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Stunner for State in Manhattan

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The Bison defeated Kansas State 24-21 in dramatic fashion last night in Manhattan. While it was pretty unexpected for most of the county, it came as no surprise for the Bison who knew they had what it took to defeat the defending Big 12 champions last night.

Certainly no easy task for the herd though. Trailing 21-7 in the third quarter when Kevin Vaadeland caught Brock Jensen's 9-yard touchdown pass. Then Adam Keller's 41-yard field goal put the Bison within four heading in to the final quarter.

Finally, an amazing 80-yard drive by the Bison in the fourth was capped off by Jensen's 1-yard touchdown run with 28 seconds remaining. A hard fought, come from behind win for the two time defending National Champions as they take their fourth straight win over an FBS opponent. Despite two National titles, the Bison just won the biggest game, in program history.

"When we were down four with nine minutes left the light kind of clicked on," said senior wide receiver Ryan Smith. "We were like alright let's get this party started. Let's start playing bison football. Pounding it down their mouth. Converting our third down. Doing what we do best. I mean it's Bison football."

"You don't know how many drives you're going to get in a game, you just have to gut it out," added senior quarterback Brock Jensen. "It's one of those things. It's not going to be easy. But you have to look each other in the eyes and just realize how hard you worked in the off season. When it comes down to the last drive like that, that's what you live for."

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