October 27, 2007

Wildcats respond with big second half

In the world of college football, a little halftime motivation can make all the difference. For one half of football, the Kansas State Wildcats played in a manner that Coach Ron Prince deemed "tired," making mistakes and squandering opportunities. The second half saw the Wildcats bring a new attitude to the field, and a play-making defense, along with a quick-hitting offense fueled by Josh Freeman and another record-setting day by Jordy Nelson, led the team to a 51-13 victory over the Baylor Bears at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

"I can't repeat what I said," Prince said, when asked about his halftime comments after two quarters of football that saw the Wildcats squander several opportunities to seize control of the game. "It's not appropriate. I was probably a little bit out of line."

Safety Chris Carney said Prince's comments spoke to the team clearly. "(He told us to) just come out and don't be tired."

"We got in at half and Coach told us he wanted us to play the type of ball we were capable of playing," Freeman said. "Everyone responded extremely well."

The Wildcats took the message to heart, out-scoring the Bears 35-7 in the second half.

After a first half that saw K-State looking as if it needed a map to find the end zone, the Wildcats practically claimed residence there, scoring three touchdowns in a span of eight minutes and taking control of the game.

"We kind of got challenged at halftime by all our coaches," Nelson, who set a new single-season receiving record said. "We weren't playing the way we wanted to."

"Our defense and special teams did a great job of putting us in good field position," Freeman said. "They've done it all season long, and that's something that we wouldn't be the same without."

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