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K-State Defense Keys in Big Victory Over Miami, 28-24

MIAMI (AP)—Kansas State stopped Miami quarterback Jacory Harris’ fourth-down run at the goal line with 49 seconds left, capping a brilliant late stand that sealed the Wildcats’ 28-24 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday.

Sophomore running back John Hubert ran for a career-high 166 yards and the go-ahead touchdown for the Wildcats, who moved to 3-0 on the year for the second consecutive season.  Fellow junior quarterback Collin Klein was equally impressive through the air as on the ground, completing 12-of-18 passes with two touchdowns to go with 96 yards rushing and another score.

Harris threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns for Miami (1-2), which got 106 yards and a touchdown from Lamar Miller.  Miami had first-and-goal at the Kansas State 2 with 1:52 left, but a first-down pass fell incomplete, two Mike James runs were stopped and then Harris’ knee was deemed down by replay officials after the on-field call was that he scored.

It was the 145th time in the last 150 games where K-State won when leading at halftime, and the Wildcats earned this one.

Miller’s 59-yard touchdown run with 2:52 left in the third quarter got Miami within 21-17, and Harris found Travis Benjamin with a 34-yard scoring pass 43 seconds into the fourth quarter to give Miami a three-point lead.

A short-lived lead, at that.

Bolstered by a 47-yard run by Hubert on third-and-1—Miami was in something akin to goal-line defense, with just about everyone on the line of scrimmage 70 yards from its own end zone—K-State went 80 yards on eight plays.  Hubert’s burst from 2 yards out capped the drive, putting Miami in need of late heroics.

Harris almost delivered.

Buoyed along by 33-yard pass to Chase Ford, and a pass interference call against defensive back Nigel Malone in the end zone, the Hurricanes were 2 yards away from the win with four plays to get there. They wound up a few inches short.

Harris completed 21 of 31 passes, and Benjamin caught six balls for 91 yards to lead Miami.

Klein set the tone on the first possession, leading K-State 63 yards on 11 plays and going in from 2 yards out to give the Wildcats a 7-3 lead with 5:57 left in the first quarter.  He was a perfect 6-for-6 passing for 80 yards in the first quarter—against a Miami defense that in four quarters against Ohio State last week allowed four completed passes for 35 yards.

Klein connected with freshman wide receiver Tyler Lockett from 20 yards out with 13:28 left in the half, and the Wildcats were up 14-3.

Here’s how good Klein was: When K-State seemed on the brink of trouble, his feet were more than enough to keep the Wildcats afloat.

Pierce and Chalmers Combine for the Perfect Ending to Legends of the Phog

After the final buzzer sounded and the players exited the court, 16,300 fans witnessed one of the greatest endings to a basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse. The Legends of the Phog alumni game could not have ended in a better way as the game concluded in a tie, 111-111.

The two most likely of guys finished the game off in historic fashion. Paul Pierce and Mario Chalmers sent fans into a frenzy in the final seconds as they each took their turn in playing the hero.

Pierce hit a step-back three over Brandon Rush to put the Blue Team up 111-108 with five seconds remaining. Most fans probably thought the game was over, but Chalmers had one last miracle up his sleeve. Chalmers hit a fade-away three-pointer over Jeff Hawkins as time expired that made Allen Fieldhouse erupt like a volcano.

Chalmers’ final shot had fans reminiscing back to the 2008 National Championship when his three sent the game into overtime. Before Chalmers received the inbounds pass fans were heard chanting his name, `Mario.’

“Yeah, I heard it,” he said. “It’s something I’ve done before and something I’m accustomed to. This type of atmosphere is great and being out there with the older guys and coaches was unbelievable.”

Chalmers finished the game with a double-double, 17 points and 10 assists.

For Pierce (16 points and eight rebounds), this was one of the few times he’s been able to make it back to Lawrence since he left for the NBA.

“It’s a special feeling when you come into Allen Fieldhouse; it’s a players’ gym,” Pierce said. “Once you walk into the Fieldhouse the adrenaline starts going, and I told the guys when we came back from lay-up lines that it felt like game seven of the NBA playoffs. That’s how much adrenaline I had and that’s how many chills I got. I feel right at home on that court and its good the game ended the way it did.”

Pierce was asked where his go-ahead shot ranked on his all-time list and he said with a laugh that it was right up there, just behind the birth of his daughter. In his mind he knew the whole time it was going in.

“Of course I did,” the 13-year NBA veteran said. “If you don’t believe you’re going to hit it, then why be out there?”

As soon as Chalmers’ final shot went through the net, Pierce immediately ran over and embraced him.

“I said that’s the way it’s supposed to end,” Pierce explained. “It was just like his championship shot and everyone got a replay of it tonight.”

During Pierce’s playing days at Kansas he never lost a home game in Fieldhouse and after tonight his loss column remains filled with a zero.

“Yeah, I told Max (Falkenstein) at the half that I don’t plan on losing this one so I think I’m 55-0-1,” Pierce said.

Pierce has left KU fans with a lot of wonderful memories over the years and tonight he only added to it. As the years have passed since Pierce last roamed the halls of Allen Fieldhouse, a few things have changed, but not many. Renovations have been made, like the three-year old practice facility, which was built after the 2008 National Championship (thanks to some guy named Chalmers).

“It’s all the same just a lot louder, he said. “I was talking on the bench and I could barely hear Coach (Larry) Brown during the timeout. All game it was that loud. This atmosphere, this is a loud place to play and if you’re the opposite team then you are in trouble. I’m glad I went here and didn’t have to play as an opponent here.”

This event reminded Pierce of one of the last times he played in `The Phog.’ January 17, 1998, during his final season wearing a Kansas jersey a certain someone came back to have his jersey hung in the rafters. That guy just happened to be Wilt Chamberlain.

“That was one of the greatest moments from my time here at KU,” Pierce said. “You look at a player like Wilt who paved the way for a lot of players at Kansas and also the NBA. That’s really where I saw the first type of family atmosphere here because when I was here they brought back some of the old teams. Wilt came back and other former players were always coming around. This is just a special place and we’re always welcome back as players.”

Pierce has been blessed to be a part of two outstanding and successful programs during his collegiate and professional basketball career. It doesn’t get much better than the Kansas Jayhawks and Boston Celtics. The two programs have combined for 22 national titles and world championships.

“I have really been blessed to be a part of two great traditions,” Pierce explained. “When Coach asked me to come back, I didn’t hesitate to tell him yes, it was just a great opportunity for me to come back. I have been wanting to come back, I wanted to be here for the basketball camp, but it didn’t work out with my schedule, so when he asked me it was a no-brainer to come back and be here around my old teammates and reflect on memories. When I first got here, I walked the campus, went and saw some of my old classes and where I stayed at, saw some of the things they added on. It brought back a lot of great memories, and I am glad I had the chance to come back.”

Kansas fans should be proud of what they witnessed today in Allen Fieldhouse. Like Pierce said, no other college brings in alumni from the NBA to put on an event like `The Legends of the Phog.’

Fans should also take note that this may not be the last time this type of event occurs in Lawrence for the next few years to come.

“I mentioned to Coach (Bill) Self that we should do something like this where we can get together,” Pierce said. “This is a family type of program; the guys come back. I stay in touch with Ryan Robertson and other guys that I played with.  I talk to Mario (Chalmers), we have that type of relationship because we have that link because we’re Jayhawks.

It’s beautiful. Other schools don’t do this around the country to where (alumni) come back. This is a special place. Coach Self said we can come back anytime and I plan on coming back a lot more than I have in the past. You really don’t truly realize how special this place is until you come back and you step away from it and see it again; it’s unbelievable.”

High School Football Scores – Week #4

North Central Kansas League
Abilene 17, Concordia 16
Marysville 38, Clay Center 7
Wamego 42, Chapman 21

Twin Valley League 8-Man
Baileyville B&B 75, Bern 6
Falls City-Sacred Heart (NE) 44, Axtell 30
Hanover 32, Linn 8
Mankato-Rock Hills 66, Clifton-Clyde 16
Wakefield 62, Blue Valley-Randolph 48

Twin Valley League 11-Man
Olpe 13, Valley Heights 0
Rossville 34, Centralia 8
Washington County 14, Onaga 12

Nebraska Schools
Deshler 42, Diller-Odell 20
Fairbury 29, Grand Island CC 21
Gretna 44, Beatrice 14
Malcolm 28, Wymore-Southern 13
Pawnee City 88, Sterling 40

Complete Kansas State-Wide Scoreboard

Kansas Volleyball Rankings – Week #3

September 21, 2011, Topeka, KS — The Kansas Volleyball Association is pleased to announce the 2011 Week 3 Volleyball Rankings sponsored by PrepVolleyball.com. Records are as of 9/19/11.

Rank – School – Record – Last Week’s Rank

4A
1. St. James Academy (16-0) (1)
2. Maize South (17-0) (3)
3. Hayden (9-4) (NR)
4. Rose Hill (15-1) (NR)
5. Abilene (12-3) (4)
Others: Chanute (14-0), Cheney (10-2), Colby (15-1), Holton (13-1), Wamego (13-3)

3A
1. Smith Center (12-0) (2)
2. Phillipsburg (9-1) (4)
3. Hoisington (15-2) (1)
4. Burlington (14-1) (5)
5. Remington (14-2) (NR)
Others: Hillsboro (13-2), Marysville (11-1), Pratt (15-1), Silver Lake (8-7)

2A
1. Hill City (11-2) (2)
2. Kiowa County (11-3) (3)
3. Decatur Community (11-6) (1)
4. Ell-Saline (15-2) (4)
5. Bennington (16-2) (NR)
Others: Mission Valley (18-1), Sacred Heart (11-6), Washington County (11-0)

1A – Division 1
1. St. John Hudson (10-1) (1)
2. B&B Baileyville (18-1) (2)
3. Victoria (11-2) (3)
4. Centralia (13-3) (5)
5. South Central (11-3) (NR)
Others: Pike Valley (8-3), Spearville (5-2)

1A – Division 2
1. Hutch – Central Christian (17-1) (1)
2. Thunder Ridge (13-2) (2)
3. Grainfield-Wheatland-Grinnell (10-3) (3)
4. Wetmore (9-2) (5)
5. Norwich (8-1) (4)
Others: Argonia (6-3), Logan (8-3)

Kansas Volleyball Rankings – Week #3

September 21, 2011, Topeka, KS — The Kansas Volleyball Association is pleased to announce the 2011 Week 3 Volleyball Rankings sponsored by PrepVolleyball.com. Records are as of 9/19/11.

Rank – School – Record – Last Week’s Rank

4A
1. St. James Academy (16-0) (1)
2. Maize South (17-0) (3)
3. Hayden (9-4) (NR)
4. Rose Hill (15-1) (NR)
5. Abilene (12-3) (4)
Others: Chanute (14-0), Cheney (10-2), Colby (15-1), Holton (13-1), Wamego (13-3)

3A
1. Smith Center (12-0) (2)
2. Phillipsburg (9-1) (4)
3. Hoisington (15-2) (1)
4. Burlington (14-1) (5)
5. Remington (14-2) (NR)
Others: Hillsboro (13-2), Marysville (11-1), Pratt (15-1), Silver Lake (8-7)

2A
1. Hill City (11-2) (2)
2. Kiowa County (11-3) (3)
3. Decatur Community (11-6) (1)
4. Ell-Saline (15-2) (4)
5. Bennington (16-2) (NR)
Others: Mission Valley (18-1), Sacred Heart (11-6), Washington County (11-0)

1A – Division 1
1. St. John Hudson (10-1) (1)
2. B&B Baileyville (18-1) (2)
3. Victoria (11-2) (3)
4. Centralia (13-3) (5)
5. South Central (11-3) (NR)
Others: Pike Valley (8-3), Spearville (5-2)

1A – Division 2
1. Hutch – Central Christian (17-1) (1)
2. Thunder Ridge (13-2) (2)
3. Grainfield-Wheatland-Grinnell (10-3) (3)
4. Wetmore (9-2) (5)
5. Norwich (8-1) (4)
Others: Argonia (6-3), Logan (8-3)

High School Football Scores – Week #3

North Central Kansas League
Abilene 28, Clay Center 7
Concordia 32, Wamego 14
Marysville 23, Chapman 0

Twin Valley League 11-Man
Centralia 22, Onaga 14
Chase County 13, Washington County 12
Minneapolis 24, Valley Heights 22

Twin Valley League 8-Man
Baileyville B&B 62, Frankfort 16
Bern 72, Wichita Word of Life 0
Clifton-Clyde 60, Pike Valley 20
Downs-Lakeside 62, Randolph-Blue Valley 14
Hanover 46, Axtell 0
Linn 16, Diller-Odell, NE 6

Nebraska Schools
Aurora 30, Beatrice 29
Linn, Kan. 16, Diller-Odell 6
Pawnee City 74, Lewiston 0
Wymore-Southern 42, Johnson County Central 7

 

Twin Valley League Volleyball Report – Week #3

Twin Valley League / Overall Standings

Centralia 8-0 / 11-2
B & B 7-0 / 12-1
Washington County 6-0 / 11-0
Wetmore 6-0 / 9-2
Onaga 3-3 / 10-3
Valley Heights 3-3 / 8-5
Frankfort 3-3 / 5-6
Hanover 2-4 / 6-5
Axtell 2-4 / 3-8
Blue Valley 1-5 / 2-9
Linn 0-6 / 1-9
Clifton-Clyde 0-6 / 0-10
Bern 0-6 / 0-11

Scores from September 13, 2011
Frankfort def Clifton-Clyde 25-15 25-19
Wetmore def Clifton-Clyde 25-10 25-14
Wetmore def Frankfort 25-23 25-16
Centralia def Valley Heights 25-14 25-14
Centralia def Linn 25-15 25-17
Centralia def Blue Valley 25-7 25-14
Valley Heights def Linn 25-19 25-13
Valley Heights def Blue Valley 25-20 25-15
Blue Valley def Linn 13-25 25-18 25-21
Washington County def Bern 25-12 25-10
Washington County def Hanover 25-22 25-13
Hanover def Bern 23-25 25-20 25-18
B & B def Onaga 25-16 25-23
B & B def Axtell 25-13 25-13
Onaga def Axtell 25-18 25-11
*denotes non-league match

TOURNEY RESULTS
Saturday, September 10:

Nemaha Valley Invitational Tournament
B & B def Hiawatha 25-12 25-10
B & B def Horton 25-19 25-15
B & B def Pleasant Ridge 25-12 25-14
B & B def Nemaha Valley 25-20 25-22

Semi-Finals:
B & B def Rock Creek 25-20 25-17

Finals:
Marysville def B & B 18-25 25-22 25-22

HTRS Tournament
Johnson Brock, NE def Bern 25-19 25-23
Pawnee City, NE def Bern 25-15 25-17
Lewiston, NE def Bern 21-25 25-15 25-19

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, September 20
@ Onaga – Blue Valley, Clifton-Clyde, Hanover.
@ Linn – Axtell, Bern.
@ Valley Heights – Frankfort, Washington County.
@ Wetmore – B & B, Centralia.

Saturday, September 17
Hiawatha Invitational – Centralia, B & B.
Republic County Invitational – Clifton-Clyde, Linn, Hanover.

 

 

Jayhawk Television Network Affiliates Set For KU-Texas Football Telecast

Game Broadcast will be available on KNDY FM 95.5 in Northeast Kansas and KZDY FM “Z-96.3″ in North Central Kansas.

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Jayhawk Television Network’s (JTN) affiliate lineup is set for the telecast of the KU-Texas football game in Austin Oct. 29.

The game will air in High Definition on these over-the-air stations in Kansas City and throughout the state of Kansas:

  • KSMO 62 (MyTV) – Kansas City
  • WIBW 13 (CBS) – Topeka

    -Also on FOX KANSAS:

  • KSAS 24 (Fox) – Wichita
  • KAAS 18 (Fox) – Salina
  • KOCW 14 (Fox) – Great Bend
  • KSAS-LP 29 (Fox) – Dodge City
  • KAAS-LP 31 (Fox) – Garden City

The Jayhawk Network will supplement The Longhorn Network’s feed of the game with JTN announcers (to be determined), graphics and cameras. It is JTN’s first-ever statewide football telecast; the game will appear on the Longhorn Television Network in Texas and elsewhere around the country.

As it has for many years, the Jayhawk Television Network will also televise five men’s basketball games throughout the state of Kansas. The basketball and football games represent some of the more than 200 events that will air on the various platforms (over-the-air, cable and All-Access) of the Jayhawk Television Network during the 2011-12 academic year. Most will appear on Kansas Athletics’ AT&T Jayhawk All-Access, which is available via kuathletics.com.

Fans who subscribe to AT&T All-Access can watch Legends of the Phog, the Sept. 24 charity basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse that will bring together many of the former great players and coaches in KU’s storied history. Subscribers can also watch:

  • Late Night in the Phog, the annual tipoff of basketball practice.
  • KU’s two men’s basketball exhibition contests.
  • Football Coach Turner Gill’s post-game press conferences after home games.
  • Coach Gill’s weekly press conferences.
  • Football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball coaches’ weekly television shows.
  • Home women’s basketball games.
  • The Kansas Relays and other special events, including postgame interviews in many of Kansas’ 18 varsity sports.

Fans who subscribe may also listen to:

  • The complete radio broadcasts of KU football and men’s basketball contests, including pre- and post-game shows and post-game interviews with the coaches.
  • Men’s basketball coach Bill Self’s weekly press conferences.
  • Weekly Hawk Talk radio shows with Turner Gill, Bill Self and women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson.
  • Rock Chalk Sports Talk, a weekly hour-long radio show highlighting Kansas Athletics.

In addition, KU fans can watch home volleyball matches and baseball games free of charge.

Kansas fans can subscribe to Jayhawk All-Access by going to www.kuathletics.com and clicking on the AT&T Jayhawk All-Access button on the right. Jayhawk All-Access subscriptions are only $9.95 per month or $79.95 per year.