Kansas State had been in this situation before, clinging to a lead late in the game, the defense forced to hold on for dear life while an opponent tried to get into position for the winning points.
In the season opener against North Dakota State, the Wildcats folded like a cheap plastic lawn chair. The Bison ran right down field for a touchdown in the final minute that not only ruined Kansas State's celebration of last year's Big 12 title, but also raised eyebrows when the score flashed on TV screens everywhere.
On Saturday, Kansas State proved just how far it has come.
The Wildcats managed to hold TCU to a field goal - a 56-yarder at that - rather than let the Horned Frogs score a touchdown in the final seconds. That gave Kansas State enough time to head down field and kick a field goal of its own, one that gave the surging Wildcats a dramatic 33-31 victory.
''Earlier in the year, if that happened, I don't know if we'd have had the same result,'' said quarterback Jake Waters, w...