Kansas State will look for its third-straight Big 12 win and bowl eligibility on Saturday as the Wildcats return home to host 23rd-ranked West Virginia at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The contest, which kicks at 2:30 p.m., will serve as the annual Fort Riley Day game and be shown nationally on ESPN2 with Anish Shroff (play-by-play), Mike Golic Jr. (analyst) and Roddy Jones (Field Analyst) on the call. The game can also be heard across the 40-station K-State Sports Network with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), former K-State quarterback Stan Weber (analyst) and Matt Walters (sidelines) calling the action. Coverage will also be available on SiriusXM channel 83 in addition to the TuneIn app. Live stats are available at kstatesports.com, while Twitter updates (@ kstate_gameday, @KStateFB) will all be a part of the coverage.
A LOOK AT K-STATE
- Guided by Hall of Famer Bill Snyder, who is in his 26th year at the helm, the Wildcats are looking to become bowl eligible for the eighth-straight season with their next win.
- K-State’s comeback win over Texas Tech (down 11 in fourth quarter) was the largest fourth-quarter deficit overcome since being down 35-21 to Iowa State back in 2015 and winning, 38-35.
- It was the largest fourth-quarter deficit overcome in a road game in program history.
- The K-State offense has rushed for 615 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground over the last three weeks against No. 9 Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Tech.
- The Wildcats, who have reached 200 rushing yards five times this season, enter the week third in the Big 12 in rushing at 193.4 yards per game, second in yards per carry (5.0) and third in rushing touchdowns (20).
- K-State is led on the ground by sophomore Alex Barnes with 587 yards and five TDs, while he became just the third player in school history to eclipse 1,000 career yards prior to the end of his sophomore season.
- Redshirt freshman quarterback Skylar Thompson led a second-half comeback against Tech, finishing 5-of-8 for 96 yards and a touchdown, while he added a rushing score prior to throwing the game-tying two-point conversion.
- Seven different Cats have scored on the ground this year, while three receivers have carded three touchdown catches in Byron Pringle, Dalton Schoen and Isaiah Zuber.
- The K-State defense is led by a pair of linebackers in Trent Tanking (75 tackles) and Jayd Kirby (64 tackles), both of whom rank in the top 12 in the Big 12 in tackles.
- Kirby has nine tackles, 5.0 TFLs, a sack, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and two pass breakups in his last two games.
- Cornerback Duke Shelley is tops in the Big 12 with 11 passes defended, including a pick-six at Texas Tech en route to Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors.
A LOOK AT THE SERIES
- K-State leads the all-time series, 5-2.
- The Cats had won the previous five meetings in the series until last year’s 17-16 setback in Morgantown.
- K-State is 4-1 against West Virginia since the Mountaineers joined the Big 12.
- The Wildcats are 2-0 at home against WVU following a 35-12 win in 2013 and a 24-23 win in 2015.
NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER
- Under Bill Snyder, K-State is 60-27-1 in the month of November, including a 19-11 mark in his second tenure.
- Since 2009, K-State has had five winning records in the month.
- With one more win, K-State will qualify for its eighth-straight bowl game and 19th under Bill Snyder.
- The Cats went to 11 straight from 1993-2003 and have gone each year since 2010 in his second tenure.
- K-State is one of 21 teams nationally to hold a current bowl streak of a least seven years.