Posted by Tom Fornelli
KANSAS STATE WON. I don't think many people were giving Kansas State that much of a chance against Baylor this weekend, even after the Wildcats picked up a win on the road against Miami last weekend, but you have to believe that Kansas State may have converted some doubters on Saturday afternoon. It wasn't always pretty, and Kansas State wasted a few opportunities, but by the time the final second ticked off the clock the Wildcats had earned a 36-35 win over a ranked Baylor team to improve to 4-0 on the season.
HOW KANSAS STATE WON. It kept Robert Griffin in check, and that might not make sense if you look at Griffin's final stat line. He finished the game with 343 yards passing and 5 touchdowns, but there were also plenty of drives where Griffin and the Bears couldn't do anything. Kansas State's defense also forced 3 Baylor turnovers on the afternoon, including the first interception that Griffin through all season. That interception by Arthur Brown came with under 5 minutes to go in the game and gave Kansas State the ball inside the Baylor 20-yard line. Kansas State only got a field goal out of it -- the 3 turnovers the Wildcats forced only led to 6 points -- but that field goal was good enough to give Kansas State a 36-35 lead.
WHEN KANSAS STATE WON. It wasn't until a pass by Griffin on 4th and 2 was broken up at the line of scrimmage in the final minute that this one was iced. Kansas State's defense gave up yards and points on Saturday, but it really came through when the team needed it to the most in the fourth quarter.
WHAT KANSAS STATE WON. Kansas State earned a bit of respect after beating Miami last week, and was on the periphery of the polls this week. You have to think that beating a Baylor team that was ranked 15th in the AP poll will be enough to get Kansas State into the Top 25 on Sunday. More important than the rankings, however, is the fact that Kansas State is off to a 4-0 start and a 1-0 start in the Big 12. Bill Snyder has the Manhattan Magic going again.
WHAT BAYLOR LOST. This game could prove to be quite costly for the Bears. Sure, it's only one conference game, but odds are a loss against Kansas State was more than Baylor could afford if it had any shot of winning the Big 12 this season. This loss could also put a dent in Robert Griffin's Heisman campaign, because even though he had a great day overall, it was still his interception at the end of the game that led to the Kansas State victory.
THAT WAS CRAZY. Generally there's a lot of crazy in any game involving Baylor, but what stood out to me the play call on 4th and 2 in the final minutes. A tunnel screen on 4th and 2, Art Briles? Really? When you have Robert Griffin you don't even want to call a play that would allow him a chance to run for the first down? That makes no sense to me.