PREGAME SCENE: B
The Wildcat faithful do it up right. Lots of purple. Lots of tailgating. The scene would've gotten an A grade, but when Willie the Wildcat did his traditional pregame stunt of tackling the opponent — a guy dressed up as an “OSU Cowboy” — he did it where the Cowboy kickers were warming up. A little too close, if you ask me. Would hate to see anyone blow a knee because a mascot hit ‘em in pregame.
The Cowboys' orange helmet, white jersey, orange pant combo was a solid, clean look. Just not anything super special about it.
COVERAGE TEAMS: D
Brutal. The Wildcats not only had the 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown but also had three other returns for a combined 99 yards. And it wasn't just the guys trying to tackle the ball carrier. Quinn Sharp, who usually puts the ball in the end zone, wasn't on his game, and with calm winds, that wasn't the issue. The punt coverage team had its difficulty, too, allowing a big 39-yard return.
OSU FANS: A
Gotta give the Cowboy faithful some props. Against the No. 2 team in the country in an extremely hostile environment, OSU had a few thousand fans. And to the two Cowboy fans smack dab in the middle of the K-State student section at the 50-yard line — we salute you.