November 19, 2007
Cats know this is truly a 'must-win'
Surrounded by reporters and TV cameras on Monday afternoon, Josh Freeman's back was against the wall. After three straight losses, the Kansas State sophomore quarterback has gotten used to the feeling. Although the Wildcats have thrown around the term "must-win" in recent weeks, this will be it on Saturday. The Wildcats will visit Fresno State in front of a national TV audience. Win? Gain bowl eligibility. Lose? Season over.
Fresno State, 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the WAC, trails just Hawaii and Boise State in its division. The Bulldogs won five of six before a 37-30 loss at No. 16 Hawaii on Nov. 10. They're 4-1 at home where they have outscored opponents 130-70.
"They've had a pretty successful season," Freeman said. "They've won six games and we're still looking for our sixth. We just need to go out and play this week and get it done."
It's hardly the ideal situation for the Wildcats, 5-6 and 3-5, who come off a 49-32 loss to No. 6 Missouri last weekend in Manhattan and have dropped three straight for the first time in two years under Ron Prince.
Prince and the Wildcats will look to curb that trend when the meet the Bulldogs for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at 41,031-capacity Bulldog Stadium. Coach Pat Hill is 82-55 with the Bulldogs, who are known nationally for playing "anybody at anyplace and at anytime."
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