After the loss of Heisman Trophy candidate Collin Klein, there was no illusion that the Kansas State football program would be taking a step back in 2013. However, after the Wildcats won the Big 12 Championship in 2012, no one could have imagined that KSU would lose their season-opener to FCS member North Dakota State, but that is exactly what happened on Friday night.
If there was ever an FCS team to lose to, it is the North Dakota State Bison, as they are the two-time defending FCS National Champion, but it was still a big-time upset when NDSU knocked off K-State 24-21 on Friday. Quarterback Brock Jansen fell into the endzone with 28 seconds to give NDSU the go-ahead score, and it was almost as if the air was completely sucked out of the building in Manhattan, Kansas.
Jansen was the undisputed MVP of the night, accounting for all 3 touchdowns (2 passing, 1 rushing) for the Bison in leading the team to a gutty win. However, it was a total team effort, as the Bison held the Wildcats to just 320 yards of total offense, and picked off K-State quarterback Jake Waters twice on the night.
North Dakota State is no stranger to upset victories, as they’ve beaten Minnesota, Colorado State, and Kansas in the past few seasons, but this is probably their biggest non-National Title win in program history, and yet another example that anything can happen on a college football field.