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#11 Kansas State punched its ticket to the Blaine, Minn. regional of the DI National Playoffs with a 61-0 drubbing of Truman State Saturday, and did so after losing a lock to a red card seven minutes in. The Wildcats defeated Truman State 20-8 in their fall meeting, but have picked up some help from a handful of Australian students since then. Two complete K-State's midfield, and one, outside center Brett Frawley, scored a hat-trick Saturday.
Also scoring multiple tries on the day were fullback Kenny Scott, flyhalf Joe D'Agostino and No. 8 Tyler Hodges, who all touched down two a piece. All of them are native Kansans who've made the West All-Star squad multiple times. Along with senior captain Dan Knapp (also a Kansan), they make up a group of four players who've built the Wildcat program to heights it hasn't reached since 1981, when K-State last reached the national playoffs (They finished fourth in the country).
"Going to the Sweet 16 is a pretty big deal for us," said Hodges. "It's really exciting to have come from Dan Knapp and I's first semester in the spring of 2007, when we were struggling to find 15 guys to travel sometimes, to where we are now with a chance to do well in the national playoffs. The team is really excited about our opportunity, and hopefully we take advantage."
Knapp, Hodges, Scott and D'Agostino have all spent time in the Kansas City Blues 7s program, and Scott and D'Agostino represented the West in the Nationals Clubs 7s All Star Championships in New York last summer. Throw in the infusion of Australian help, and the Wildcats look poised to make some noise in the Sweet 16.