K-State’s nail-biting victory over Cincinnati in 1995 was voted as the fifth-best road win in the last 25 years by the k-statesports.com staff in Powercat Passport’s countdown of the program’s top wins away from home.
The Wildcats were ranked 21st in the nation entering this contest but fell behind 14-0 after the first half of play, mustering just two first downs in the opening stanza. K-State fell behind early, as Bearcats’ quarterback Eric Vibberts connected with Darrel Royal on a 67-yard touchdown strike on the second play from scrimmage. The first half score could have been worse, as Cincinnati started seven first half drives inside K-State territory with an average field position at the K-State 41.
K-State clawed back into the game with nine points in the third quarter as Martin Gramatica connected on a 21-yard field goal, followed by a Mike Lawrence two-yard touchdown run. The ensuing two-point conversion attempt failed and K-State entered the final quarter trailing, 14-9.
The Wildcats snared their first lead of the contest with 4:24 to play on a diving 28-yard touchdown reception by Kevin Lockett for a 17-14 advantage. After the two teams traded possessions, Cincinnati took control of the ball with 1:51 remaining and strung together its final touchdown drive. The drive was capped by a 10-yard pass from Vibberts to Robert Tate, giving the Bearcats a 21-17 lead with 44 seconds to play.
K-State took possession at its own 41 following a squib kick. Matt Miller scrambled on consecutive plays for eight and five yards, respectively, to pick up a first down at the Bearcats’ 46. The next three sequences did not bode well for the drive as Miller threw an incompletion on the first down play followed by a delay of game penalty and a second incompletion.
The Wildcats faced a third and 15 from their own 49, but were able to keep the drive alive with a Miller to Tyson Schweiger connection for 20 yards. Miller then completed his next pass to Mitch Running for nine yards to the Cincinnati 22 with just three seconds remaining. On the game’s final play, Miller rolled to his left and threw back to the right, finding Kevin Lockett at the goal line as time expired.
The weekly countdown of k-statesports.com’s top-10 road games will continue each week through August 31, when the No. 1 road game of the past 25 seasons as selected by the staff at k-statesports.com is announced. The countdown is leading up to the Wildcats’ season opener at Auburn on Sept. 1.
Each week’s game will be announced on Thursday afternoon on k-statesports.com, with the webcast of the game available the next day.
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Countdown to Kickoff: Top 10 Greatest Road Wins of the Last 25 Years
As voted by k-statesports.com staff
- #10: October 23, 1999 (Stillwater, Okla.) - #7 Kansas State 44, Oklahoma State 21
- #9: November 2, 2002 (Lawrence, Kan.) #14 Kansas State 64, Kansas 0
- #8: September 8, 2001 (Los Angeles, Calif.) - #12 Kansas State 10, Southern California 6
- #7: September 25, 1999 (Ames, Iowa) - #15 Kansas State 35, Iowa State 28
- #6: October 10, 1998 (Boulder, Colo.) - #4 Kansas State 16, #14 Colorado 9
- #5: September 9, 1995 (Cincinnati, Ohio) #21 Kansas State 23, Cincinnati 21
- #4: Released August 9
- #3: Released August 16
- #2: Released August 23
- #1: Released August 30