The new kids in the Southeastern Conference have no intention of being pushed around.
So there we were, the final game of the 2011 season, the Cowboys at the Giants with the NFC East title on the line.
MANHATTAN - One week after piling up a school-record 35 fourth-quarter points, No. 20 Kansas State is preparing for a rematch of the game where it first earned a reputation for winning late.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven strong innings and the Kansas City Royals got home runs from Alex Gordon and Johnny Giavotella in a 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The banged-up Kansas City Chiefs are in wait-and-see mode with several injured players heading into their season opener against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Andy Roddick took up a new tradition in his final tournament.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Maurice Jones-Drew remains as passionate as ever about his value.
NEW YORK (AP) - Replacement officials probably can't start the regular season as poorly as they did the preseason.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - With fifth-ranked Oregon heavily favored in its nonconference schedule, Ducks head coach Chip Kelly must strike a balance between playing his starters and giving his backups valuable live-game experience.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California hadn't even taken the Coliseum field for its first game after its football postseason ban ended before reports of even more possible NCAA violations surfaced.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Joe Mauer's first grand slam of the year helped the Minnesota Twins finish off a successful Saturday.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Whether it's the Orange Bowl or playing at home, No. 11 West Virginia is comfortable with scoring a point a minute.
MANHATTAN - All week, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder harped on his team about starting fast. He wanted the No. 22 Wildcats to put away Missouri State early in their season opener, and give the backups some valuable repetitions before next week's showdown with Miami.
LOS ANGELES - Marqise Lee caught a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage and returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score, and No. 1 Southern California rolled Hawaii 39-10.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Tony Pierson rushed for two touchdowns, Dayne Crist connected with former Notre Dame teammate Mike Ragone on a short touchdown pass, and Kansas launched the Charlie Weis era Saturday night with a 31-17 victory over South Dakota State.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The first ticket has yet to be sold, but the richest fight in boxing history is getting richer by the day.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - In the 2008 national championship, with Kansas trailing Memphis by three and 10.8 seconds left in the game, coach Bill Self called for his team to run a play called "Chop."
Steps taken by the NCAA to address the ongoing attendance concern at the women's NCAA Tournament are working, at least in some places.
Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings have reached a standstill.
SEATTLE (AP) - For Gonzaga, it's on to the next round. For North Dakota State, it's back to the grocery store.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant likely won't return this season.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Duke started fast. Virginia finished strong.
SEATTLE (AP) - There was no caucus needed to decide this election. The two most impressive teams as the NCAA Tournament returned to Seattle for the first time in 11 years on Friday were from the state of Iowa.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Aaron Harrison scored 13 points, Trey Lyles added 11 with 11 rebounds and top-ranked Kentucky outworked eighth-seeded Cincinnati for a 64-51 victory Saturday to remain undefeated and reach the Sweet 16 for the second straight season.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - It took the NCAA Tournament to finally bring Kansas and Wichita State together.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The last few weeks have been an exercise in patience for Kansas. Shots haven't been falling, the offense hasn't looked good. The game has been a struggle.
WICHITA (AP) - Wichita State University fans hoping to watch the Shockers' NCAA tournament game Sunday at a Wichita arena should make other plans.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Rarely is Kansas an afterthought.