October 14, 2007
Game At-A-Glance: K-State 47, CU 20
Kansas State wanted to run the ball against the Colorado Buffaloes and James Johnson made sure they accomplished the task. Johnson shined throughout Saturday's 47-20 beat down of the Buffs, but he was at his best in the fourth quarter when CU knew he was going to be running right at it. His 68-yard dash late in the game closed out the scoring and finished of the Buffaloes.
"It was very important. I don't think there are a lot of scenarios in sports other than if it's a Game 7 or the last game of the year, one of these must-win deals, but we basically told the players this was a hill that we were going to be willing to die on. That's kind of an inappropriate metaphor but we just said we were going to dig-in and our season might hinge on this game and we were going to play with everything we've got."
- Kansas State coach Ron Prince
Play of the game
You wanna see effort? K-State led by 20 points with eight minutes to go, but nobody could find the off-switch on James Johnson. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back, a senior with good vision and whom Prince said has the "body and stamina" to move the ball with more explosiveness this season, went up the gut of the Buffaloes' defense and fought jersey-grabbing All-Big 12 candidate cornerback Terrence Wheatley down the sideline, making one narrow escape after another. Middle linebacker Jake Duren finally forced Johnson to step out-of-bounds after a 40-yard gain, but this exemplified what K-State fans wanted to see out of the Wildcats' previously lagging rushing attack, which entered ranked 99th. Johnson never did go down on what was arguably the Run of the Year for the Wildcats so far.
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