Freeman, the freshman sensation who accounted for four
touchdowns in last week's upset of Texas, lost three fumbles and
was intercepted three times by a Kansas pass defense ranked 117th
in the country.
It was the first time since 1917 that both teams came into this
state rivalry on winning streaks of at least two games. And a crowd
of 51,821 -- the largest in the 85-year history of Memorial Stadium
-- was on hand.
Kansas (6-5, 3-4 Big 12) became bowl-eligible for the second
year in a row for the first time ever and beat the Wildcats (7-5,
4-4) for just the second time in 14 games.
Thousands of fans stormed the field and began bringing down the
goal posts when the game ended.
Scott Webb kicked a career-best four field goals for the
Anthony Webb ran 42 yards for a touchdown with Kansas' third
interception, giving the Jayhawks a 33-20 lead with 7:57 left in
the fourth quarter.
In the final seconds of the first half, James McClinton knocked
the ball out of Freeman's grasp in the end zone and Russell Brorsen
recovered for the TD.
Cornish, the Big 12's rushing leader, had touchdown runs of 13
yards following Aqib Talib's interception in the first quarter and
12 yards after Wayne Wilder's fumble recovery in the fourth.
Leon Patton rushed for 102 yards for Kansas State, which is
bowl-eligible for the first time since 2003. It was the first time
in 24 games Kansas had given up a 100-yard rushing performance.
Kerry Meier, Kansas' redshirt freshman quarterback, also had a
rough night. He was intercepted twice in the first half, once in
the end zone. And he was on the Wildcats 6 on Kansas' first
possession of the second half when he fumbled the ball to Antwon
Webb kicked field goals of 38, 49, 41 and 35 yards.
Kansas State's James Johnson recovered a kickoff 85 yards for a
touchdown in the fourth quarter, giving the Wildcats a
school-record three kickoff returns this season.
Freeman, the Big 12's offensive player of the week the two
previous weeks, came into the game after hitting 55 of his last 77
passes for 681 yards and six touchdowns. Against the Jayhawks, he
was 23-for-44 for 244 yards. His longest pass came on the first
play of the game, a 66-yard gainer to tight end Jeron Mastrud that
set up a 21-yard field goal by Jeff Snodgrass.
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