after Michael
Griffin blocked Tim Reyer's punt and Tyrell Gatewood recovered,
tied the score at 21. But on the Longhorns' next drive, Charles
fumbled at Kansas State's 20.
Campbell recovered, and it led to Patton's 18-yard halfback pass
to Wilson for a 28-21 lead.
Young fumbled on the second play of the Longhorns' next
possession, and Campbell recovered again. Freeman's 30-yard pass to
Figurs then put the Wildcats up 35-21.
After Snead threw three incompletions on Texas' next drive, John
McCardle blocked Greg Johnson's punt and Daniel Gonzalez recovered
at the 23. That led to Freeman's 1-yard TD run to make it 42-21
"It took a life of its own with the two touchdowns after the
trick plays, and the blocked punt," Brown said. "I am really
proud of our staff and our coaches, that they hung in there and
came back and still gave us a chance to win."
Charles started Texas' comeback bid with an 18-yard scoring run
later in the third, cutting Kansas State's lead to 42-28.
Patton's TD run with just over six minutes left in the second
gave Kansas State a 21-14 halftime lead.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Kansas State recovered an onside kick with just over a minute to go after Texas scored to cut the deficit to three points.
Gameball goes to... Josh Freeman. The K-State quarterback threw for 266 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for another score.
Stat of the game... 3:06. The Wildcats offense scored three times in a 3:06 span in the third quarter, including a call of back-to-back trick plays.