Nov 30, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats linebacker Tre Walker (50) leads the team onto the field before the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium. Kansas State won the game 31-10. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Live Game Thread: Kansas State Wildcats vs Michigan Wolverines in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl


A tradition unlike any other: The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

Seriously though, it has been about 7,000 years (approximately) since Kansas State last won a bowl game, and that streak needs to end soon. Preferably tonight.

The matchup would seem to bode will for K-State. After a 5-0 start, Michigan lost five of their last seven, and struggled to find consistency on offense in a weak Big 10. Additionally, Michigan will be starting a freshman quarterback tonight, Shane Morris. It’ll be Morris’ first career start. So it would seem like the door is open for K-State to win a bowl game for the first time in a decade.

K-State comes into Tempe pretty healthy, including the return of Ty Zimmerman according to some reports. Add in a rested and healthy Daniel Sams – who had been dealing with a banged up shoulder – and a fresh John Hubert. Hubert should be pretty motivated as this will be his last game at K-State.

You can find the game preview here while you wait for kickoff. My prediction for the game is a narrow K-State victory, say 31-27. What do you guys think?

(Note: Look for random updates to this post throughout the night in addition to live thread below.)

 

 

I’m sure Michigan fans feel like this Maple Leafs fan right now…


 


Tags: Kansas State Wildcats Live Game Thread

  • Ben Nielsen

    Well this should be interesting. Let’s make this happen!

  • Ben Nielsen

    ESPN doing a great job of hyping the K-State game by talking about Teddy Bridgwater and Bill O’Brien. Well done, WWL.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Hey, one minute before kickoff ESPN’s studio show mentions that their is a game on!

  • Ben Nielsen

    Not that I’m bitter about ESPN or anything……..

  • Ben Nielsen

    Be sure to refresh this post every once in a while to see what new tweets/pics/musings have been added.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Welp, here goes nothin’…

  • Ben Nielsen

    Nothing like starting a game off right… with an offsides penalty.

  • Joel Wagler

    It is just wrong seeing Santa wear purple.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Man, when Jake Waters in on he is deadly. It’s a shame he’s so bad when he’s not.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Waters is sneaky fast.

  • Joel Wagler

    The Wildcats have been brilliant on third down thus far. 4-4!

    • Ben Nielsen

      Nice jinx.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Sams in for red zone snaps… about time.

    • Joel Wagler

      I was just thinking about how it didn’t make sense to take Waters out when they were moving the ball so well with him.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Waters in for third and goal…

  • Ben Nielsen

    LOCKETT TOUCHDOWN! ON PURPOSE!!!

  • Joel Wagler

    Who else? Tyler Lockett!

  • Ben Nielsen

    Bigger miracle: K-State with the early bowl lead or Joel’s third down jinx failing?

    • Joel Wagler

      Lol

  • Ben Nielsen

    That was a 7 minute, 41 second drive by K-State by the way. #SnyderBall

  • Joel Wagler

    It would be huge if K-State can force a 3-and-out.

  • Ben Nielsen

    This is K-State’s first bowl lead since the 2010 Pinstripe Bowl.

  • Kim Hall

    Let’s go defense!!

  • Ben Nielsen

    Shane Morris. Shane Morris. Shane Morris. Shane Morris. Shane Morris.

  • Joel Wagler

    Hey Kim! How are ya?

    • Kim Hall

      A little nervous at this point.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Is there a better name for a tight end than “Butt”?

    • Joel Wagler

      Yes – Tony Gonzalez…

    • Kim Hall

      How ’bout Gronkowski?

    • Ben Nielsen

      Okay, maybe I just think too much like an 11-year-old. …Butt.

  • Joel Wagler

    The Wildcats defense was leaning the wrong way on that play…

  • Joel Wagler

    Good hit by Britts!

  • Ben Nielsen

    Morris threw that thing about 700,000 mph.

  • Joel Wagler

    Awesome coverage by Daily. Wow!

  • Joel Wagler

    Wildcats buckled down in the red zone with some tight D

  • Ben Nielsen

    Holy crap, Roberts covered somebody! It’s a bowl day miracle!

  • Ben Nielsen

    You can go ahead and count that field goal as a stop.

    • Joel Wagler

      agreed

  • Ben Nielsen

    Tyler Lockett man. So freaking fast.

  • Joel Wagler

    Lockett is pretty awesome

  • Ben Nielsen

    Chiefs could use Lockett.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Waters never runs that jump pass well.

    • Ben Nielsen

      Unless it is against Kansas, of course.

  • Kim Hall

    Hubert

  • Joel Wagler

    Hubert running with purpose tonight

  • Ben Nielsen

    All Lockett, all the time.

  • Joel Wagler

    Tyler Lockett for Governor!

  • Kim Hall

    Wow – did that take forever to get there or what? Waters to Lockett for another KSU touchdown!!!

  • Ben Nielsen

    KEVIN LOCKETT SIGHTING!

    • Kim Hall

      Was that another little Lockett beside Kevin?

      • Ben Nielsen

        Ha!

  • Tom Fontana

    Lockett runs routes better than just about anyone in the country

    • Ben Nielsen

      Great body control, too.

  • Joel Wagler

    The Wildcats couldn’t have hoped for a better first quarter.

    • Ben Nielsen

      Aside from not giving up three points.

  • Joel Wagler

    It’s nice to see Zimmerman back in uniform for his last game

    • Ben Nielsen

      Ditto.

      • Tom Fontana

        His broken legs mend quickly

        • Ben Nielsen

          Got some rest for his disintegrated shoulder as well.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Nothing like breaking your leg and then playing in a football game a month later.

    • Tom Fontana

      Two years in a row no less

      • Ben Nielsen

        Damn, I forgot about last year.

  • Tom Fontana

    Michigan setting up for a deep pass with all of these screen passes

  • Ben Nielsen

    Shane Morris. Drink!

  • Ben Nielsen

    Probably should have tossed it…

  • Ben Nielsen

    Pretty sizable hold by 77 for Michigan. Not sure how they miss that.

  • Ben Nielsen

    There’s that deep ball, Fontana.

    • Tom Fontana

      As well as the sucky Dorian Roberts

  • Ben Nielsen

    BUTT! Drink!

  • Ben Nielsen

    (Note: I’m making this drinking game up on the fly.)

  • Nathan Edwards

    K-State needs to get some pressure on the quarterback.

    • Ben Nielsen

      Haven’t heard Mueller’s name yet.

  • Ben Nielsen

    BUTT! Drink.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Mueller blew that up.

  • Nathan Edwards

    Bending but not breaking.

  • Tom Fontana

    Another impressive hold in the Redzone for the defense

  • Kim Hall

    I’m okay with Michigan scoring a field goal every time we score a TD.

    • Ben Nielsen

      Seconded.

      • Joel Wagler

        Thirded

      • Nathan Edwards

        Thirded

        • Joel Wagler

          Lol

          • Ben Nielsen

            That’s not a number.

          • Joel Wagler

            It is now

  • Ben Nielsen

    Nightmare red zone offense for Michigan. It’s like they don’t know what to do without Gardner in there.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Lockett is going to run one back before the game is over.

  • Joel Wagler

    Little Gronk!!!

  • Ben Nielsen

    Gronk.

    • Joel Wagler

      That’s not a word.

      • Ben Nielsen

        Yes it is. Means “drunk.”

  • Kim Hall

    Huuuuuuubert!

  • Ben Nielsen

    Hubert plays bigger than he is. Seems to be a trend for K-State football.

    • Joel Wagler

      Sproles…

  • Ben Nielsen

    LockeTD

    • Joel Wagler

      Clever…

  • Joel Wagler

    Lockett is going to break all the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl receiving records…

    • Ben Nielsen

      Records that have been held for dozens of weeks.

      • Joel Wagler

        Exactly!

  • Nathan Edwards

    Looking good so far! Go State!

  • Kim Hall

    Tyler Lockett ties the KState record for bowl TD receptions!!

    • Joel Wagler

      He should get a dozen wings for every TD

      • Ben Nielsen

        Probably a NCAA violation.

        • Joel Wagler

          Not if a corporate bowl sponsor gives it to him. #NCAAStupidRules

  • Tom Fontana

    Scared to death Lockett might leave for the NFL

    • Ben Nielsen

      I’m okay with it if he ends up in KC. Andy Reid has a decent history with undersized wide receivers.

      • Tom Fontana

        No

  • Kim Hall

    Like to see the defense get a stop here.

  • Joel Wagler

    Have you heard that new group – Marky Mark and the Funchess Butt

    • Joel Wagler

      They are from Michigan…

  • Ben Nielsen

    Via the Twitters: “@suss2hyphens: BWW BOWL HALFTIME: Michigan coaches revisit the game film they studied. “Oh, shit, Kansas STATE.””

    • Joel Wagler

      That was a good one! Wish I tweeted it!

  • Joel Wagler

    That was a quick first half. Maybe I will be in bed by 12:30

  • Ben Nielsen

    So that first half went decently.

  • Joel Wagler

    Half times suck for live blogs. Can we fast forward?

  • Ben Nielsen

    You can refresh the page to see a pretty fantastic Vine I posted.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Waters 9-11, 128, 3 touchdowns

  • Ben Nielsen

    Hubert has 7 carries for 46 yards. 6.6 yards per carry.

    • Joel Wagler

      Hubert has certainly looked good thus far. Overshadowed by LockeTD

  • Ben Nielsen

    You’d have to think there will be a lot more Hubert in the second half.

  • Ben Nielsen

    I wish there were more commercials…

  • Ben Nielsen

    Shane Morris is 15-19 for 121 yards. But he’s been pretty much worthless in the red zone.

  • Joel Wagler

    Here we go…

  • Ben Nielsen

    I think Michigan just doubled their rushing yards on that play.

  • Joel Wagler

    Another good defensive series by KSU

  • Joel Wagler

    Lockett IS human!

  • Ben Nielsen

    Lockett. Whoopsadoodle.

  • Joel Wagler

    That could have been HUGE

  • Joel Wagler

    The Wolverines just aren’t in sync tonight.

    • Ben Nielsen

      *N’SYNC

      • Joel Wagler

        Oh God. You caught that but not Marky Mark and the Funchess Butt?

        • Ben Nielsen

          Yep.

          • Joel Wagler

            Difference in age I guess

  • Kim Hall

    Michigan the 1st to call timeout in both halves tonight….that’s something for KState.

    • Ben Nielsen

      No delay of games yet either. Crazy.

    • Joel Wagler

      That’s funny.

  • Ben Nielsen

    That’s getting challenged. Waters was short.

  • Joel Wagler

    This may be over rued. He looked short

  • Kim Hall

    Wow, I’ll take it!

  • Ben Nielsen

    Officials botched that.

    • Tom Fontana

      The college replay system is a complete disaster

  • Joel Wagler

    Wow

  • Joel Wagler

    Wonder if Craig is watching. He hates replay. That won’t help any.

  • Joel Wagler

    Whoops. If nothing else, the Michigan defense is spending a lot of time on the field.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Thompson was slightly open. Slightly.

  • Joel Wagler

    Great play by Waters right there. Showing some nimbleness

  • Joel Wagler

    And I thought picks were illegal…well, outside of Denver anyway

  • Ben Nielsen

    That was a significant hole Hubert had to run through there. Sheesh.

  • Kim Hall

    The only thing slowing down the Cats are penalties.

    • Joel Wagler

      The Wolverines certainly aren’t…

  • Joel Wagler

    That may have pushed them back out of field goal range. They need a few good plays right here

  • Ben Nielsen

    15 yards of penalties? No worries. Someone will be open 30 yards down field.

  • Ben Nielsen

    I’d go for it here.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Not that they will, but I would.

    • Joel Wagler

      No, take the points…In theory

      • Ben Nielsen

        You were saying…

        • Joel Wagler

          I added In theory! Darn kickers anyway

    • Kim Hall

      Too bad Cantele is hurt.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Should have gone for it.

  • Joel Wagler

    KSU leads the time of possession category 21:04 to 18:13. Seems much much more.

  • Joel Wagler

    Impressive throw by Morris

  • Tom Fontana

    K-State’s long snapper Marcus Heit doesn’t make the bowl trip for the second time in three years. How does a long snapper struggle with grades

    • Ben Nielsen

      Poor coaching.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Michigan is really bad at tackling.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Waters has to be the early favorite for best quarterback in the Big 12 who doesn’t go to Baylor.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Whoopsadoodle.

  • Joel Wagler

    Just plain bad luck for the Wildcats on that.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Way more pressure in this half from K-State.

  • Joel Wagler

    Penalties and some other mistakes not helping the Wildcats in the second half.

    • Tom Fontana

      A lot like the KU game, three quick touchdowns, then…nothing

  • Joel Wagler

    That penalty actually cost KSU about 40 yards in field position

  • Ben Nielsen

    Sexton is the one who is related to John Dorsey somehow, right?

    • Joel Wagler

      uh, sure.

    • Tom Fontana

      Nephew

  • Kim Hall

    Nice catch by the smart guy.

  • Joel Wagler

    I’ve watched Michigan a couple of times this season. I don’t remember them being this bad defensively. Gardner may have helped the game be closer but KSU has only been stopped by KSU tonight.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Go for it.

    • Joel Wagler

      Lol

  • Joel Wagler

    KSU defense just needs to bury the Wolverines right here. Bury them neck deep

  • Ben Nielsen

    The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl has been around for 25 years? *Is told it was to Copper Bowl previously.* Oh.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Man, Morris has pretty terrible accuracy. Strong arm, tho.

  • Joel Wagler

    Michigan hasn’t been good tonight. Kudos to the Wildcats for their play tonight. They WERE good tonight.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Hey, K-State may actually win a game with Eric Stonestreet in attendance.

  • Joel Wagler

    That is a lot of laundry on the field at one time.

  • Ben Nielsen

    All the pick plays.

  • Joel Wagler

    Looks like the Wildcats are winding down an impressive game. Congrats to Kansas State.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Barnett with the pick, giving Lockett a chance at four touchdowns.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Or Hubert. That’s fair.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Hubert, touchdown. That may be his last carry as a Wildcat.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Bill Snyder with the Gatorade bath and he is not pleased.

  • Ben Nielsen

    Maybe should have run that two-point play earlier, Brady.

  • Ben Nielsen

    K-State wins! Sweet.