Bishop loses first game in two years, vows to bounce back
Jess C. Louk
The last time Michael Bishop lost a football game he was a senior in high school.
Since entering college, Bishop seemed to be doing just fine. He went undefeated at Blinn Community College, in the process capturing two national championships.
As a Division I-A quarterback for K-State, Bishop was 3-0.
Then he met the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The same Cornhuskers who have dominated Bishop's new team for the past 29 straight games.
The trend continued on Saturday. Bishop and the rest of the Cats' offense were manhandled in the Huskers' 56-26 win Saturday night. And even with a former undefeated quarterback, the Cats were still no better off against the Huskers.
"That was the first time I have seen a defense with that kind of quickness," Bishop said. "They have a great defense. They ran hard from the time I got the snap to the time the play ended."
With Nebraska's defense swarming all around him, Bishop was only able to complete 8 of 24 passes for 162 yards. Throughout the night, Bishop constantly found either a Husker in his face, someone knocking him down or a defender forcing him to try and tuck the ball and run with it.
When the Cats' offensive line gave Bishop time to throw the ball, he was inconsistent. On the Cats' first drive of the game, Bishop hit Everett Burnett between his numbers for big gains, on passes of 19 and 46 yards.
After those first two passes, Bishop wasn't able to complete a pass to anybody, except for a Nebraska defender in the second quarter. On Bishop's interception, he threw to a well-covered receiver and was able to hit him in the hands. The pass was then forced from the receiver's hands by the cornerback and picked off by Husker free safety Eric Warfield.
Bishop ended the half with two completions on seven attempts and one interception. Throughout the half, Bishop would hit his receivers in stride. On others, his passes would skip off the artificial turf, two feet in front of his intended target.
Even with these statistics, Coach Bill Snyder said his quarterback didn't play a poor game.
"For Michael, very average," Snyder said. "He competed until the last gun went off."
The 17 times Bishop tried to run the ball, he was only able to gain a total of 14 yards, which figures at 0.8 yards per carry. Although Bishop didn't put up big numbers and Snyder didn't think he provided a stellar performance, some Nebraska defenders were impressed with his play.
"He looked pretty mobile out there," defensive end Jason Peter said. "He is a great athlete who has a tremendous future. He can run as well as any quarterback we've seen this season, and we're just happy that we contained him as well as we did."
Now that Bishop has suffered his first collegiate loss, he isn't looking back. This Saturday, the Cats line up at home to take on the Missouri Tigers, and Bishop was already talking about the Tigers after the Nebraska game.
"I've just got to keep my head up and get ready for Missouri," Bishop said.
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