The final score of the Kansas State Wildcats' win over the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2012 Sunflower Showdown tells only part of a story. Despite winning 56-16, the Wildcats led the Jayhawks just 21-14 at halftime. Players and coaches credited halftime adjustments for the eventual blowout win.
Junior linebacker Tre Walker said the defense was upset with the halftime score:
"We were emotionally angry because we felt like we should not have let them come out and show out like they did the first quarter and first half. For them to come out and make these fast drives, score back and forth like that, that is not our defense. That is not what we portray with the Lynch Mob at all. We just got together in the locker room and said we were not going to let that happen and that is what we did. We came out and stopped them."
Kansas managed just 56 yards of offense in the third quarter, as Kansas State started to pour it on the Jayhawks, outscoring their rivals 28-2 in that third frame.
Junior defensive back Ty Zimmerman credited the coaches for helping the players put the game away:
"The coaches did a great job of adjusting at halftime to some of their schemes, and we came out with more energy. Our offense seemed like they were scoring as soon as they got on the field. They did a great job, made the adjustments and executed in the second half."
When the game was over, the Wildcats had forced the Jayhawks into five turnovers and outscored them 35-2 in the second half.